Central Bank & Tax System Makeover, Updates: DIR, SMU, AAR, WIR.U, SIA, Preferred Shares.
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The US dollar perked up last week, on a plan from the US President to cut taxes for nearly everyone in the US, including estates. The logistics for how this is to happen without increasing the US annual budget deficit have not yet clearly been laid out.
In previous budget initiatives under the Trump administration, increases were matched with cost cuts. The bond markets were placated then and will be again providing the same approach is used. These next and long anticipated proposed tax changes are also happening along with the appointment of the US Central Bank chairperson. The selection process is playing out much like a once popular reality TV show. All the while, Trump's shoulders seem broad enough to keep the heat on North Korea to negotiate with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. As a barometer for the market's reaction to each and all of these events, 10 year bond yields have been steady. This week's comments focus on each of these three situations to identify how they could impact interest rates.
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