FEARS RATTLE INVESTORS

FEARS RATTLE INVESTORS
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"Equity markets are under pressure amid news that President Trump will sign a memorandum this afternoon targeting China's economic aggression. Tariffs on Chinese imports worth as much as up to $60B could be unveiled, stoking fears of a global trade war. According to several sources, China is already preparing to retaliate with tariffs of their own focused on U.S. exports of soybeans, sorghum, and live hogs.
The U.S. stands ready to defend our producers that may be harmed by foreign country retaliation, in particular farmers and ranchers who are often the first to be targeted by trade actions, according to the USDA. Besides China, more worries could be on the horizon if the Trump administration pulls out of NAFTA. Mexico and Canada together represent nearly one-third of total U.S. agricultural exports."
-The Morning News on Wall Street
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For those of you needing a refresher course on the NAFTA acronym:
North American Free Trade Agreement
"Since the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada went into effect, trade within North America has increased dramatically. Exports from the United States to Mexico have risen 150% and exports to Canada are up 66%. This much is beyond dispute."
The agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States entered into force on January 1, 1994.
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In my mind, the suggestion of imposing tariffs is going to escalate the growing rift felt between, already competitive countries at odds, and anxiety and uncertainty is going to continue to feed our wealthy investors and create havoc for the rest of the world.
It is quite likely that instability is going to continue to be the growing theme on Wall Street and of that there will be no shortage.
Consumer faith is going to steadily decline for obvious reasons and the markets wiil grow increasingly riskier and fewer folks will take them.
Fears rattle investors.
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Governments, markets, leaders, and investments are shaky, dicey and unpredictable.
 The unreliable, volatile fluctuations observed within our economy combined with the growing animosity of significant countries is a poor combination.
Hmmm ...
-Maybe it's time to let go of the hedge-fund ideas and stick with the hope-fund idea and bury ourselves in the eternal security to be found in Christ alone.
-Maybe it's time to absorb God's never-changing Word like a sponge as we watch the uncertainty of our ever-changing world unravel around us.
-Maybe its time to insist on preparing for the bigger eternal picture instead of living like this little temporal one is all there is.
-Maybe it's time to wrap our lives and existance around something more substantial and meaningful than the here and now.
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Praise God for all that He introduces us to in His attempts to drive us and draw us to Himself. Insecurity and uncertainty prove notable agents.
Praise God for His stalwart, stable position and presence in our unstable, fluctuating times.
Praise God for the reliability of One sure and eternal stock that's never going anywhere but up.
Praise God for all He affords us and provides us with on this temporary station called earth.
Know the forecast,
Read the forecast,
 And invest in the stock called eternity.
Christ died, arose, and He's coming again;
Read the signs and prepare accordingly.
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"When the Son of Man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory. And before Him shall be gathered all nations, and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats; And He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world."
Matthew 25:31-34