Weekly Update – September 12, 2011
For most of us, 9/11 feels like yesterday. For a younger generation, Sunday’s services etched a memory of that day onto minds too young to recall it. Three-thousand-six-hundred and fifty-two days have since passed, but as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg so poignantly stated, “We can never un-see what happened here.” While most Americans wish they never had to witness the events of that defining day, they are equally determined never to forget them.
The 10th anniversary closed a decade that witnessed two wars, massive changes in national security, the Great Recession, and most recently, the death of the elusive terrorist who masterminded the attack. And no longer is ground zero merely a reminder of what was, but a symbol of rebirth. With the breathtaking National September 11 Memorial now open and the yet-to-be-finished Freedom Tower rising 961 feet above the street where 2,983 lost their lives, history remembers the resilience of the human spirit.
The financial world also stands changed by the events of September 11. Once the physical financial center of the country, the area near ground zero has become largely an upscale residential neighborhood. Pre 9/11, tourists could visit the
New York Stock Exchange and stand in a galley to watch the trading, but not anymore. Even though the building itself sustained no damage when the Twin Towers fell, the exchange has since been considered a target and the visitor center remains closed. On the floor of the exchange, traders must now go through security barriers and x-ray machines under the watch of armed officers – something those who have flown on a commercial airliner since 9/11 can relate to.
While Sunday marked a day of reflection and tears for many of us, and while both the tragedy and heroism of 9/11 will long be remembered, Americans will move forward this week. Concerns surrounding Europe’s debt crisis will rear their ugly heads again, and headlines about stock market volatility will doubtless be featured in the news. And when they are, we would all do well to keep things in perspective and be thankful for the life we enjoy, even if it has been altered by the events of September 11th, 2001.
Tuesday – Import and Export Prices, Treasury Budget
Wednesday –Producer Price Index, Retail Sales, Business Inventories, EIA Petroleum Status Report
Thursday – Consumer Price Index, Empire State Mfg Survey, Jobless Claims, Industrial Production, Philadelphia Fed Survey
Friday – Treasury International Capital, Consumer Sentiment
Moments of silence were observed in New York City Sunday on the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center and killed nearly 3,000 people. “Ten years have passed since a perfect blue sky morning turned into the blackest of nights. Since then, we have lived in sunshine, and in shadow,” said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
China’s record imports and a rebound in lending signaled strength that offers a bright spot in a global economy contending with Europe’s debt crisis and weakening U.S. job gains. Government reports in the past two days showed that shipments from abroad jumped 30% and new local-currency loans were a more-than-forecast 548.5 billion yuan ($86 billion).
The average price for regular gasoline at U.S. filling stations rose 5.76 cents to $3.6669 a gallon last week.
Bank of America Corp.is preparing to slash 40,000 or more jobs and close 10% of its branches nationwide. The details of the plan were not officially announced, but the information was disclosed by three Bank of America executives who have been briefed on the plan but were not authorized to speak publicly.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.” – C.C. Scott