Don’s Notebook June 26, 2018


Home prices slowed during the early part of Q2 and the Case-Shiller report is the latest to confirm the softening. Case-Shiller’s 20-city adjusted index managed only a 0.2 percent gain in April which was short of expectations.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said that a Treasury Department report later this week on American restrictions on foreign investment won’t be as broad as investors fear as he sought to allay a trade standoff.

Overnight, the MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 0.1 percent while Japan’s Topix closed 0.2 percent higher, recovering from losses of more than 1 percent earlier in the session.

In Europe, major indexes were higher as stocks rose on the back of a weakening euro.

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Dr. Don Pratl is Director of Trader Development and Education for TradeStation. He joined TradeStation in 2016 after holding similar roles with other online brokerages. Don’s long career in the financial services industry reflects expertise in administering trading and investment strategy programs for retail investors as well as financial services professionals. Since the 1980s, he has held various positions in areas including CBOE trading floor order execution, marketing, sales, personnel management, training and customer service. Don holds series 3, 4, 7 and 63 FINRA licenses, earned his Ph.D. in Organization and Management, and his M.A. and B.A. in Political Science. He has been an occasional adjunct college instructor since 2004 at a range of institutions, teaching undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students using in-class and online formats.