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Last week, the Federal Reserve announced plans to shift to a tighter monetary policy to allow for interest rate hikes sooner than expected. The move is in an effort to keep inflation from spiraling out of control and was in response to reports of a surge.

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Last week, the Federal Reserve announced plans to shift to a tighter monetary policy to allow for interest rate hikes sooner than expected. The move is in an effort to keep inflation from spiraling out of control and was in response to reports of a surge in inflation. November's Consumer Price Index rose the fastest it has since 1982, while the Producer Price Index showed a rise in wholesale prices, the fastest pace on record.

The data had Fed Chair Powell acknowledging that there's a real risk that the pandemic-era inflation will stick around for longer than initially expected. Investors initially cheered the news, as a Wednesday rally signaled relief that a plan of action was revealed.

Price action over the past two days has shown a different side, however, as already weak Retailers sold off further in the face of reduced consumer spending amid higher prices. Fast-growing Tech stocks also came under selling pressure, as the erosion of future earnings due to inflation spooked shareholders.

There were pockets of strength last week, however, with areas such as Real Estate stocks trading higher. REITs tend to do well in times of inflation, as they generate revenue through the properties they own. Many long-term leases on these properties include inflation clauses that allow them to increase rent, with the income being passed on to shareholders.

DAILY CHART OF CUBESMART (CUBE)

Cubesmart (CUBE) is a smaller self-storage operator; however, the company just announced a $1.7 Billion acquisition that will help them grow while expanding further within the Western U.S.  

Currently, CUBE offers a 3.1% yield and the stock is poised to break out of a 6-week base, with its RSI in positive territory. CUBE has a MACD that just had a bullish crossover from a very low level. A base breakout at $57 would be an ideal entry point.

DAILY CHART OF PUBLIC STORAGE (PSA)

Public Storage (PSA) is the largest owner and operator of self-storage facilities, with operations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The company reported quarterly results early last month that were ahead of estimates, while also raising guidance for the remainder of this year.

The 2.2-yielder is in a confirmed uptrend on its daily chart as it finds support at its upward-trending 5-day moving average. Its recent advance has put the stock into an overbought position, however, and we'd be a buyer on any pullback that would allow the MACD to reset for another leg up.

WEEKLY CHART OF CROWN CASTLE INT'L CORP. (CCI)

Last up is an infrastructure REIT focused on cell towers and fiber optic networks in the U.S. With carriers building out their 5G networks, companies such as Crown Castle (CCI) are providing new tower sites and equipment that's providing rural areas with mobile services.

Crown Castle sees a decade-long investment cycle in 5G and, because of that, the company estimates that they can grow their dividend at a 7%-8% annual rate over the long term. CCI is poised to break out of a 5-month base at $205 and, with its MACD crossing from a low level on its weekly chart, the stock is poised to trade higher.

In addition to REITs, there are other areas that are showing relative outperformance in an otherwise difficult market. This would include a select sub-industry among Technology stocks. If you'd like to uncover these select groups and the stocks I've highlighted to benefit, use this link here to gain immediate access to my latest reports.

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On this week's episode of StockCharts TV's The MEM Edge, Mary Ellen reviews where the relative strength is in the markets and shares individual stocks that are expected to remain strong into next year.

On this week's edition of Chartwise Women, Mary Ellen and Erin Swenlin talk about their favorite chart patterns, with Mary Ellen going in-depth on Base Breakout patterns while Erin covers the Double Bottom, Ascending Triangle, Falling Wedge, Bull Flag and Triple Bottom patterns.


Warmly,

Mary Ellen McGonagle

President, MEM Investment Research

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Global Industry Statement on the WTO Moratorium on Customs Duties on Electronic Transmissions

Global Industry Statement on the WTO Moratorium on Customs Duties on Electronic Transmissions
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NEW YORK, May 17, 2022

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NEW YORK, May 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) joined today nearly 100 other global trade and industry associations to urge WTO members to renew the Moratorium on Customs Duties on Electronic Transmissions at the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference in June.

According to the statement, allowing the Moratorium to expire would be a historic setback for the WTO, representing an unprecedented termination of a multilateral agreement in place nearly since the WTO's inception – an agreement that has allowed the digital economy to take root and grow. All WTO members have a stake in the organization's continued institutional credibility and resilience, as well as its relevance at a time of unprecedented digital transformation.

Continuation of the Moratorium is critical to the COVID-19 recovery. As detailed by the United Nations, the World Bank, the OECD, and many other organizations, the cross-border exchange of knowledge, technical know-how, and scientific and commercial information across transnational IT networks, as well as access to digital tools and global market opportunities have helped sustain economies, expand education, and raise global living standards.

Continuation of the Moratorium is also important to supply chain resilience for manufacturing and services industries in the COVID-19 era. Manufacturers – both large and small, and across a range of industrial sectors – rely on the constant flow of research, design, and process data and software to enable their production flows and supply chains for critical products.

The Moratorium is particularly beneficial to Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs), whose ability to access and leverage digital tools has allowed them to stay in business amidst physical restrictions and lockdowns.

Failure to renew the Moratorium will jeopardize these benefits, as customs restrictions that interrupt cross-border access to knowledge and digital tools will harm MSMEs, the global supply chain, and COVID-19 recovery – increasing digital fragmentation. As UNCTAD has explained, such fragmentation "reduces market opportunities for domestic MSMEs to reach worldwide markets, [and] ... reduces opportunities for digital innovation, including various missed opportunities for inclusive development that can be facilitated by engaging in data-sharing through strong international cooperation.... [M]ost small, developing economies will lose opportunities for raising their digital competitiveness." 

The rest of the statement can be found here.

Media Contact: Kira Yevtukhova, kyevtukhova@uscib.org

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“The Real President Is Whoever Controls The Teleprompter”: Musk Delivers Scathing Criticism Of Biden

"The Real President Is Whoever Controls The Teleprompter": Musk Delivers Scathing Criticism Of Biden

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"The Real President Is Whoever Controls The Teleprompter": Musk Delivers Scathing Criticism Of Biden

Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times,

Tech billionaire Elon Musk this week warned that the United States must take steps to address inflation or it will end up like socialist Venezuela.

Musk, who is currently in the process of acquiring Twitter, told a virtual conference that he believes the government has printed too much money in recent years.

“I mean, the obvious reason for inflation is that the government printed a zillion amount of more money than it had, obviously,” Musk said, likely referring to COVID-19 relief stimulus packages worth trillions of dollars that were passed in recent years.

U.S. inflation rose by 8.3 percent in April, compared with the previous year. That’s slightly lower than the 8.5 percent spike in March, but it’s still near the 40-year high.

“So it’s like the government can’t … issue checks far in excess of revenue without there being inflation, you know, velocity of money held constant,” the Tesla CEO said.

“If the federal government writes checks, they never bounce. So that is effectively creation of more dollars. And if there are more dollars created, then the increase in the goods and services across the economy, then you have inflation, again, velocity of money held constant.”

If governments could merely “issue massive amounts of money and deficits didn’t matter, then, well, why don’t we just make the deficit 100 times bigger,” Musk asked. “The answer is, you can’t because it will basically turn the dollar into something that is worthless.”

“Various countries have tried this experiment multiple times,” Musk said.

“Have you seen Venezuela? Like the poor, poor people of Venezuela are, you know, have been just run roughshod by their government.”

In 2018, Venezuela, a country with significant reserves of oil and gas, saw its inflation rise more than 65,000 percent amid an economic crash that included plummeting oil prices and government price controls. The regime of Nicolas Maduro then started printing money, thereby devaluing its currency, which caused prices to rapidly increase.

During the conference, Musk also said the Biden administration “doesn’t seem to get a lot done” and questioned who is actually in charge. 

“The real president is whoever controls the teleprompter,” he said.

“The path to power is the path to the teleprompter.”

“The Trump administration, leaving Trump aside, there were a lot of people in the administration who were effective at getting things done,” he remarked.

Musk’s comment about the White House comes as Jeff Bezos, also one of the richest people in the world, has increasingly started to target the administration’s economic policies. Bezos, in a series of Twitter posts, said the rapid increase in federal spending is the reason why inflation is as high as it is.

“Remember the Administration tried their best to add another $3.5 TRILLION to federal spending,” Bezos wrote on Monday, drawing rebuke from several White House officials. “They failed, but if they had succeeded, inflation would be even higher than it is today, and inflation today is at a 40-year high.”

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Summit Healthcare REIT, Inc. COO/CFO Elizabeth Pagliarini participates in the 9th Annual IMN Real Estate CFO & COO Forum

Summit Healthcare REIT, Inc. COO/CFO Elizabeth Pagliarini participates in the 9th Annual IMN Real Estate CFO & COO Forum
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LAGUNA HILLS, Calif., May 17, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Elizabeth Pagliarini, COO/CFO of Summit Healthcare REIT, Inc. ("Summit") joined five other industry leaders on the Executive Roundtable at the 9th Annual IMN Real Estate CFO & COO Forum at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California. The panelists shared their thoughts and experiences regarding the post pandemic environment, namely the recovery progress and how businesses are changing, trends in tenant lease terms, and the transition back to working in the office and its implications for new hires. They also provided insights into the availability of financing and how terms have changed over the past six months, how they are managing supply chain crises, rising costs of sourcing and materials, and staffing shortages, the changes made to core processes over the past 18 months and whether these changes would be permanent, and how investor communications have changed in recent months.

About Summit Healthcare REIT, Inc. 
Summit is a publicly registered non-traded REIT that is currently focused on investing in seniors housing and care real estate located throughout the United States. The current portfolio includes interests in 53 facilities in 14 states. Please visit our website at: http://www.summithealthcarereit.com

This material does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy Summit Healthcare REIT, Inc. 

This release may contain forward-looking statements relating to the business and financial outlook of Summit Healthcare REIT, Inc. that are based on our current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections and are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, and you should not place undue reliance on any such statements. A number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statements contained in this release. Such factors include those described in the Risk Factors sections of the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, and the quarterly report for the period ended March 31, 2022. Forward-looking statements in this document speak only as of the date on which such statements were made, and we undertake no obligation to update any such statements that may become untrue because of subsequent events. We claim the safe harbor protection for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

CONTACT
Chris Kavanagh
(800) 978-8136
ckavanagh@summithealthcarereit.com

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