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Now that the Jackson Hole hoopla is behind us, traders can exhale and move on to the next order of business, which, incidentally, isn’t all that different from the previous order of business: Fretting about interest rates.

Or, specifically, as Jeff Miller of the Dash of Insight blog asks in his weekly preview: Will the Fed get the signal to hike rates? The answer, he says, lies in the next crop of economic data, which will certainly get “special scrutiny” this week.

Of course, extra special scrutiny will be reserved for the end of the week, when we get the August employment number. Until then, there’s more than a few notable reports to keep us occupied (more on that in the “The economy” section).

And so we enter another stretch with the market precariously perched near record highs. Despite these lofty levels, there are plenty of bullish analysts out there optimistic about the coming sessions. One of them is Jeffrey Saut of Raymond James. He puts the worst-case scenario for the market at a 5% drop over the next month. What’s more, “if we don’t follow through on the downside with vigor, the S&P 500 could test new highs,” he said.

Don’t count famed investor Jim Rogers among the rose-colored-glasses set. While he had some bullish things to say about Russia and North Korea, of all places, he isn’t giving the U.S. and Europe much love in our call of the day (see below) He’s all about the shocks that are headed our way.


The call

Jim Rogers recently shared a wide range of his views on the global investing landscape with Real Vision, and he definitely appears comfortable in the company of the doom-and-gloom bunch. Zero Hedge nicely summed up the lengthy interview, in which Rogers points to Europe, the U.K and the U.S. as markets ripe for a hit. “You should be short the U.S.,” he said. “That’s the market that’s still the highest. It hasn’t gone down yet.”

But don’t bother shorting Japan, it’s already down 75%. Same with Russia. “Who wants to short Russia? I’m long Russia,” Rogers said. “I mean, where are you going to short? Everything’s collapsed.” He even had some positive things to say about North Korea, claiming “we’d all be rich someday” if we loaded up on that country’s currency.

Rogers says he is also optimistic about China, which he described in the promo video below as “the most important country in the 21st Century.” Still, he warned that there will be some wrenching developments along the way. The kicker: “The next time the world comes to an end, it’s going to be a bigger shock than we expect.”

Here’s a taster from the interview:

The chart

The Visual Capitalist blog’s Jeff Desjardin used this infographic to break downwhich countries are most damaged by low oil prices. “While low commodity prices can hurt any major producer, oil prices can have a particularly detrimental effect on oil-rich economies,” he said. “This is because, for better or worse, many of these economies hold onto oil as an anchor for achieving growth, filling government coffers, and even fueling social programs.”

The buzz

Get ready for a bunch of debuts from the sleepy IPO market next week. All sorts of companies plan to go public after Labor Day, but the window, according to the Wall Street Journal, is expected to close in October ahead of the presidential election. “We’ve been preaching ‘go now’ to the right companies that have been ready for some time,” JD Moriarty, head of Americas equity capital markets at Bank of America, told the Journal.

Caesars CZR, +0.16%  could take a hit this morning. Shares fell 12% late Friday after a bankruptcy court judge said the gaming company can’t shield itself from bondholder lawsuits seeking claims of about $11 billion.

The economy

Personal income and outlays for July kicks off a busy week of data at 8:30 a.m. Eastern this morning. Two hours later, the Dallas Fed Survey of Manufacturing Activity hits. Aside from Friday’s jobs report, other key numbers to look for are the ISM index and auto sales on Thursday, as well as consumer confidence on Tuesday. Read:U.S. jobs creation sticks to fast lane even as economy drops below speed limit.

The stat

30 hours — That’s how much a select group of employees at AmazonAMZN, -0.13%  will be working per week in an upcoming experiment, according to the Washington Post. These employees will be salaried and get the same benefits as the 40-hour workers, though they’ll receive only 75% of the pay full-timers earn.

The quote

“Ann is one of the most repugnant, hateful, hatchet-face b***es alive. It’s not too late to change, Ann. You could kill yourself!” — British comedian Jimmy Carr, at Comedy Central’s Roast of Rob Lowe. Clearly, it was Ann Coulter, not the ”St. Elmo’s Fire” heartthrob, who took the most verbal abuse from the roasters.


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