Brad McMillan, Commonwealth’s CIO, recaps the market and economic news for May. It was a tough month, with U.S. and international markets down. At the same time, May’s decline could be considered modest, and it was not based on fundamentals. Instead, it was all about confidence, which was rattled by a reignited trade war with China and proposed tariffs on Mexico. Still, there was some good news. Consumer spending picked back up, and job growth remained strong. Where does this leave us as we start June? Stay tuned to find out. Follow Brad at blog.commonwealth.com/independent-market-observer.