The U.S. economy: recovery or slowdown? It still comes down to a four letter word: JOBS

February 8, 2012

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U.S. consumer confidence unexpectedly declined in January. The New York based Conference Board reported on January 30th that the confidence index fell from 64.8 to 61.1 exceeding even the most pessimistic forecast. Some economists were actually projecting an increase to 68.0. Americans are worried about their job status, income, rising food and gas prices, and […]

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What is the true underlying strength of the Euro? Hope & Other People’s Money (OPM)

January 20, 2012

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Ancient Greece, considered to be the cradle of civilization for the western world is where it all began. No, not the development of culture and sophistication, but the decline of the euro zone empire. The addiction of excessive, cheap borrowing, major economic slowdown on the verge of recession,  and fear of sovereign debt default  has […]

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China-Japan form currency bloc. Is this the New Kid on the block?

January 9, 2012

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In late December the Japanese government announced that Japan and China will advance direct trading of yen and yuan without using U.S. dollars as the base. Further volatility and uncertainty in the worlds’ currency markets, created by the European debt crisis, has encouraged the promotion of a medium that will cut trading costs and will […]

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Is India on the path to a Sovereign debt crisis?

December 19, 2011

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It begins with the financial instability of a nation’s banking system. Rising interest rates and a higher price tag for insurance against default of a bank’s bonds are the harbinger of difficult fiscal times ahead. These increasing cost of funds for Indian banks are growing at the fastest rate in Asia and are creating a […]

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The U.S. Federal Reserve Bank rides to the Rescue

December 2, 2011

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Do you remember a few years back when the major European banks were required to go through a financial examination to determine their fiscal stability? It was designated as the “European Bank Stress Test” and 91 of the foremost banks passed with flying colors. Initially, the market response was one of relief and reassurance. However, it was later disclosed that […]

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Japanese Central Bank- Throwing good money after bad

November 11, 2011

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The Japanese Yen is the flavor of the day, the week, the month and the year. Whenever there is even a hint of economic and/or political commotion, the Yen is the sought out asset by international investors and speculators.  It is an interesting phenomenon, considering that Japan’s budget deficit is almost twice the size of […]

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European Sovereign Debt Crisis: Has China Boarded the Train?

October 28, 2011

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As part of a plan to lower Greece’s debt burden, and to try and contain the two year European Union crisis, it has been reported that euro zone leaders have come to an agreement with private banks and insurers.  The agreement imposes upon those banks and insurers to accept a 50% loss on their holdings […]

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Don’t look to China to lead the world out of it’s economic woes

October 14, 2011

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For many years and through many recessions, the United States’ economy was the steam engine for the world. It was joked that when the US caught a cold, the rest of the world got the flu. But what happens when the US economy gets the flu?  With economic globalization, the symptoms for regional recessions and […]

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Double dip recession, depression or just a slowdown? The questions remain…

September 30, 2011

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US Durable Goods orders dropped while consumer spending and consumer confidence are down. Corporations are not hiring new employees or investing, despite sitting on 2 trillion dollars in reserves. The financial markets are once again concerned with the growing number of people still being fired, and home sales are down to record levels – due […]

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The Never Ending Story of European Sovereign Debt Default & Bank Instability

September 15, 2011

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The spiraling financial downfall towards default began with Greece and has spread to Ireland, Portugal, Italy and Spain.  At first it seemed impossible, then unlikely, and now headlines actually predict that Greece is 98 percent likely to default on its sovereign debt.  If Greece defaults, EU leaders and ECB officials will be trying to come […]

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