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Tag Archives: economy
1. Economic data and Political Instability: Recent economic data continues to disappoint. Meanwhile, the political situation in Russia could create adverse headwinds for surrounding economies, notably Germany. The ECB should surely be concerned by these developments.
Today, at their monthly interest rate meeting, the ECB announced no significant changes to their monetary policy settings. Market expectations had recently shifted from expecting an immediate start to sovereign Quantitative Easing (QE), to looking for a signal that sovereign … Continue reading
Last Week in the Capital Markets OPEC’s failure to cut production shocked the market: Commodities: On Thursday, OPEC didn’t cut production. WTI crude lost $7 on Friday, ended the week down $10 to $66 (lowest since 2009). Gold fell $21 … Continue reading
The Fed confirmed the end of Quantitative Easing (QE) and changed its rhetoric on the job market. The unemployment rate is (finally) gradually declining, as is the underutilization in the labor market, although it remains high by historical standards. The … Continue reading
After four consecutive down weeks, the S&P 500 Index returned 4.2% last week – its biggest weekly gain since January 2013. Earnings reports (IBM and Amazon were notable exceptions) were generally above expectations (75% beating versus 66% normally), but a … Continue reading