Sep 4

US Role in Europe’s Refugee Crisis; Migration in

Crisis in Numbers With an influx of 800,000 migrants, per year, and rising steeply, Europe struggles with what to to with…

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Sep 3

Interest Rates and Bond Yields: Where are They

With all the chatter about whether the Fed will hike on September 17 or not, let's do an interest rate…

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Sep 2

Canada in Recession with Two Consecutive Quarters of

Yesterday, Yahoo!News reported Canada Officially Enters Recession. Reeling from low oil prices, Canada fell into a recession in the first half…

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Sep 1

Investigating Consumer Confidence: 3-Month Low? 10-Month Low? Near

Last week, three different measures of consumer confidence came out: University of Michigan: Consumer Sentiment Conference Board: Consumer Confidence Level Gallup: Economic Confidence…

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Aug 31

China Starts Witch Hunt for Those Obstructing Government

In China, a massive witch hunt is underway. Beijing regulators now seek individuals who  have destabilized the markets and spread rumors. Official…

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Aug 30

Cost of PUTs on Shanghai Index Hits Record

In spite of the recent plunge on the Shanghai index, as recently as August 24, CALL options on the index…

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Aug 29

Still “Too Early” to Decide on Rate Hikes:

Still "Too Early" After all the hemming and hawing by nearly every Fed governor, and despite the fact the Fed has…

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Aug 28

Fed Queen Race: Personal Income Rises 0.4% as

Personal income for July rose as expected in today's Personal Income and Outlays report. Consumer spending rose nearly as expected,…

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Aug 27

Yet Another Dispute Over GDP; What’s Really on

Disputes over GDP go on and on and on. MarketWatch reports By another measure, the U.S. economy was ho-hum in…

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Aug 26

Economic and Social Tipping Points: Have We Arrived?

Economic Tipping Points Was the Surprise Devaluation and Currency War by China two weeks ago an economic tipping point? How about the…

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Aug 25

Another Wild Ride; Stocks Collapse Into Close; Dip

When I went to bed last night (actually something like 3:30 AM this morning), Dow Futures were up something like…

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Aug 24

Chinese Stocks Extend Slide, Down Another 6%; S&P

Following a day in which only 6 out of 500 S&P 500 stocks rose, a snap back of some sort…

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Aug 22

Don’t Worry, IMF Says “Premature” to Speak of

Growth in China is slowing rapidly. How rapidly is a subject of much debate. Today, a senior IMF official says…

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Aug 21

Oil Crash Continues: West Texas Crude Below $40,

The crash in oil prices continues. Here are a couple charts to consider. West Texas Crude   Brent Crude   West Texas Intermediate broke the…

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Aug 20

Strong Home Sales? Price Mismatch?

Economists are bubbly over home sales, especially existing home sales that came in at the top end of the Bloomberg…

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Aug 19

Another Round-Trip in Crude; Search for Inflation; Another

Crude prices are back to where they were in 2004. Before that, crude previously topped near $41 in September of…

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Aug 18

Motor Vehicles, Housing Starts Boost GDPNow 3rd Quarter

A 15% boost in motor vehicle assemblies added 0.5 percentage points to the Atlanta Fed GDPNow Forecast for 3rd quarter…

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Aug 17

“Out of the Blue” Plunge in New York

Out of the Blue Plunge Last month, the Empire State Manufacturing report eked out a small gain, giving economists grounds for…

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Aug 16

Major War Resumption in Ukraine

A reader emailed a link to an article proclaiming Ukraine Erupts into all-out WAR! Cease Fire Ends as multiple cities…

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