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The Failure of Austerity: Greece

By: HaleStewart

     I want to finish out this series on the failure of austerity by looking at the poster child of failed austerity policies: Greece.  Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - May 12, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

EUR-USD drifted modestly higher during the Europe AM, lifting to a high of 1.3767, though this is barely more than 20 pips above the Asia low. The pair was essentially consolidating the sharp losses seen in the wake of the ECB meeting last Thursday, while EUR-GBP managed to clocked a 15-momth low amid broader sterling demand, with the U.K. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - May 12, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

The main currencies saw narrow ranges in pre-European trade in Asia. Developments in Ukraine continued to have little impact, while news that China will relax limits on foreign investment in listed companies and expand capital flow quotas, which lit a fire under Chinese equity markets, also had limited impact on currencies. Read more

Weekly Indicators: the Spring spring flowering in May edition

By: New_Deal_democrat

This monthly data for April was sparse, featuring a positive ISM services index. First quarter productivity declined, but unit labor costs were up. My weekly report on the high frequency weekly indicators is meant to provide an up-to-this-week snapshot of the economy. Read more

International Week in Review: Big Central Bank Week Edition

By: HaleStewart

This week was clearly central bankers week with the Australian, ECB, UK and US central banks either setting policy or making major statements. Most of the data pointed to a continued slow upward grind throughout the developed world. However, there were some cautionary developments as the US' productivity declined and Fed Chair Yellen issued a cautionary note on housing. The news from the EU was mostly positive. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - May 09, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar was broadly higher in N.Y. trade on Friday, adding to its post-ECB gains versus the euro, and tacking on upside against the other major currencies as well. EUR-USD posted 1.3755 lows, as USD-CAD shot higher on a very soft employment report, as USD-JPY edged to 101.85. Read more

Another long leading indicator - deflated corporate profits - probably turned negative in Q1 2014

By: New_Deal_democrat

One of the long leading indicators, which usually turn a year or more before the economy as a whole, is corporate profits. In the first quarter of 2014, it may have turned down. According to Marketwatch, http://www.marketwatch.com/story/great-expectations-2014-05-06."[E]arnings growth is slowing. Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - May 09, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

The USD firmed moderately against the EUR and other currencies during both the Asian and European AM sessions. EUR-USD dipped to a new 'post-ECB' low of 1.3804, Cable coattailed EUR-USD, ebbing to a low of 1.6899. USD-JPY firmed made a high of 101.79, having recovered from a dip to sub-101.50 levels during the Tokyo session. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - May 09, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

The USD is modestly firmer against most currencies after advancing during the New York PM session and then holding largely steady in pre-Europe Asia trade. USD-JPY firmed to the 101.70-75 area after closing in London around the 101.60, recovering from a dip to sub-101.50 levels in the interim. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - May 08, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar was mixed in N.Y. trade on Thursday, with most of the action coming from EUR-USD losses. The ECB left policy alone at its meeting, as was widely expected, though he opened the door widely for a June move, saying the council is comfortable acting at the next meeting. Read more

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