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The Last Days of Summer

by Ralph Cole, CFA
Executive Vice President of Research

The U.S. economy was indeed stronger than first reported in the second quarter as estimates were revised higher this week when the commerce department reported that the U.S. 391 more words

Weekly Market Makers

Welcome to the Eurozone, where banks pay to lend to each other

“EONIA’s gone negative???” I hear you cry. “Holy Cow!!!”

Well maybe not. The Euro Overnight Index Average is a pretty nerdy number that usually only means anything to a small bunch of bankers who shovel large blocks of money around Eurozone financial markets, but today it stands for the Looking-Glass World loopiness created by the Eurozone’s most recent economic swoon. 467 more words


Eurozone bank lending, sentiment fall again, pressuring ECB

Another raft of overwhelmingly negative economic data hit the Eurozone Thursday, with bank lending to the private sector falling again in July, along with a broad survey of business and consumer confidence. 465 more words


Triple-dip recession for the European Union?

Slow growth in the Eurozone’s money supply could help explain the EU’s faltering GDP

The Eurozone group of 18 economies seems on the verge of falling into its third recession in six years. 922 more words

FP Comment

The European Union

Having returned from Brussels yesterday, I can safely say the EU is a complex topic. I spent two hours visiting an exhibition within the EU buildings, and still didn’t get through all of the information before closing time. 1,075 more words

Political Theory

France's Hollande demands new government after leftist dissent

* Valls hands in govt resignation after internal criticism

* Focus on fate of outspoken leftist economy minister

* Crucial moment for future reforms, 2015 budget (Adds bond yields, analyst, Filipetti) 931 more words


Weekly Importer / Exporter Analysis 8-25-14

Importers sweep the week.  Given the geopolitical problems in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Israel, Ukraine, and Russia, investors are moving into dollars as a safe haven.  This increases the global value of a dollar, giving an advantage to importers.  160 more words