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Is This the End of US Importance?   $

Is This the End of US Importance? $

  The news has been all over and the headlines are all ominous. The US is no longer the largest economy as China has overtaken it. The largest…

The Global Focus for the Federal Reserve  $

The Global Focus for the Federal Reserve $

At the start of the year the Federal Reserve added some new members and they are having an impact on the way the Board thinks. Stanley Fischer was…

Economic Blasts – A Quick Round-Up of Important Events  $

Economic Blasts – A Quick Round-Up of Important Events $

  The latest numbers from Markit are not all that reassuring as far as China manufacturing is concerned. The data shows that there is still growth but it…

Top Stories

Existing Home Sales Improve $

Existing Home Sales Improve  $

One of the critical pieces of the national economic outlook is the role of the…

California, Keep Your Fingers Crossed

California, Keep Your Fingers Crossed

There is a “train” of offshore storms that are going to inundate the Northwest with…

Corporate Earnings Season Heats Up – Interesting Insights $

Corporate Earnings Season Heats Up – Interesting Insights  $

There will be more than 228 corporate earnings releases between now and Friday. Those earnings…

Rail Sector is Calling “Bunk” on the Sell-Off $

Rail Sector is Calling “Bunk” on the Sell-Off  $

If we take JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley and others at their word (and they…

The Retail Prognosis $

The Retail Prognosis  $

Nothing focuses the mind of the economist this time of year more than the upcoming…

Geopolitics

Hong Kong Protests and the Impact on US Business $

Hong Kong Protests and the Impact on US Business  $

It may have been a little muted on the US national media scene, but at least 100,000 protestors have shut down streets in Hong Kong for a third…

Ebola “Spiraling Out of Control” – CDC $

Ebola “Spiraling Out of Control” – CDC  $

The UN said that it needed more than $600 million to get the “worst Ebola outbreak in history” under control. Following on the heels of that announcement, there…

Russia to Update Military Doctrine by End of the Year $

Russia to Update Military Doctrine by End of the Year  $

Russia will update its “military doctrine” originally drafted in 2010. This doctrine is the list of threats to the Russian Federation that its military will be built to…

Fukushima Rice Exports to Resume $

Fukushima Rice Exports to Resume  $

This is one of those stories in which you just need to be aware and draw your own conclusions from. We have not been shy about running stories…

Analysts Blaming Geopolitics for Market Sell-off $

Analysts Blaming Geopolitics for Market Sell-off  $

Wall Street is blaming what they are saying is a host of new geopolitical risks as the reason for today’s sell off in the market. We aren’t that…

Raw Materials

Crude Oil Takes a Plunge – Could Get Serious $

Crude Oil Takes a Plunge – Could Get Serious  $

West Texas Intermediate broke through a number of technical levels today. We pulled the following chart from investing.com to show you…

Crude Oil Drops on Strong Dollar and Demand Speculation $

Crude Oil Drops on Strong Dollar and Demand Speculation  $

Because of a strong dollar outlook (as mentioned) and weaker demand speculation,…

The Drop in Commodities in One Data Point $

The Drop in Commodities in One Data Point  $

There was a big drop in commodity prices today. More details on specific commodities below. But, when we try to understand…