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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…

A Couple of Interesting Stats Worth Thinking About

A Couple of Interesting Stats Worth Thinking About

There was a study posted by Experticity and the University of Pennsylvania concerning employees and performance and it has some interesting data concerning well trained, knowledgeable employees at…

Top Stories

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…

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…

Going Back to Some Basics $

Going Back to Some Basics  $

You have seen the volatility in the stock market – frankly, around the world. There…

CMI Flash Advance Report: Economic Trouble Ahead?

CMI Flash Advance Report: Economic Trouble Ahead?

The latest version of the Credit Managers Index is not very encouraging and we provide…

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…