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Capital Flight Out of Emerging Markets Accelerate.

The emerging markets saw about $40 billion fly to safe havens around the world just in the third quarter of 2015. The Institute of International Finance put the report out and it showed some significant concern over the trends shaping the emerging markets. Again, we believe this is largely why the Federal Reserve did not […]

Challenger Report Shows Layoffs Up. $

There was a significant rise in September layoff activity at US corporations. The Challenger, Gray, and Christmas report on layoffs for the month showed that those figures rose by 43%, the third highest month-over-month increase this year.

Manufacturing Disappoints. $

It wasn’t a surprise to those watching the manufacturing sector and the regional ISM reports over the past week. We knew that the national manufacturing composite figure would come in weak.  And, to be honest, most economists thought it would come in a little weaker than it did. The top line composite figure came in […]

Auto Sales Surge in September. $

Let’s kick today’s brief off with some really positive news – and it comes out of the automotive sector. Ford, GM, and Chrysler all reported sales in September that surged. They were up 23%, 12%, and 14% respectively. There was a bit of a caveat in the data however.

Secret to Global Growth? – Women $

There is a common lament these days – all worry and fretting over the slow pace of global growth and the fact that sluggish economic progress may now become the “new normal”. The data certainly supports this gloomy outlook as trade has not been this slow since the recession started in 2008 and overall growth […]

Fiat and the “Pope” Effect. $

The world actually tuned in to the Pope’s visit to the United States. CNN covered the landing of the plane and every aspect of the first moments of the Pope’s visit, we sat in an airport and watched it between flights. But there was something else that happened during the first part of the visit […]

Slight Rise in Jobless Claims 

The jobless numbers were off a tiny bit this week but the average remains healthy – this is basically normal turnover and less even than many analysts had expected. The smaller number of summer hires was an issue earlier in the year but now it seems to have helped as there have not been as […]

Durable Goods Orders Retreat $

As expected the level of durable goods orders fell this month and the revisions of the prior month went down as well. This month the numbers fell by 2.0% compared to August and the July numbers were revised from a 2.2% increase to one of 1.9%. This slump has not taken anybody by surprise, as […]

Time to Turn to Education. $

We did a project for a client this week looking at education spending across several states. What we saw in the data not only shocked us, but it shocked our clients. The spending for education infrastructure (buildings, heating and cooling, etc.) is absolutely deplorable in some states. The state of Colorado has one of the […]

GDP for Q2 Gets a Boost. $


Second quarter GDP was revised slightly higher by .2 percentage points to 3.9%. That boost came on the back of an increase in consumer spending and a boost in business investment in the quarter. As this new data rolls in, we get at least four revisions to GDP. That’s good for the retrospective view of […]

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