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Portugal Banking Situation Takes Another Turn $

Portugal Banking Situation Takes Another Turn  $

The holding company of troubled bank Banco Espirito Santo (BES), Espirito Santo International, has filed for creditor protection (what the Portugal market would call “controlled management”). This is sending a…

It’s not the Big Mac Index…But $

It’s not the Big Mac Index…But  $

McDonald’s reported earnings for the second quarter today and the company took a big hit. As is our policy with all corporations, we only run financial news when it pertains…

What to Do on a Honeymoon $

What to Do on a Honeymoon  $

Narendra Modi is two months into his historic term and time is starting to slip away to some degree. There is a honeymoon period in India just as there is…

UK Industrial Production Drops $

UK Industrial Production Drops  $

Industrial production in the UK fell in May as manufacturing facilities settled back down after a robust production period from February through April. That might suggest that the consumer (whether…

Why Are People Worried About Inflation? $

Why Are People Worried About Inflation?  $

This is more than a rhetorical question. Of course we all know what makes inflation such an issue. The price hikes that are triggered by an inflation spike will affect…

What Would Change the Oil Price Situation $

What Would Change the Oil Price Situation  $

First, a review of the year in fuel pricing and some of the more salient factors. The expectation at the beginning of 2014 was that fuel pricing would be lower…

Be Careful How you Read the Signs – on a Positive Note

Be Careful How you Read the Signs – on a Positive Note

Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen yesterday delivered the Fed’s news: the US economy was being downgraded from a projection of 2.8% growth to 2.1% in 2014 with additional systemic risk. On…

China Affected by Housing Issues $

China Affected by Housing Issues  $

The property market in China is still a drag on the overall economy and one that has been somewhat resistant to the latest efforts at stimulating the economy. Most assume…

Chinese Auto Sales Jump 13% in May $

Chinese Auto Sales Jump 13% in May  $

Chinese automakers sold about 1.5 million vehicles last month – which was almost exactly in-line with estimates. Both GM and Ford saw strong demand for their Asian lineup of vehicles.…

Chinese Inflation Rises More than Forecasted $

Chinese Inflation Rises More than Forecasted  $

Inflation in China rose to 2.5% in May, slightly higher than the 2.4% forecasted by economists and the fastest rate of growth in more than 4 months. Producer prices for…

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