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Spanish Gridlock. $

There is still no government in Spain – after over four months have passed since an election that left no party with enough seats to control parliament. The largest party…

China “Cuts” Mortgage Down Payment Requirements. $

Maybe you saw this, but at first when we saw the headlines out of China we thought “oh no, not you”. China is cutting the minimum down payment requirement for…

Will Zika Slam Brazil GDP?

Will Zika Slam Brazil GDP?

We told you about the Zika virus last week – and now it’s all over the news.  The World Health Organization has issued a global health crisis as a result…

Understanding Your Market Growth Potential (construction example)  $

Our readership is very diverse; leaders of various types of corporations want to know how the economy affects them and the running of their companies – not necessarily their stock…

Manufacturing Report – a Different Take  $

The ISM Manufacturing Report on Business came out yesterday and it was met with mixed views. Some market analysts saw it as being negative enough that it would hold the…

Corporate Suicide and Petroleum. $

I happened to be listening to CNBC today to an interview with Sol Trujillo of the Latino Donor Collaborative, maybe some of you heard it, and the discussion of oil…

Bailing Out the Oil Dependent

Bailing Out the Oil Dependent

Much has been written about the challenges faced by the big oil producers. The US is feeling the pinch in terms of economic growth and overall employment while Canada is…

Taiwan Slips Into Recession.

Taiwan has officially slipped into recession as it posts its second consecutive quarter of negative GDP.  For now it’s a razor thin drop, GDP contracted in Q4 by just .28%.…

Durable Goods Crash

The latest data on durable goods was worse – far worse – than was expected. The consensus view had been expecting a decline of perhaps 0.7%. It has been clear…

What Seems to be on Their Mind? $

The Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee met this week and you might be excused for having missed it. This was not a meeting with a lot of fireworks as everybody…

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