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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…

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…

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…

UK Continues to Surprise $

UK Continues to Surprise $

Many analysts are probably downplaying the strength coming out of the UK economically. The Office for National Statistics reported today that UK industrial production rose .4% in April, much better…

China and Africa $

China and Africa  $

For the past decade the story of Africa has been the story of the new frontier and much of the commentary has centered on how well the Chinese have done…

Russia and China Conclude a Gas Deal $

Russia and China Conclude a Gas Deal  $

Here is an object lesson as far as the efficiency of an autocratic states vs that of a democracy. The Russians have just cut a $400 billion deal to supply…

Japan Manufacturing Falls into Contraction $

Japan Manufacturing Falls into Contraction  $

The Japanese manufacturing sector is struggling. If you paid attention to Sony’s release – you would see that much of the slowdown has been blamed on so-called Abenomics (which has…

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