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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…

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%.…

Italian Bank Stocks in Trouble Again

One of the more consistent stories over the last few years has been the ongoing struggle of the banks in the southern states of Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy. There…

How Bad is it Going to be in China?  $

The year started off with a crisis in the markets triggered in part by concerns over China. The fact that China has been slowing is not really new, this has…

Can China Intervene Enough 

Can China Intervene Enough 

The stock market collapse in China is both a serious situation and one not to worry that much about. There are many parts of China’s economy that are perplexing but…

Commodities Casualties  $

The price of commodities has tanked – generally. It is not just oil that has seen such a drastic fall, this has been the case with everything from iron ore…

China Continues to Slow 

There are always assumptions about China and they are almost always wrong. During the major growth years, the assumption was that China had discovered some magic formula that would allow…

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