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A Move in Europe Could Hurt US Auto Sales. $

Auto insurance hikes in the UK are expected to rise by 5.5% in 2015 and could accelerate even faster after November of this year. Consumers who are in the 23-29 years of age group will get hit with the sharpest increases. This is all due to an increase that the British Government’s increase in Insurance […]

Grexit Risk from Greece Sweeps Media Again Today $

You may have seen already that there are now some analysts suggesting that a Greek exit from the Euro could come in 2016.  The notion is pretty simple, upon analysis of its economy, future debt obligations, and success of current austerity measures, Greece can’t workably get through this period of financial distress without an exit […]

Nangka Striking Japan.

Tropical storm Nangka is going to hit some of the main production areas in northern Japan sometime on Sunday. It shouldn’t create a lot of actual problems because the storm is currently just a Category 1 storm. But, localized flooding and some tree damage is to be expected. That will also bring with it some […]

Is Greece Behind Us? $

Just a couple of Greek headlines today and overnight. First, the Greek parliament passed the new resolution which included a set of new austerity measures. That was a big step and was done in an overwhelming majority in the face of anarchist protests outside of the parliament house.

Ending on a Positive: UK Retail Sales Surge.


The UK is the bright spot on the globe (that’s an exaggeration), but it did turn in an impressive June retail sales report. Retail sales were up 2.9% in June, and same-store-sales were up 1.8%. Analysts say that lower fuel prices and weaker inflation rates were helping the UK consumer turn out in strong numbers.

Japan LEI Off .1%.

Japanese Fish Market

It was essentially a flat report for May, but the Japan LEI came in down .1%. That tends to be consistent with what we have seen in the Japan and Asian markets – lackluster volume in the region. Business failures were among the negative impacts to the LEI, which should be significantly concerning to us. […]

Chinese Auto Demand Plummets in June.

chinese car

Some are calling it a real barometer of what is happening on the street in China.  But, auto sales in June were down 3.4% over June of 2014. That was the first major drop in nearly two years and the main authority on the Chinese auto market cut its growth forecast from 7% to just […]

South Korea Leading Economic Index Falls in May.

As we try to get a flavor for what is happening in markets around the world (especially those that are big trade partners with the US), we will hit some small stories to try and paint the picture. South Korea reported its leading economic indicator index for May (the LEI will help us understand what […]

Malaysia – Another Nation to Worry About $


The third largest economy in the region was once seen as a beacon of developing world progress and was certainly listed as a member of the “Asian Tigers”. Those days are becoming distant memories and of late the situation looks worse by the day. The Premier – Najib Razak – has been accused of siphoning […]

Greece – Again! $

Greece flag

Is there any end to this? The answer is a somewhat equivocal yes but only in terms of this round of an ongoing crisis. We have heard an endless discussion of offers and counter offers and nothing ever seems to change. The referendum was no shock to anyone and that was made clear by the […]

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