Financial Sense

The Curious Timing of Japan's Stimulus Announcement
Stratfor's picture

Now that elections in Japan's upper house are over, Tokyo has turned its attention toward getting the country's sluggish economy on track. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Wednesday a 28 trillion-yen ($265 billion)...

Should Investors Fear China’s Anti-American Protests?
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Following The Hague’s ruling on the South China Sea, Chinese netizens have called for protests and boycotts against American companies. How concerned should investors be about anti-American sentiment among Chinese consumers?

Tale of Two Economies: Industrial vs. Consumer
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Is the economy strong or weak? The safe answer is – both. GDP and median income growth have remained weak, but employment and consumer spending are healthy. Manufacturing and construction hiring and wage gains have been anemic...

Oil Extends Losses as EIA Reports Filling Inventories
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As the latest weekly inventory report from the EIA shows builds to both crude and gasoline, prices have reversed course and are charging lower. Hark, here are six things to consider in energy markets today.

Gold Bullion Jumps Before Fed Rate Decision and Durable Goods Plunge
Adrian Ash's picture

Gold bullion rose in a tight trading range Wednesday in London, regaining last week's close of $1325 per ounce after new US data – released before today's July interest-rate decision from the Federal Reserve – showed orders for fridges...

Everything Hinges on Inflation (Expectations)
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A few weeks ago I wrote a piece about the flattening yield curves in the top five economies. The implication being that these economies are under duress, as investors forgo adequate compensation in favor of stashing their cash...

Great Graphic: How the US Recovery Stacks Up
Marc Chandler's picture

Until now the recovery from the Great Financial Crisis has been the weakest from the post-WWII compared to the last four contractions. However, as Kruger points out, assuming that the Atlanta Fed's GDP tracker is accurate, this dour assessment will no longer hold...

Spread Thin — How the Fed Manipulates Financial Spreads
Alex Barrow's picture

We’ve all heard the constant chorus of central bank bashing. The ridicule comes from a diverse crowd, ranging from retail Joe Schmoes to prominent hedge fund managers… and I admit, Fed economists make for easy targets.

Why Pokemon Go Scares Middle Eastern Governments
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Pokemon Go is creating headaches for Middle Eastern governments, as concerns over security and subversion prompt call for intervention. Pokemon Go has quickly become a global phenomenon, the latest viral sensation boosted by...

US Housing Recovery Continues, Though Headwinds Remain
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The state of the housing market in the United States is perennially of concern to investors, and though the market overall is in recovery, there are several considerations investors need to take into account before committing their capital.