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France asks for more ECB action to weaken euro

gata.org / By Mathieu Rosemain, Stefan Riecher, and Tony Czuczka / 2014-09-01 00:53

By Mathieu Rosemain, Stefan Riecher, and Tony Czuczka Bloomberg News Sunday, August 31, 2014

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-31/france-asks-for-more-action-fro…

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls called for more action from the European Central Bank to lower the value of the euro, [...]

Markets Set To Surge On Global Manufacturing PMI Bloodbath

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 09/01/2014 07:18 -0400

If last week’s disappointing global economic data, that saw Brazil added to the list of countries returning to outright recession as Europe Hamletically debates whether to be or not to be in a triple-dip, was enough to push the S&P solidly above 2000, even [...]

29/8/2014: Stability… of Negative Growth: Euro Area in Historical Perspective

trueeconomics.blogspot.com / Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev / Friday, August 29, 2014

Washington Post has a nifty chart plotting the demise of Europe…http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/08/20/worse-than-the-1930s-europes-recession-is-really-a-depression/

That’s not just ‘periphery’ up there in black. It’s the entire euro area, with the stellar performer Germany, solid Austria and exports-rich Belgium and the Netherlands, competitiveness-leading world superstar Finland, the best-educated country in [...]

WHY IS EUROPE NOT ‘COMING TOGETHER’ IN RESPONSE TO THE EURO CRISIS?

yanisvaroufakis.eu / Yanis Varoufakis / August 29, 2014

In this article I ask a question on everyone’s lips: Almost everyone agrees that the Eurozone was a one-legged giant; a monetary union lacking a political ‘leg’ to stabilise it. If so, why has the Euro Crisis (which surely strengthened that view on the back of its [...]

Great Graphic: The Euro and Commodity Prices

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / August 28, 2014

This Great Graphic, constructed on Bloomberg, shows the CRB Index (white line) and the euro (yellow line) over the past six month. It is not meant to imply a causal relationship; as in weaker commodity prices cause the euro to fall.

What we are interested in [...]

Goldman Slashes EURUSD Forecast To 1.20

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 08/29/2014 11:17

Having flip-flopped from forecasting EUR strength for the next 12 months in April (target 1.40), Goldman has rapidly ratcheted down its expectations for the flailing currency to 1.30 previously and now forecasts EURUSD at 1.20 in 12 months. As Goldman notes, “because we believe [...]

Daily Pfennig: Aussie CAPEX Shoots Higher!

caseyresearch.com/ By Chuck Butler / August 28, 2014 5:15am

In This Issue.

* Dollar is soft again this morning. * Euro plays game of back & forth around 1.32. * Canada’s Current Account Deficit to narrow? * A British tweet gets them in hot water.

And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts.

Aussie CAPEX [...]

We Are Now Living In A World That Is Teetering On The Brink

kingworldnews.com / August 28, 2014

Today one of the legends in the business warned King World News that we are living in a world that is teetering on the brink. Keith Barron, who consults with major companies around the world and is responsible for one of the largest gold discoveries [...]

They Fall Faster than they Rise

traderdannorcini.blogspot.com / By Dan Norcini / August 26, 2014

One of the interesting things about markets is the speed at which they can fall in price compared to the length of time it takes them to rise. That is the reason that you will sometimes hear certain traders speaking of having a preference for being [...]

French Government Falls “Amid Turmoil”

acting-man.com / By Pater Tenebrarum / August 26, 2014

Montebourg Gives a Speech – to Unexpected Effect

It all started harmless enough. The economically illiterate French “industrial renewal” minister Arnaud Mounteba…sorry, Montebourg, delivered one of his usual fiery addresses on the alleged evils of non-existent “austerity” imposed by the stingy and small-minded [...]

Great Graphic: Currency Volatility Firming

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / August 25, 2014

The low volatility in the currency markets has frustrated speculative investors, and dampened activity. However, as this Bloomberg-generatedGreat Graphic shows, implied volatility has begun firming. Participation appears to be increasing, and this is also evident in the futures market.

Three-month implied euro volatility (white line) [...]

Guggenheim’s Minerd: “Don’t Fight The Treasury Bond Rally”

zerohedge.com /by Scott Minerd via Guggenheim Investments on 08/25/2014 12:49

Don’t Fight the U.S. Treasury Bond Rally – U.S. Interest Rates Could Head Significantly Lower.

The consensus among market watchers last September was that, with U.S. interest rates so low and the U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed) about to withdraw [...]

25/8/2014: Ifo Surveys of Business Climate & Expectations: Germany & Euro Area

trueeconomics.blogspot.com / By Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev / August 25, 2014

Earlier today, Ifo Institute published its survey of business sentiment in Germany. Here is the latest analysis of their data alongside the previously released euro area sentiment.

Euro area economic climate survey returned index reading of 118.9 at the start of Q3 2014, down [...]

Russia Continues To Strengthen Ties With Germany & China

kingworldnews.com / August 19, 2014

Today an acclaimed money manager told King World News that Russia is continuing to strengthen ties with Germany and China. Stephen Leeb also spoke about gold, silver, and the fact that Russia has just announced they will let the ruble float and [...]

16/8/2014: Three Charts of Euro Area’s Abysmal Growth Performance

trueeconomics.blogspot.com / Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev / Saturday, August 16, 2014

Few charts to summarise the continued problems with growth in euro area and the ‘peripheral’ states:First, consider changes in real GDP on pre-crisis peak:

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Great Graphic: Euro Remains Decoupled from Peripheral Spreads

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / August 13, 2014

The 10-year German bund yield dipped below 1.0% briefly today for the first time, encouraged by the unexpected contraction in Germany’s Q2 GDP. Ideas that the area’s stagnation in Q2 coupled with still no signs that inflation has bottomed, fans speculation of new initiatives by the [...]

Daily Pfennig: U.S. Retail Sales Disappoint. Again!

caseyresearch.com / By Chuck Butler / August 14, 2014 4:35am

In This Issue.

* Currencies remain mixed but… * The bias to buy dollars remains. * N.Z. Retail Sales are strong! * Rickards talks about Gold reserves

And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts.

U.S. Retail Sales Disappoint. Again!

Good Day! . And a [...]

Global Policy Divergence – Really??

news.goldseek.com / By: Axel G. Merk, Merk Investments / 13 August 2014

Last week, European Central Bank (ECB) head Draghi talked about the de-coupling of the ECB and the Fed’s policies, of policy divergence. Lots of pundits have suggested the same. With due respect to their views, my analysis of the data suggests [...]

Euro Area Credit and Money Supply

acting-man.com / Pater Tenebrarum / August 5, 2014

Loans to the Private Sector Keep Declining, Money Supply Growth Slows

We want to briefly update the most important credit and monetary data of the euro area, which we last briefly discussed in March (see: “Overview of Recent Monetary Trends”, which focused however more [...]

Knock, Knock, Knock… Here it Comes once more

traderdannorcini.blogspot.com / Dan Norcini / August 5, 2014

By that, I am referring to the US Dollar, as portrayed by the USDX. The greenback is once again knocking on the door at the top of a nearly year long trading range. That door is up near the 81.65 level. The bottom of the range is [...]

Services PMIs in Focus

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / August 5, 2014

The service PMIs have provided sufficient incentives to widen the currency ranges seen yesterday, though the net change is modest. It was the strong UK service PMI that spurred the euro’s losses more than that slight down tick in the euro area flash reading, as [...]

Death of the Dollar? Gold is an Inflation Hedge? Really?

news.goldseek.com / By Gary Tanashian / 29 July 2014

[ed: Excerpted from NFTRH 301's opening segment. Those looking for paint by numbers directions and casino game instructions (talking to readers at a certain site that may or may not re-publish this article) feel free to just skip the article. You will not [...]

US Dollar Moving for a Test of Resistance

traderdannorcini.blogspot.com / Dan Norcini / July 29, 2014

Since November of last year, the US Dollar has been thwarted from beginning any sort of upward trending move by the region near 81.50 on the USDX. It is once again moving towards a showdown with this critical chart region. Can the Greenback blast through and [...]

Great Graphic: Spot the Secular Stagnation

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / July 27, 2014

This Great Graphic was tweeted by the Financial Acrobat. The charts show US and euro area GDP in log charts that also plot the pre-crisis trend.

It is clear that the crisis has thrown the US off its prior path, but it now appears to [...]

Draghi Safety Net Becomes Blindfold to Risk as Bonds Soar

gotgoldreport.com / Gene Arensberg / Friday, July 25, 2014

David Goodman reports for Bloomberg: Two years since European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s historic promise to defend his currency bloc, there are signs bond investors are growing too complacent under his protection.

While Draghi’s pledge, backed up with unprecedented policy action, held the euro region [...]

World Central Bank Secret Agreements?

armstrongeconomics.com / by Martin Armstrong / July 25, 2014

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand hiked its official cash rate by a quarter point to 3.5%. Outside of Europe that seems to be in an economic death spiral, interest rates are poised to rise. The ECB is happy with that for flooding Europe with [...]

The Euro

armstrongeconomics.com / By Martin Armstrong / July 23, 2014

The Euro continues to sink lower as the dollar has risen to eight-month highs on worries over tougher sanctions to be imposed upon Russia and their potential impact on the seriously weak Eurozone growth. The tax rates in Europe are simply insane and now even the [...]

Gold & Silver Trading Alert: Euro’s Breakdown and Its Implications

news.goldseek.com / By: Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA / 23 July 2014

Briefly: In our opinion (full) speculative short positions in gold, silver and mining stocks are now justified from the risk/reward perspective.

The Euro Index broke decisively below the rising long-term support line (based on the 2012 and mid-2013 bottoms) and this is a major [...]

Euro Eases to New 2014 Lows

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / July 22, 2014

The euro slipped through the low of the year and the weekly trend line going back to 2012. However, it found bids near $1.3460 and has recovered a bit. The key on the upside now is $1.3500. A move above there and the technical tone can [...]

Euro Slips, but will it Break?

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / July 22, 2014

The US dollar is posting modest gains against most of the major currencies. The Australian dollar is a the main exception. Following the government’s nonchalant attitude last week, the central bank governor failed to mention the exchange rate in a speech. This seems to be emboldening [...]