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US Troops Are Heading To Ukraine

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 09/02/2014 14:55

While only ‘humanitarian adviser’ boots on the ground are present in Iraq (and Syria), Reuters reports that preparations are under way near Ukraine’s western border for a joint military exercise this month with more than 1,000 troops from the United States and its allies. As [...]

Great Graphic: Eurozone/US Divergence

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / September 1, 2014

This Great Graphic was created on Bloomberg. It depicts the US manufacturing PMI (white line) and the eurozone manufacturing ISM (yellow line). There has been a clear divergence since the start of the year. Briefly, in January, the eurozone reading rose above the US. This [...]

European Close Sends S&P Tumbling Back Below 2,000

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 09/02/2014 12:03

“Good news” it would appear in the exuberant ISM and construction data, has morphed into bad news now that Europe has closed and US equities are tumbling. Despite the best efforts of VIX and JPY, the S&P 500 cash index just broke below the crucial 2,000 [...]

Government asks for “do-overs” and delays in no-fly lawsuits

papersplease.org / September 2nd, 2014

Faced with a series of Federal court rulings upholding challenges to “no-fly” orders, or allowing them to proceed toward trial, the US government agencies responsible for “no-fly” orders have responded by pretending that they don’t understand what the courts have ordered them to do.

Instead of complying with court orders, [...]

Precious Metals Markets: China vs US

ingoldwetrust.ch / Koos Jansen / August 30, 2014 at 9:57 am

In anticipation to the launch of the Shanghai Gold Exchange international board, that presumably will start shifting gold pricing power from West to East, in this post we’ll examine the historical trading volumes of the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), the Shanghai Futures [...]

The Regulatory Attack on US Business Is Not the Real Problem

thedailybell.com / By Staff News & Analysis / August 29, 2014

The criminalisation of American business … Corporate settlements in the United States The criminalisation of American business Companies must be punished when they do wrong, but the legal system has become an extortion racket … Who runs the world’s most lucrative shakedown operation? The [...]

ISIS Sends 2nd Beheading “Message In Blood” Video; Warns Kurds “Huge Mistake Joining Hands With America”

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 08/29/2014 12:41

Just hours after hours after another video purporting to show the mass execution of up to 250 Syrian soldiers in the desert, The Independent reports ISIS has released a video apparently showing the beheading of a Kurdish man in Iraq as a warning to Kurds fighting the [...]

Germany Unemployment Jumps

armstrongeconomics.com / by Martin Armstrong / August 29, 2014

Merkel is under serious pressure from two fronts. The sanctions against Russia are having a major impact upon the European economy as a whole. This has caused Merkel to bluntly state that the US cannot solve all the problems of the world. Indeed, what she [...]

Rethinking Japan’s “Lost Decades”

mises.org / by Peter St. Onge / August 29, 2014

One of the great economic myths of our time is Japan’s “lost decades.” As Japan doubles-down on inflationary stimulus, it’s worth reviewing the facts.

The truth is that the Japanese and US economies have performed in lock-step since 2000, and their performances have matched each [...]

“Economic Pilot in Reverse”: US Consumer Spending Unexpectedly Dips; Zero for 79

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / by Michael Shedlock / August 29, 2014

Mainstream media headlines in the last two days offer an amusing look at GDP forecasts.

GDP Stronger Than Expected

Yesterday, the Financial Times reported US Rebound Stronger than First Thought.

The US economy’s second quarter bounce was stronger than previously thought, with [...]

Initial Jobless Claims Drop Back Under 300k, Continuing Claims Rise

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / 08/28/2014 08:37 -0400

“Slack” or “no slack” – initial claims tumbling along the bottom of the lowest levels in a decade suggest the US economy’s job creation is as good as it gets. Initial claims was stable at 298k (vs expectations of 300k) down very small from the 299k [...]

Futures Slide As Ukraine Fighting “Re-Escalates” Again

zerohedge.com / Tyler Durden / 08/28/2014 07:04 -0400

If you like your de-escalation, you can keep your de-escalation. To think that heading into, and following the Russia-Ukraine “summit” earlier this week there was so much hope that the tense Ukraine civil war “situation” would somehow fix itself. Oh how wrong that thinking was [...]

26/8/2014: Ukraine: Road-Map toward De-Escalation

trueeconomics.blogspot.com / By Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev / August 26, 2014

There are several major roadblocks for devising and implementing a functional road map to deliver peaceful de-escalation and ultimately resolution of the conflict in the Ukraine. Some are quite directly logistical (this does not make them any less important, although this does imply different [...]

JPMorgan Sees 50% Chance Of ECB QE By Year-End, Will Ease More Next Week

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 08/26/2014 11:42

Wondering why US and European stocks knee-jerked higher in the last hour – wonder no more. JPMorgan released a report stating they expect the ECB to ease next week, masking some policy changes next week to make TLTROs more attractive and even a slight [...]

Time to Short the US Dollar? Go Long Commodities?

globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com / By Michael Shedlock / August 22, 2014

Is it time to short the dollar?

Saxo bank chief economist Steen Jakobsen thinks so. Via email from Steen …

What is wrong with changing your mind because the facts changed? But you have to be able to say why you changed [...]

The Schizophrenic US Housing Market In One Chart

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 08/21/2014 12:05

For those who are looking for just one chart with which to summarize the US housing market, here it is courtesy of the NAR, which earlier today reported July existing home sales, which despite beating expectations, were still 4.3% below the 5.38 million annualized homes sold [...]

Collision of the Internet With Elite Stratagems Creates ‘Interesting Times’

thedailybell.com / By Staff Report / August 19, 2014

36% Of Americans Haven’t Saved Anything For Retirement … Over a third of all Americans (36%) have not saved any money for retirement, according to a new Bankrate.com (NYSE: RATE) report. Sixty-nine percent of 18-29 year-olds haven’t saved anything, along with [...]

German Stocks Give Up Week’s Gains As Bund Yields Plunge To Record Lows

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden on 08/15/2014 11:47

News of the Ukrainian destruction of part of a Russian military convoy sent European stocks (and bond yields) plunging. German DAX futures lost all the gains from the US close last Friday as 2Y bonds closed at -1bps and 10Y bunds at a record low 96bps. [...]

Fluid US and UK Rate Expectations

marctomarket.com / by Marc Chandler / August 12, 2014

The Federal Reserve and the Bank of England have been relying on forward guidance to help shape investors’ expectations for the policy outlook. Because the Federal Reserve is gradually slowing its asset purchase program, it has not had to rely as much on forward guidance as [...]

Unsurprising Conspiracy Theories Circulating in Lebanon

thedailybell.com / By Staff Report / August 13, 2014

The US, IS and the conspiracy theory sweeping Lebanon … Is America behind the creation of the Islamic State? … The BBC’s Suzanne Kianpour, in Beirut, looks at the latest conspiracy theory doing the rounds in Lebanon. “In the Middle East, conspiracy theories are in our [...]