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Assessing the wind’s direction!

So we are getting closing in at the end of 2013, and still we see a (never ending) battle on the U.S. Economy. The U.S. economy showed mixed signs at the beginning of last week. Industrial Production data for September

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Markets response to the U.S. Government shutdown!

Markets response to the U.S. Government shutdown!

What happened with the U.S. Government?! Shit they shutdown… 🙂 Recent concerns regarding U.S. fiscal future were proven justified on Tuesday.     Concerns were about Republicans and Democrats failure-to-reach a compromise over the budget, and President Barack Obama lack

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What is the future of the U.S. monetary policy?

What is the future of the U.S. monetary policy

Since Ben Bernanke’s speech from June 19th, which linked the tapering of QE3 as well as the Fed’s interest rate hike with the U.S. unemployment rate, the U.S. labor market statistics had increasingly important indications of the future U.S. monetary policy. Recently,

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A calmer week in the U.S.

A calmer week in the USA

Meanwhile, things in the U.S. seemed much calmer. No GDP figures released this week and the strong momentum from previous weeks seemed to have ensured that even bad news were received with skepticism at most. Retail sales published on Tuesday

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Mostly positive data from the U.S.

Mostly positive data from the U.S.

Most economic data published last week in the U.S. were positive. Nonetheless, the surprising and steep decline at the consumer sentiment index for March, to its lowest level in the last 15 months, led last Friday to a decrease in

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Significant improvement in U.S. economic data.

Significant improvement in U.S. economic data.

Positive economic data in the U.S. indicate an increase in growth, in spite of the tax raise at the beginning of the year and the fear of the automatic cuts entering into force early March. U.S. February Jobs Report was

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The improvement in the U.S. economic data continues

Most of the data released in the past week regarding the U.S. economy were encouraging. We negatively note that the industrial production declined in January by 0.1% (versus expectations for +0.2%), however December and November data were revised upward. The

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Congress passed the “Fiscal Cliff” short-term solution

We emphasize that the understandings between the Democrats and the Republicans prevented an immediate entry of the U.S. economy into recession and led to sharp increases in global stock markets immediately after the agreement announcement. However, it is important to

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Why balance of risks tends down!

All leading organizations foresee a lower than expected global growth rate in 2013. The question on everyone’s mind should be why the balance of risks tends to the downside, meaning the actual growth rates might be even lower. Several factors

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Japan: new government, new economy?

As expected, the Liberal Democratic Party led by Shinzo Abe won the parliamentary Japanese elections. The Yen continued weakening against the US dollar last week, probably because Abe will have a free hand to implement a more expansionary fiscal policy,

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