Monthly Archives: July 2012

No end in sight to Spain’s financial troubles

Hurry up, Mario! (click here if video is not observable)

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Occupations with the highest job gains and losses

Interesting piece from the BLS on trends in the U.S. labor market.  Note how employment has been “nursed” back to health.  Pun intended. Most of the occupations with the highest job gains between May 2007 and May 2011 were related … Continue reading

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Week in Review: Power of the (Printing) Press

Stunning to think the Fed is widely expected to engage in another round of quantitative easing, i.e, print money, with the S&P500 up over 10 percent and NASDAQ almost 14 percent in the first seven months of the year.   At … Continue reading

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Fareed Zakaria GPS : Krugman and Rogoff

Here’s today’s excerpt from Fareed Zakaria’s GPS. Krugman and Rogoff square off on debt and Europe, but seem to agree here on the Fed’s attempt at creating inflation. Click here for the GPS website. (click here if video is not … Continue reading

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Global Trend Indicators

(click here if tables are not observable)

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The Market With A Draghi Tattoo

Wow! Stunning 4 percent plus move in the S&P5oo on the back of Mario Draghi’s comments he will do “whatever it takes” to save the Euro.  It got another kick today when Draghi wasn’t refuted by the Angela Merkel and … Continue reading

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Weekly Eurozone Watch – Puff the Magic Draghi

Key Data Points German 10-year bund 23 bps higher; Italy 80 bps tighter; Spain 75 bps tighter; Portugal 54 tighter wider; Ireland 24 bps tighter; Greece 91 bps wider; French, Italian, Spanish banks up 5-15 percent. Comments Within our mandate, … Continue reading

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Debt-stricken Catalonia eyes Spanish bailout aid

Sound familiar? (click here if video is not observable)

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Super Mario to the Rescue

Sure smells like a coordinated move by the big central banks is in the works.   Gold starting to sniff out the potential that a monetary blast may be in the works.  “Whatever it takes.” (click here if video and chart … Continue reading

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Spain Lobbying For Bond Purchases

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