If the US falls off the “dairy cliff,” will milk prices double?
A look at the debt ceiling and the Treasury’s extraordinary measures to keep politicians politicking.
There seem to be a number of trends in the energy industry converging—how they play out depends largely (for better or worse) on politicians’ decisions.
While the US’s budget debate is much more real than the (now passed) Mayan doomsday, it’s also highly overstated.
The story of how West German capitalism saved Germany's nutcracker industry during the Cold War.
Key US and Japanese economic data will be released later in the week, however most economic and political news should be light during the holiday shortened week.
US Q3 GDP was revised up on higher personal spending and a downturn in imports. To us, despite headwinds and concerns (which are nearly always present), it’s likely expansion continues ahead.
With the election of Park Geun-hye as Korea’s next president Wednesday, the outlook for free trade appears bright.
This holiday season, it’s time to celebrate what others innovate.
Just as the holiday season is reaching its peak, so are debates about the fiscal cliff … At least, they seem to be getting there.
Japan’s new prime minister pledged to end his nation’s long-running economic funk, but his planned fiscal and monetary stimulus likely won’t combat Japan’s deep structural issues.
Following more QE, it seems to us many in the media are worried about the Fed’s exit strategy when the entry strategy is actually more problematic.
The European Union appointed a banks regulator and the UK approved fracking.
Japanese parliamentary elections, South Korean presidential elections and a grab-bag of US economic news are on tap next week.
The Fed announced more quantitative easing Wednesday—which we think rather ill-advised.
The development and implementation of regulation rooted in 2008’s financial crisis has largely been slow. And overall, that’s a good thing.
In honor of NAFTA’s 19th birthday, a brief look at the myriad benefits of free trade.
France's attempt to conserve energy use may have unintended consequences.
The US government’s study on natural gas exports seems to have reached a sensible conclusion, though perhaps for just the obvious reasons.
Two Greek defaults couldn’t derail markets in 2012.
A number of US economic reports, Federal Reserve and European Council meetings are scheduled for next week.
Fiscal cliff talks in Washington took a turn toward another political machination—the debt ceiling—something you might remember from … 91 times before.
No matter the political hubbub that follows, Britain’s 2013 budget plans clearly show austerity is still a misnomer, at least in the UK.
A look at some of Tuesday’s international squabbling over financial regulation.
With technical analysis, a unique interpretation is essential to gain advantage—and fundamentals are essential to that unique interpretation.
Alleged connections between manufacturing’s contraction and the fiscal cliff seem, well, manufactured.
Often, the unintended consequences of government action are rather predictable—sometimes, though, even the unintended consequences are a surprise.
What does the UK government’s in-fighting over press regulation mean for UK markets?
Global manufacturing data, US employment reports, central bank monetary policy announcements and continuing congressional fiscal cliff talks are all scheduled for the first week of December.
Signs of underappreciated positives in the US and Europe.
France is seemingly finding socialism in practice is a little trickier than in theory.
Eurozone leaders reached a deal concerning Greek debt troubles earlier this week—so what does that mean for Greece moving forward?
Aggregate S&P 500 earnings growth was flat in Q3, but this bull market still has room to run.
Our annual list of reasons we’re thankful this year.
US economic data, a potential agreement on the next tranche of Greek aid and a regional election in Spain likely close out November.
Economic reality doesn’t seem to have influenced Moody’s downgrade of France as much as political pressures likely did.
At this week’s ASEAN and East Asian summits, free trade talks trump territorial disputes.
The US election results seemingly have given rise to heated rhetoric over the Affordable Care Act’s implementation. Let’s analyze the likely economic and market impact.
A rash of US data, European Union meetings and some Chinese economic indicators likely round out the holiday-shortened week.
The eurozone and China dominated headlines Thursday, but news was largely as expected, save for a few interesting twists.
Much US rhetoric is focused squarely on the fiscal cliff—which we’d suggest is actually much more the fiscal norm.
Politicians globally were up to their usual games Tuesday—here’s a brief look at a couple instances.
The latest on Greece’s aid negotiations.
What does China’s leadership transition mean for its economy?
Fiscal cliff rhetoric and Japanese and eurozone economic data are likely headline grabbers in the week ahead.
Investors concerned about the impact on stocks from Obama’s second term should consider some key factors.
Turns out Hugo Chavez and many Venezuelans are huge baseball fans. If only the country could leverage that love in the name of freer markets and private property protection.
France’s seemingly conflicting moves recently highlight the balancing act President François Hollande’s been performing—balancing budget-clearing austerity with economic competiveness-boosting reform.
Politicians engaged in attempting to allocate scarce resources in the Northeast could easily do more good by letting markets do what they do best.
Despite accelerating hiring, the unemployment rate incrementally rose in the last report before the US elections. But should we draw any material conclusions from the data?
With the election upon us, a measure of sanity and perspective.
A rash of European economic news, US elections and a Chinese leadership transition should dominate headline events next week.
Examining the potential economic and market impact of natural disasters.
A new study shows behavioral pitfalls have hindered investors since the dawn of equity markets. How can we fight our emotions?
The President’s recent proposal of a new Secretary of Business seems more likely to add to government bureaucracy than to streamline it, whatever the stated aim.
While the US hunkered down for Hurricane Sandy, Europe was plenty busy.
US Q3 GDP accelerated in Friday’s report and, despite small fluctuations under the hood, the big picture seems similar to the recent past.
Australian politicians learned first-hand the lesson of “tax something and you’ll get less of it,” after the country’s much-debated Minerals Resource Rent Tax raised exactly zero revenue in its first three months.
November brings with it a spate of new economic data, but it’s important to look to the longer term trends at work.
A global glance at economic data to put political rhetoric in context.
The World Bank’s 2013 “Doing Business” report shows how some nations have—and haven’t—improved competitiveness over the past year.
Japan and China’s land dispute may have some short-term economic impact, but it shouldn’t derail global growth.
There’s a rather long wish-list for the eurozone—from lots of parties, too. But some seem less likely than others, particularly by year-end. Here’s why—and also why that’s not such a bad thing as some might presume.
Recent data suggest those fearing a “hard landing” in China should pause for reconsideration.
The experience I gained working on the Pacific Stock Exchange during 1987’s crash went far beyond basic market ups and downs. And it’s as poignant today as it was 25 years ago.
Spanish regional elections, initial Q3 economic readings and the start of the US presidential elections mark the week ahead.
European tax hikes amount to repetition of a decades old error, potentially stirring unrest and extremism.
A popular headline is the US’s (over-)indebtedness to China—a story that just doesn’t much square with the facts, particularly as it seems China decreases its US Treasury holdings.
Crony capitalism, debating capital in the Capitol and a “critical” summit in Belgium’s capital.
Scotland got clearance to hold a referendum on independence in two years. What does this mean for Scotland and the UK?
Despite notable progress in free trade in recent years, protectionism isn’t dead. Investors would be well served to stay apprised of developments.
Dodd-Frank rules governing derivatives trading go into effect Friday. However, those potentially subject to the rules still find them full of ambiguity and uncertainty.
A brief look at economic data and geopolitical events in the week ahead and MarketMinder’s view.
As the election nears and the year winds down, fiscal cliff rhetoric is heating up. So how to read between the hype’s lines?
Eleven eurozone nations agreed to pursue a financial transactions tax—a misguided endeavor, in our view.
India and Hungary have made notable economic policy shifts in recent days.
Does September’s unemployment rate imply anything about the two presidential candidates’ employment prospects?
Thailand’s ill-advised experiment with rice markets is already showing signs of unraveling.
The European Commission proposed steps aimed at tightening the EU’s single market integration Wednesday—steps which, if successfully implemented, would likely do much economic good there.
Another “critical week for the euro,” a proposal to ring-fence eurozone banks and putting the cart before the horse on jobs and economic growth.
Due to this summer’s drought’s decreasing corn and soy crops, costs of pig feed are rising and the numbers of pigs across Europe are declining. Could this change fried eggs and Cobb salads as we know them?
The skinny on this week’s elections in Venezuela and Georgia.
France released its 2013 budget, including a new 75% tax on those making over €1 million a year and various other moves that seem, to us, solutions in search of problems.
EU leaders may argue over whether Spain should request a bailout, but markets are the ultimate arbiter.
It is a mistake to underestimate the political willingness of those in Europe to support the euro.
Investing in stocks requires a keen eye for what to fret and what not to—and at times, an iron stomach.
Lessons for stock market investors from one college football fan’s perspective.
Our minds were divided Tuesday, covering North Korean agricultural reforms, demographic argument debunking and transcontinental airline merger proposals largely underpinned by silly legislation.
The UK announced plans to create a state-backed development bank—a rather odd way to help boost lending, prompted by a rather odd bit of political theater.
Housing data strengthened recently—potentially providing another tailwind to already resilient US economic growth.
Global central banks’ recent actions have some folks fearing hot inflation once again.
Various government bodies are considering changes to the way the financial system is monitored and regulated—and the suggestions don’t strike us as the best ideas.
As the US presidential election draws closer, it provides an opportune time to look at other elections globally.
Monday, Occupy Wall Street celebrated its first birthday—but September is actually chock full of anniversaries, several of which are arguably far more important.
The US and China’s trade relationship got a bit frostier Monday, but minor spats between the two haven’t much impacted bilateral trade over the past decade.
India’s government announced sensible economic reforms Friday. But it remains to be seen whether they’ll go into effect.
Greece has finally found a sensible way to fix its economy—so why do some in Brussels object?
The Fed announced QE3 and the continuation of Operation Twist Thursday, but what does it mean moving forward?
Europe was busy Wednesday, with some potentially significant steps toward resolution underway.
One interesting shift in economic activity was paired with two widely held misperceptions Tuesday.
The latest on Greek budget negotiations and Germany’s upcoming court ruling on the ESM.
A shrinking workforce took the shine off August’s falling unemployment rate, but history shows the economy can grow and employment improve as labor force participation falls.
The ECB announced new measures to protect the euro Thursday, which likely buy the monetary union more time—but still aren’t a silver bullet.
The World Economic Forum’s most recent competitiveness rankings have some interesting lessons for all.
Neither market history nor current events should give investors an automatic reason to fear September.
Friday, all eyes were on Jackson Hole, but the real action happened in Frankfurt.
Greece and India have huge economic differences, but both could benefit from private sector expansion.
No doubt to politicians’ confusion, it seems manufacturers primarily want one thing: increased freedom from overly complex corporate taxes.
Americans fear Social Security is insolvent and have since just about always.
Catalonia’s bailout request provides a window to Spain’s fascinating history.
In Abundance, Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler present a powerful exploration of positive possibilities.
A territorial dispute between South Korea and Japan may stall their trade talks, but the global free-trade march continues.
While we find nearly every politician equally abhorrent, we can find a few issues that shouldn’t sway your vote.
During the latest critical week for the euro, Angela Merkel makes a video and the Greek bailout renegotiations heat up.
The CBO revised its outlook for the US economy in 2012 and 2013—but their math has us scratching our heads a little.
China, the US and the EU took to finger-pointing over subsidies and protectionism on Tuesday.
A brief update on what’s being heralded as another “critical” week for the euro.
Rising corn prices this summer aren’t only being driven by a drought.
Recent upward revisions to some UK economic data don’t quite square with growing calls for fiscal stimulus.
Brazil announced new stimulus measures Wednesday—but they’re strikingly reminiscent of measures being deployed in the eurozone under a far different name.
Driven by what seem to be the usual weak spots the last few years, eurozone Q2 2012 GDP posted a slight contraction.
The common currency tends to be a convenient scapegoat for all that ails Greece, but this seemingly gets the Greek situation entirely backwards.
Is Iceland’s return to economic growth a model for the eurozone?
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda won a costly victory Friday, but it’s one that might yet turn to political defeat.
Headlines today are dominated by negative news—but that’s fairly normal and not indicative of trouble.
As the bull market matures, what categories of stocks likely lead, and why?
There’s been much talk recently of a bailout for Spain (and possibly Italy, too)—but is that truly likely and why or why not?
There seems to be much confusion surrounding the origin of economic activity. But it seems pretty clear, to me.
Each day is unique and different from that which preceded it. But the only way that’s clear is through understanding the past.
As Greece continues politicking over economic reform, Portugal demonstrates the benefits of getting more competitive.
A bifurcated jobs report on Friday likely adds fodder to the political debate over unemployment.
Following Olympic swimming relays earlier this week, central bankers had their own relay on Thursday. But what impact will their actions (or lack thereof) really have?
Politicians allegedly reached an agreement to agree to a budget by the end of September—but is the deal worth a gold medal?
A famed economist’s centennial, India’s blackouts and China’s gradual financial system liberalization were in the headlines Tuesday.
While EU officials take heat for their treaty-focused slow-go approach during another supposedly “critical week for the euro,” they should earn kudos for taking that same approach during Romania’s democratic crisis.
Friday’s US GDP report showed continued bifurcation between America’s public and private sectors.
From the Olympics to Mt. Olympus and Mario Draghi—all eyes were on Europe on Thursday.
Has the UK’s Olympic torch been put out before the games officially commence? By some media accounts, yes—but Wednesday’s GDP print merits further examination.
Eurozone news dominated headlines again Tuesday. Here are the stories that caught our eye.
Valencia became the first Spanish region to seek help from a new bailout fund—but, contrary to wide belief, it’s not the first region to get state help this year.
Greece’s past and present show the truth in words Greek revolutionary hero Lord Byron penned two hundred years ago.
Rising food prices likely lack the power to pick consumers’ pocketbooks or derail the global economy.
Recently heightened protectionist rhetoric is worth watching—though commonly prompted by politicians and patriotism, as opposed to well-reasoned economic logic.
Spain successfully auctioned short-term debt, US industrial production nicely beat estimates and benign US inflation figures met with some odd media conclusions on a busy Tuesday.
The IMF’s and other groups’ updated economic outlooks dominated headlines—a sure sign of a slow financial news day.
China’s GDP release Friday caused consternation among some the global growth powerhouse is choking in the clutch—but what if it’s just choking up in advance of an accelerating second half?
Headline news covering economic results Thursday was a bit mixed in our view. Here’s a look at the stories that caught our eyes.
Wednesday’s US international trade report provides data contradicting a few widely held myths.
Our midweek mash-up of new (and not-so-new) news.
Chinese inflation notched a 29-month low in June, renewing hard-landing jitters—but officials’ pro-growth efforts should keep the economy afloat.
Those foretelling future economic distress based on Friday’s unemployment report are likely missing the broader trend.
Ireland held its first debt auction in nearly two years Thursday—a significant step toward its return to primary markets.
There is plenty to learn from the past about today’s so-called unprecedented volatility. And some bonus summer Sci-Fi reading!
This Fourth of July, celebrate freedom, free markets and more bull market ahead!
As common economic concerns drag on, some in the media worry we haven’t done enough to goose demand—but do their arguments hold economic water?
While European politicians seemingly took a step forward Friday, Aussie politicians circled.
The Supreme Court declared 2010’s health care reform bill constitutional on Thursday—what does the decision mean for stocks?
Why we don’t need the government to help direct a possible natural gas transition.
A roundup of Tuesday’s more head-scratching developments.
What NOT to expect at this week’s not-so-make-or-break EU summit.
The actual economic and market impact of ratings agencies’ opinion changes doesn’t match their influence on the media’s rhetoric.
Greece formed a coalition government earlier this week, making a Greek exit from the euro even less likely. But Germany would like to escort the Greeks out of another Euro before the week ends.
The Fed announced it will extend Operation Twist through year end—but does it give investors a new reason to dance?
In which we sample Spanish yields, European finger-pointing, ratings agency wrangling and a healthy slice of free trade.
All the latest on the Greek and French elections.
Watch what foreigners do with their money to gain perspective on American competitiveness.
The British government announced a new plan to boost bank lending and economic growth. Will it work?
A brief update on Spanish debt and Greek elections.
Capitol Hill’s misplaced (and often contradictory) observations can lead to confused legislation—and, quite often, capital confusion.
A midweek mash-up of news that caught our eye.
The skinny on Spain’s bank rescue agreement.
The US trade report showed monthly dips in both imports and exports. Let’s add some perspective to the data.
Slowing Chinese growth fears continue to surface. But recent actions show Chinese officials are seemingly acting to boost growth.
A roundup of news Wednesday that caught our eyes.
The US’s growing service sector, Argentina’s adventures in resource nationalism and the latest on Spain and Germany.
As Spain and Germany debate how to support Spanish banks, there are signs a compromise is in the offing.
Markets have undoubtedly challenged investors’ patience recently—but in our view, such markets require resolve, particularly considering extant underlying economic resilience.
Jason Lanier’s argument technology is nothing without the humans who built it has many parallels to investing.
US revised GDP was released Thursday to some consternation. And a brief update on US energy industry developments.
A brief round-up of European news dominating Wednesday’s headlines and some thoughts on how to potentially frame the latest developments.
The housing market’s been hard-hit the last couple years—and odd as it may seem, the Supreme Court recently passed up a chance to incrementally help it out.
Various trade tiffs featured in headlines recently. Here’s a brief roundup of the main storylines.
Government policy towards solar energy firms seems to be guiding them straight into the dark.
In the rush to pile on a hyped IPO, there are some serious lessons.
What does the EU parliament’s passage of a financial transaction tax really mean?
Keeping with recent tradition, EU leaders’ latest summit didn’t amount to much.
Markets were jittery again Wednesday tied likely to Greek news—even though it wasn’t particularly new news.
A decade after SarbOx became law, a look back seems apt.
Seems some supra-national bodies were busy handing out (unsolicited) advice Tuesday.
Alexis Tsipras is stirring the debate in Greece … and apparently playing chicken with EU leaders.
Rising yields and mounting banking problems aren’t great for Spain, but a few key facts should help mitigate their impact.
Surprisingly positive global economic news supports ongoing growth.
Tuesday marked the beginning of a new era in US–Colombia trade relations—one that likely benefits both sides.
The eurozone avoided recession (by one traditional definition) in Q1, giving leaders plenty to ponder as they weigh a new EU growth pact.
In the wake of last week’s parliamentary election, Greek politics are getting a bit more bizarre.
While many ponder the best ways government can aid economic growth, we have a not-so-small suggestion.
Thinking globally and examining history can reveal the flaws in books forecasting economic doom.
The common media chorus has been “austerity” is dooming Europe to its fiscal woes, whereas if they’d only adopt “growth” measures, they’d recover sooner. But taking that at face value requires a number of assumptions less commonly discussed.
Spanish woes are nothing new, but announcements Thursday could help alleviate uncertainty around its banks.
Germany’s quietly notched some solid economic data lately—possibly hinting some at the eurozone’s and Europe’s likely course ahead.
Tuesday’s news roundup includes a US earnings update sandwiched between a couple European updates. Bon appétit!
In investing, wisdom is best demonstrated by behavior and decisions that match your goals and needs.
A look at the French and Greek election results.
Decelerating growth rates aren’t necessarily indicative of a looming correction. In fact, they’re more likely a sign of pattern recognition.
European officials continue to bicker over Basel 3 implementation, adding to political intrigue.
European carmakers recently balked at heightened competition from their South Korean counterparts. Though possibly uncomfortable in the interim, the economic benefits that ultimately result from the competition are worthwhile.
Politicians worldwide played politics as usual Tuesday—here’s a brief sampling.
History has numerous examples of the benefits of capitalism and free markets—and Cambodia is one example.
As Spain officially re-enters recession, EU leaders debate how to stoke growth.
Both more granular and broader views of US Q1 GDP growth show Friday’s figures weren’t as bad as received.
Complex theories often obscure investors’ view of the bigger, simpler forces that move markets most.
A round-up of Thursday’s prominent news—and some popular misinterpretations of it.
The UK released its first Q1 GDP reading Wednesday to some disappointment.
Ill-defined aphorisms like “sell in May” lack credible supporting evidence.
The Dutch government’s collapse and France’s first-round vote highlight a far-right resurgence, but today’s populism doesn’t necessarily dictate tomorrow’s policies.
Implementation of Congress’ attempt to regulate banks’ proprietary trading was delayed Friday to give regulators time to define what they’re regulating.
Demand was strong at Spanish and French debt auctions despite jitters over Spain’s borrowing costs and France’s election.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s political cat-and-mouse game with European Commission officials seems a little closer to resolution—though the country still faces hurdles ahead.
Were the events of 2008 a financial terrorist attack?
An in-depth look at China’s political infighting.
Tuesday was packed with news out of the Energy industry. Here’s a look around at some relevant headlines.
A look at some historical facts in honor of 2012’s tax day.
Recent trade talks between Pakistan and India seem to be bearing fruit in ways unimaginable just a decade ago.
Spotty data over the course of Q1 have worried some about not only China’s chances for growth this year, but also the world’s. So what do the data have to say?
Recent data show plenty of pop in the British economy.
Part two covers David Graeber's Debt: The First 5,000 Years. Different book, yet the takeaway is unchanged: Ideology often blinds investors.
If it’s true a picture’s worth a thousand words, how many are these two worth?
Friday’s unemployment report was less than sensational, but don’t miss the forest for the trees with just one data point.
Some have fretted rising gas prices are likely to derail the economy—but is there an actual connection to economic activity?
Spain dominated headlines Wednesday, but has its situation changed for the better or worse?
Viewing the economy and markets through a political lens can easily lead to investing mistakes.
Part one of a two-part review of G. Edward Griffin’s The Creature from Jekyll Island and David Graeber’s Debt: The First 5,000 Years, centering on a timely and salient investing lesson.
As global manufacturing continues expanding broadly, regional reports highlight some interesting happenings around the world.
As Q1 comes to an end, a review of some highlights and what to expect moving forward.
February’s capital goods orders missed estimates, but capital goods remain an economic bright spot.
Some interesting, free-market oriented developments in Japan may be afoot.
Investors focused on political brouhaha miss important fundamental drivers.
A look at what may be motivating German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
What should one take from mathematical attempts at forecasting?
Amid rising rates globally, recently elevated Spanish and Italian yields Thursday might not mean what many folks think.
Handicapping the likely primary future source(s) of global energy—in light of solar panel manufacturers’ recent acquisition of a new handicap … er, tariff.
Tuesday’s news review revealed some interesting—if frustrating—global government regulations.
Three books exploring the intersections of faith, economics and investing.
Despite some protectionist politicking, EU trade is getting freer.
While many focus on oil prices’ potential demand-side effects, there is another side to this story.
Roughly three and a half years after its hotly debated birth, TARP’s bank bailout doesn’t seem much like the black hole many feared.
The CBOE introduced a new benchmark index Tuesday—is it the silver bullet investors have been waiting for?
What's in store for year four?
The Fed announced stress test results Tuesday—revealing mostly healthy financial institutions.
One year after the Great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the Japanese economy is displaying its resilience.
Data from both the private sector and government illustrate healing labor markets.
Before falling prey to media and election year rhetoric, let’s put America’s debt into perspective.
Friday marks the close of the bull market’s third year—and, in our view, likely the start of a more robust fourth year.
A brief look at some of Wednesday’s global news items, including Spain’s attempt at irony and Hungary’s latest tempest.
Nigerian gasoline subsidies stand as a poignant reminder that free markets generally allocate capital far more efficiently than governments.
In an intriguing confluence of events, the UK and France may separately enact legislation that overall does more harm than good—another hard-learned lesson of regulation’s common unintended consequences.
An in-depth look at Greece’s ongoing private-sector debt restructuring.
Before regulators suggest banks dial back their criticisms of planned rules and regulations, perhaps they should keep their confidence in check.
Upon closer inspection, fears of manufacturing’s long-term decline are unfounded.
What to make of the pending Irish referendum on the EU’s new fiscal compact?
Investors should beware allowing popular misconceptions and common media assessments to blindside them when it comes to assessing the economy’s and markets’ overall status.
China has shown a historical tendency to goose growth during party transition years. Here’s a look at why that’s unlikely to be a mere coincidence.
Corporate earnings grew again in Q4—the ninth straight quarter of growth.
Oil prices have risen lately, resurrecting some old theories regarding their impact.
Greece continued to make incremental progress Thursday, and additional signs of the eurozone’s multispeed economy emerged.
The administration announced Wednesday its corporate tax plan, generating predictable noise from both sides of the aisle—but what do markets most likely distill from the din?
The Dow touched 13,000 Tuesday—an interesting but insignificant signpost.
Recent news and plans on taxes show politicians globally seem to misunderstand some pretty basic concepts.
As the US approves construction of the first new nuclear power plant in three decades, Germany's policy seems tilted the other direction.
Recent Spanish bond auctions show ample coverage and sustainable yields. Looking ahead, because of persistently dour expectations, even mild positives should be a nice tailwind for stocks.
Eurozone GDP for Q4 2011 came out Wednesday but probably surprised very few—thereby lessening the likelihood it surprises markets much either.
A look at reasons to be bullish on China in 2012.
Greece’s parliament passed a key austerity vote on Sunday, but that’s just one mile marker in a grueling marathon.
Trade data rolled in from many parts of the world globally. And they were met with typical deficit-and-surplus rhetoric.
Eurozone officials continue to show ample willingness to forestall a sudden and disorderly euro breakup.
Greek debt talks are down to the wire. But what does that mean?
2012 isn’t just a US election year—globally it’s an active election year.
Despite recent improvements in unemployment data, many still argue government isn’t doing or hasn’t done enough in that area—an argument which largely ignores several positives at work.
Here are over 20 numbers to help illustrate a data-packed Friday.
I’ve reviewed many a doom-and-gloom financial book in this space. Here’s one more for the collection.
Contrary to popular belief, price ceilings like rent control frequently have the exact opposite of the intended effect. Fortunately, the Supreme Court may soon have an opportunity to end rent control altogether—to the benefit of all involved parties.
A look at falling Italian and Spanish debt yields.
We expected 2011 to be the pause that refreshed the bull market. So what should 2012 have in store for investors?
As a source of export demand, the eurozone in aggregate is significant to the UK. But this total view doesn’t tell the full story.
A look at some misperceptions we came across in our regular internet perusal Tuesday.
At EU leaders’ first 2012 summit, officials jousted over Greek funding and the new fiscal compact.
Friday’s US Q4 2011 GDP report showed growth continued—and accelerated for the third quarter in a row.
The Fed’s increased transparency is an incremental positive, but we reserve judgment on whether it has any material impact.
President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday received the traditional level of scrutiny from both sides—but the chances much actually comes of such political speeches are typically quite low.
Recent data seemingly speak to a more resilient eurozone economy than many appreciate.
France and Germany claim they have a plan to fix the eurozone. Will it work?
With January’s returns positive thus far, the “January effect” seems to have vanished from consciousness.
European leaders, attempting to win Britain’s backing, are discussing revising their planned financial transaction tax.
A brief review of PIIGS updates from Thursday.
While fears of US manufacturing’s decline remain prevalent in the media, data paint a markedly different picture.
A brief rundown of China’s GDP, Hungarian political posturing and eurozone bond auctions.
Standard and Poor’s (S&P) was busy Friday, downgrading nine eurozone nations—including previously AAA France and Austria. But these actions seem far less material than many presume.
Italy and Spain each conducted their first 2012 debt auctions Thursday. Here’s a brief look at the results.
Could Hungary’s bailout need save its people from proto-fascist authoritarianism?
Chinese import growth decelerated and widely missed estimates Tuesday, yet Chinese equity markets showed little negative influence.
A survey of the eurozone’s latest.
Bullish or bearish, technical indicators have some serious, deep-rooted flaws.
Signs of private-sector strength continue to emerge in the US and abroad.
The Fed announced it will begin releasing its forecasts and longer-term plans for interest rates starting this month—but is this move positive, negative or somewhere in between?
Part II of our survey of recent popular psychology literature.
Tuesday marked the first US trading day of the year—here’s a quick rundown of some primary stories.
As 2011 comes to a close, here’s our look at the top things that didn’t happen.
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