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Analysis Topic: Economic Trends Analysis

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Economics

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Zombie Keynesianism / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Michael_S_Rozeff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Keynesians are having a highly public quarrel on a deep and divisive issue – a fundamental issue. They are wrangling over exchange rates.

Obama and Bernanke and the U.S. Congress want the Chinese to raise the value of the Chinese currency. The Chinese don’t want to.

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Economics

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Is Inflation Lurking Around the Corner? / Economics / Inflation

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe potential inflationary impact of the second round of quantitative easing, QE2, is at the top of the list of charges critics have complied against the Fed.  Let us look at the current evidence on inflation, inflation expectations, and the Fed's tool kit to fight inflation to conclude if the fear of inflation is credible.

Starting with the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the October CPI rose 0.2% and the core CPI, which excludes food and energy, held steady.  The year-to-year change of both price measures shows a decelerating trend since the early part of the year (see chart 2).

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Economics

Friday, November 19, 2010

Will Christmas Shopping Revive the U.S. Economy? / Economics / US Economy

By: Danny_Schechter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFunny how, back in 1929, we had a black Thursday and then a Black Friday as the market crashed, plunging the country into a depression. Now we have every retailer in every mall in America on their knees praying for a prosperous black Friday the day after Thanksgiving,

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Economics

Friday, November 19, 2010

Bernanke Seeks New International Monetary System, Warns End of US Economic Recovery / Economics / Global Economy

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn speeches before a European Central Bank conference in Frankfurt, Ben Bernanke went on an unprecedented attack, accusing China of throwing a monkey wrench into the global recovery, blaming China for slow global growth and a potential "End to the Tepid U.S. Recovery".

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Economics

Thursday, November 18, 2010

U.S. Jobless Claims 4-Week Moving Average Inching Below 450K / Economics / US Economy

By: Asha_Bangalore

Initial jobless claims rose 2,000 to 439,000 during the week ended November 13.  Continuing claims, which lag initial jobless claims by one week, fell 48,000 to 4.295 million, the fourth consecutive weekly decline.  A large part of the decline is attributed to expiration of eligibility for unemployment insurance.  Unemployment claims under special programs increased 121,238.  It remains a challenge to sort out the special programs data as a number of people could be no longer eligible under the guidelines of the programs. 

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Economics

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Index of Leading Economic Indicators Posts Second Impressive Monthly Gain / Economics / Economic Recovery

By: Asha_Bangalore

The Index of Leading Economic Indicators (LEI) rose 0.5% in October, following an upwardly revised 0.5% gain in September.  The June-August readings of the LEI cast a shadow on the nature of the recovery.  Moreover, the three-month annualized increase of the LEI, at 4.8%, is the largest increase since June 2010 (see chart 2).  The reversal of the 3-month annualized change of the LEI supports predictions of faster economic growth in 2011. 

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Economics

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Is the Philly Fed Survey the Precursor of More Bullish Economic Numbers? / Economics / Economic Recovery

By: Asha_Bangalore

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's business survey results for November show a strong rebound.  The broadest measure of factory conditions increased to 22.5 in November from 1.0 in the October (see chart 1).  The index tracking new orders rose to 10.4 in November from -5.0 in the prior month.  Indexes measuring shipments (16.8 vs. 1.4 in October), number of employees (13.3 vs. 2.4 in October) and the employee workweek (22.3 vs. 15.9 in October) also advanced in November. 

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Economics

Thursday, November 18, 2010

What Drives Business Profits? / Economics / Economic Theory

By: Kel_Kelly

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe economic and business community constantly attempts to forecast the effects of various economic changes and government policies on corporate profits. But both the cause and effect of increasing profits are other than what most people imagine. It will therefore be helpful to gain a concrete understanding of what profits do and do not represent.[1]

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Economics

Thursday, November 18, 2010

U.S. Inflation Remains Contained, In Contrast to Fed’s Preference / Economics / Inflation

By: Asha_Bangalore

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) moved up 0.2% in October, after a 0.1% gain in the prior month.  The year-to-year change is 1.2%, with the CPI trending down after a 2.7% increase in December.  During the July-October period, energy prices have lifted the overall CPI.  In October, higher gasoline prices (+4.6%) were responsible for nearly 90% of the increase in the CPI.  The CPI excluding energy held steady in October after a similar reading in the prior month.  Food prices inched up 0.1% in October, putting the year-to-year gain at 1.4%. 

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Economics

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

China Continuing Pointers to Strong Economic Growth For 2011 / Economics / China Economy

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKeith Fitz-Gerald writes: BEIJING, People's Republic of China – While other investors are busy rounding up all sorts of economic data, tea leaves and fortune cookies in an attempt to figure out China's economic situation next year, I'm heading out the door once again to take a look at hairy crab prices.

Because of the timing of this trip, I'm a bit late in the season – but not enough that I won't be able to get a good reading on this surprisingly accurate indicator of China's economic health.

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Economics

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Six Million Benefit Paying Jobs Vanish in One Year! / Economics / Employment

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAnalysis of weekly unemployment data and covered employees shows that 5,977,844 benefit paying jobs have been lost in the last year.

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Economics

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Turkey Deepens Strategic Relationship with China / Economics / Economic Recovery

By: Global_Intel_Report

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleINCIDENT: The visit by Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to Beijing a week ago, follows by a scant three weeks the visit by China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to Ankara on 78 October as part of the latter's European diplomatic tour also including Belgium, Germany, Greece, and Italy in the margin of his participation in an EU-China summit.

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Economics

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

U.S. Factory Production Moves Ahead in October, Energy Costs Pushing Up Inflation / Economics / Economic Recovery

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIndustrial production held steady in October after a 0.2% drop in the prior month. Activity at the nation's mines (-0.1%) and utilities (-3.4%) declined in October and offset the gains in manufacturing output. Factory production rose 0.5% in October after holding nearly steady for two consecutive months. Nearly all major categories of manufacturing posted gains in October - autos (+5.0%), wood products (+2.5%), machinery (+1.4%), computers (+0.7%) and furniture (+0.8%). The small reversal of a decelerating trend (year-to-year change, see chart 1) is the important aspect to note from the October data.

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Economics

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Economies are Crumbling as Governments Play Musical Chairs with Money Printing / Economics / Quantitative Easing

By: Captain_Hook

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIf there were a truism to fit a broad cross-section of behaviors in our society today, the catchphrase ‘desperate men do desperate things’ fits well, for sure. This is because you can see it everywhere on an increasing basis as economies of all shapes and sizes disintegrate. And it spreads like a disease, reaching all quarters of our society(s), in one way or another, propagated at the core by greedy money-center bankers and their political oligarchs hopelessly attempting to prevent a collapse of the larger fiat currency economy, hegemony economics, and US Dollar ($) supremacy. Here, it’s important to understand that when the US can no longer print the money to pay its bills the present game of musical chairs will cease and centralization will quickly reverse into regionalism, returning us to more primitive but sound economies.

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Economics

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Age of Debt Deleveraging Deflation, Decade of Slow Economic Growth / Economics / Deflation

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBefore we get into this week’s outstanding Outside the Box, I want to comment on QE2 and the efforts by some Republican economists to urge legislators to get involved to stop it (see the front page of Monday’s Wall Street Journal). That pushes my comfort zone a little too much.

First, I am not a fan of QE2. Never have been. If it had been my call, I would have punted and told the guys in the Capital that the ball was in their court to get their fiscal house in order, because that is the main source of the problem. But Bernanke and the Fed felt they had to “do something,” to demonstrate they got the seriousness of the situation. If the only policy tool you have left is the hammer of printing money, then the world looks like a nail.

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