LATEST NEWS : Euro Area Limping Toward Deflation Fuels QE Calls as ECB Meets

The euro area is edging closer to the moment that deflation risks become reality. Companies cut selling prices by the most since 2010 as they attempted to boost sales in the face of a flagging economy and slowing new orders, Markit Economics said today. This in turn is squeezing profit margins and reducing resources for […]

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LATEST NEWS : Draghi Devaluing Euro Cheers ECB as Inflation Seen Fading

Mario Draghi’s strategy for reviving the euro area looks like devaluation. While the European Central Bank president says the exchange rate isn’t a policy target, officials aren’t secretive about their approval of the currency’s almost 10 percent slide. The depreciation increases the cost of imports and boosts exporters’ competitiveness, aiding the effort to revive inflation […]

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LATEST NEWS : Euro Inflation Slows as Draghi Hints at More ECB Stimulus

Euro-area inflation slowed in August and the region’s unemployment rate remained close to a record, increasing pressure on the European Central Bank to take action to kindle the bloc’s faltering recovery. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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LATEST NEWS : Euro-Area Confidence Falls as Low Inflation Alarms ECB

Euro-area economic confidence fell more than forecast, Spanish consumer prices dropped the most in five years and German unemployment unexpectedly rose in a burst of data backing Mario Draghi’s warning that more stimulus may be needed. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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LATEST NEWS : Ethiopia Becomes China’s China in Global Search for Cheap Labor

Ethiopian workers strolling through the parking lot of Huajian Shoes’ factory outside Addis Ababa last month chose the wrong day to leave their shirts untucked. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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LATEST NEWS : Draghi Poised to Keep Rate-Cut Option Even After June Move

Mario Draghi is likely to signal that any interest-rate cut this week won’t necessarily be the final one, according to two euro-area central bank officials. The European Central Bank president will probably reiterate his commitment to keep borrowing costs at present or lower levels, the people said, asking not to be identified because the talks aren’t […]

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LATEST NEWS : De-Dollarization: Russia Is On The Verge Of Dealing A Massive Blow To The Petrodollar

Is the petrodollar monopoly about to be shattered?  When U.S. politicians started slapping economic sanctions on Russia, they probably never even imagined that there might be serious consequences for the United States.  But now the Russian media is reporting that the Russian Ministry of Finance is getting ready to pull the trigger on a “de-dollarization” […]

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LATEST NEWS : Draghi’s Euro Angst Rising as Rally to $1.40 Pummels: Currencies

The case for European Central Bank action to curb the euro’s gains is getting stronger after the 18-nation currency jumped to within a half-cent of $1.40. cash loan definition “A print of $1.40 is a psychologically important level which may set off some alarm bells to officials,” Neil Jones, the head of hedge-fund sales at Mizuho […]

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Davos Crowd Uneasy as Long-Term Risks Replace Crisis Response

For the first time in seven years, the business and political elite gathered in Davos, Switzerland last week were able to focus on long-term challenges rather than short-term economic crisis. That didn’t make them less nervous. Delegates at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting departed anxious about the risk to future prosperity caused by high […]

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Central Banks Split on Stimulus in 2014 as Fed Tapers

The united stimulus front of central banks is starting to splinter as 2014 dawns. The Federal Reserve — soon to be led byJanet Yellen, confirmed today by the Senate as the next chairman — begins pulling back on its quantitative easing amid stronger U.S. growth, and the Bank of England is trying to cool its housing market. […]

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