LATEST NEWS: Predictors of ’29 Crash See 65% Chance of 2015 Recession

In 1929, a businessman and economist by the name of Jerome Levy didn’t like what he saw in his analysis of corporate profits. He sold his stocks before the October crash. Almost eight decades later, the consultancy company that bears his name declared “the next recession will be caused by the deflating housing bubble.” By […]

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LATEST NEWS : Fed Weighs Change to Rate Guidance for Added Flexibility

Federal Reserve officials are considering whether to alter their guidance on the likely path of interest rates to give them more flexibility to react to changes in the economy. The Fed has said since March that its benchmark rate would stay low for a “considerable time” after it completes monthly bond buying intended to boost […]

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LATEST NEWS : Ferguson Police Use Tear Gas, Stun Grenades in Clashes

Police fired stun grenades and tear gas at protesters in a St. Louis suburb rocked by violence after police shot and killed an unarmed black teen 10 days ago. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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LATEST NEWS : MegaFon Shifts Cash to Hong Kong Dollars on Sanction Risk

OAO MegaFon (MFON), billionaire Alisher Usmanov’s wireless operator, said it has been shifting cash holdings into Hong Kong dollars, a move people say metals producer OAO GMKNorilsk Nickel (GMKN) is also undertaking, as the U.S. and Europe ratchet up sanctions against Russia. MegaFon decided to keep about 40 percent of its cash in Hong Kong dollars given the global […]

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LATEST NEWS : Atlantic City’s Credit Rating Cut 2 Steps to Junk by Moody’s

Atlantic City, New Jersey, the gambling hub that’s been pummeled by regional competition in the U.S. Northeast, had its credit rating cut two levels to speculative grade by Moody’s Investors Service. The reduction to Ba1 from Baa2 on the city’s $245 million of general-obligation debt reflects a weakened tax base resulting from anticipated casino closings, the New York-based […]

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LATEST NEWS : Gold Falls as Portuguese Bank Seeks to Calm Debt Concerns

Gold declined for the first time in three days as concerns eased that banking woes in Portugal will spur a wider debt crisis in Europe, crimping demand for the precious metal as an alternative investment. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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LATEST NEWS : EU Banks Must Shun Bitcoin Until Rules in Place, EBA Says

The European Commission signaled it will try to impose rules on virtual currencies such as Bitcoin after the bloc’s banking regulator ordered lenders to shun them. “It’s imperative to move quickly on this issue,” Chantal Hughes, a spokeswoman for Financial Services Commissioner Michel Barnier, said by e-mail today. “The potential for money laundering and terrorist financing is too serious […]

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LATEST NEWS : Fed Decision Day Guide From Dot Plots To Exit Strategy

Here’s what to look for when the Federal Open Market Committee releases its policy statement at 2 p.m. today inWashington along with new economic projections. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen plans to give a press conference at 2:30 p.m. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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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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LATEST NEWS : China’s Income Inequality Surpasses U.S., Posing Risk for Xi

The income gap between the rich and poor in China has surpassed that of the U.S. and is among the widest in the world, a report showed, adding to the challenges for President Xi Jinping as growth slows. A common measure of income inequality almost doubled in China between 1980 and 2010 and now points to a “severe” disparity, […]

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