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Analysis Topic: Economic Trends Analysis

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Economics

Friday, September 05, 2008

China: Beyond the Olympics Bird's Nest / Economics / China Economy

By: Jennifer_Barry

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI don't usually follow the Olympics closely, but these Games were different. The 2008 Beijing Olympics were an event of great and unusual cultural, political, and economic significance to the world. Most commentary has naturally focused on the athletics, and I have not seen much serious analysis on these other topics. I decided to highlight the economic issues behind the Olympics.

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Economics

Friday, September 05, 2008

US Employment Data Gives Sobering Does of Economic Reality / Economics / US Economy

By: Andy_Sutton

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn the 1980's, the Ford Motor Company used the slogan “Quality is Job #1”. This was helpful in their campaign to compete with their Japanese counterparts who were perceived to have higher quality automobiles. It would seem, based on recent trends in the employment market that government is now Job #1. This morning's employment situation report contained some real shockers, the biggest being that the US unemployment rate is now at 6.1%, jumping from 5.7% a month ago. Out of the 7 subsectors tracked in the report, only government and education/healthcare are expanding. Since a good percentage of education and healthcare expenditures are financed either directly or indirectly by the government, it would seem that Uncle Sam is about the only one hanging out a Help Wanted sign these days.

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Economics

Friday, September 05, 2008

GDP Deflator Fantasyland as Investor Wealth disappears Down the Rabbit Hole / Economics / US Economy

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn recent months, investors have been unjustly chastised for their lack of consistency. In truth, they have an unblemished record of drawing the wrong conclusions. Last week’s 2nd quarter GDP report provides the freshest evidence of market cluelessness.

In its report, the Commerce Department stunned economy watchers by showing a 3.3% annualized increase in 2nd Quarter GDP. The robust growth apparently wrong-footed those expecting further recessionary signals, lent further strength to the current dollar rally, and encouraged previously cautious investors to take another look at U.S. stocks.

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Economics

Friday, September 05, 2008

US Unemployment Soars as Jobs Decline for 8th Consecutive Month / Economics / US Economy

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBefore taking a look at the monthly jobs data, let's take a look at weekly claims. The US Department of Labor is reporting Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims continue to rise.

Seasonally Adjusted
In the week ending Aug. 30, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 444,000, an increase of 15,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 429,000. The 4-week moving average was 438,000, a decrease of 3,250 from the previous week's revised average of 441,250.

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Economics

Friday, September 05, 2008

Dodge Japan's Economic Bullet by Investing in South Korea / Economics / Asian Economies

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: have been much more positive about the Japanese economy than most other analysts in recent months, largely because I believed that many of the problems from the Japanese recession of 1990-2003 were finally in the country's rearview mirror. In particular, I believed that the Japanese budget deficit – which, by 2003, had become quite acute – was well on the way to being solved through public spending restraint. That, in turn, would allow Japan to pay down its excessive public debt, giving its private sector room to expand.

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Economics

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

US Economy Second Half Stimulus and Bailouts Bounce? / Economics / US Economy

By: Brady_Willett

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith U.S. home prices crashing, inflation expectations rising, and consumer confidence plummeting, you would think that the U.S. economy would be shedding jobs at a pace comparable, at minimum, to previous recessions. This hasn't been the case, at least not yet. Rather, despite posting job losses in each of the last 7-months U.S. nonfarm payrolls have held up surprisingly well this year.

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Economics

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

China's Manufacturing Economy in Recession? / Economics / China Economy

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBloomberg is reporting China's Manufacturing Contracts for Second Month .
Manufacturing in China, the world's fastest-growing major economy, contracted for a second straight month in August, according to a survey of purchasing managers.

The Purchasing Managers' Index was a seasonally adjusted 48.4, unchanged from July, the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said today in an e-mailed statement.

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Economics

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Contradictory Economic Reports Whipsaw Investor Expectations / Economics / US Economy

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWilliam Patalon III writes: No wonder this economy is so hard to figure out: The economic reports are as volatile as the economy itself.

Just when the dreaded "R" word seemed to be creeping back into the daily office chatter, a few economic reports last week seemed to reaffirm that the enhanced pessimism may be a tad bit early.

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Economics

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Tale of Two Shopping Malls / Economics / US Economy

By: Paul_Tustain

"...Overcapacity – first of credit, then of real estate – drove the price of renting sharply lower, bankrupting cautious investors along with big borrowers..."

A TEXAN CUSTOMER who came to see me a few months ago told me a story which illustrates the fine mess we're in.

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Economics

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Chancellor Darling Pushes Crumbling British Economy Over the Edge / Economics / UK Economy

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGordon Browns Darling chancellor finally showed signs of cracking-up at the week-end as the strain of continually toeing Gordon Browns party line of ignoring the financial and economics fundamentals by painting a repetitively bright picture for the British economy and financial system finally got to him.

He commented: "Economic times are arguably the worst they've been in 60 years… I think it's going to be more profound and long-lasting than people thought".

All Gordon Brown could respond with was "Et tu brutus", as his premierships final days fast resemble a shakespearean tragedy.

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Economics

Monday, September 01, 2008

Japan Economic Stimulus Plan Will Not Prevent Recession / Economics / Japan Economy

By: Money_Morning

Jason Simpkins writes: Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda will spend about $108 billion (11.7 trillion yen) on a stimulus package that critics say is more of an attempt to salvage political support than it is a serious effort to rescue an economy teetering on the brink of recession.

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Economics

Monday, September 01, 2008

The US Economy and Global Monetary Disorder / Economics / US Economy

By: Gerard_Jackson

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"Inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon," so said Milton Friedman. After that it was down hill. The Chicago school so defined inflation and deflation that they largely severed the monetary root from which these phenomena spring. Hence a stable price level was seen as the ideal. (Even the great Knut Wicksell subscribed to the fallacy of the stable price level).

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Economics

Monday, September 01, 2008

Can Exports Save US Economy from Recession? / Economics / US Economy

By: Money_and_Markets

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJack Crooks writes: Since the start of the U.S. housing downturn we've been told that consumers were in trouble. After the subprime market shakeout we were told our economy was in trouble. And after credit tightened up we were told to expect an inevitable U.S. recession.

But yet ... we're not in a recession. At least not technically speaking since that is defined as two quarters of negative GDP growth.

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Economics

Monday, September 01, 2008

Darling Says UK in Worst Economic Crisis for 60 Years / Economics / UK Economy

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Telegraph is reporting Britain in grip of worst economic crisis for 60 years, admits Alistair Darling .
Britain is in the grip of its worst economic crisis for 60 years, Alistair Darling has admitted.The Chancellor of the Exchequer warns that the slump is going to be "more profound and long-lasting than people thought".

In an astonishingly frank interview, Mr Darling admits that voters are "p***** off" with Labour and says the party must recover the "zeal" which won it three successive general elections.
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Economics

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Credit Crisis Pushing World Economy Into a Soft Depression / Economics / Credit Crisis 2008

By: John_Mauldin

  • Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article It's All About the Spread
  • The Coming Bank Credit Crunch
  • More Thoughts on Fannie and Freddie
  • Who Is Holding the Old Maid?

When is the credit crisis going to end? How will we know? The credit crisis is getting ready to enter its second phase. This week we examine what that means, and what the economic environment will look like over the coming quarters. We also (sadly) re-visit Freddie and Fannie and examine the risks that they put into the markets.

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Economics

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Easing EuroZone Inflation Sends Euro Tumbling / Economics / Euro-Zone

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBloomberg is reporting European Economic Confidence Drops, Inflation Eases .
Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Europeans' confidence in the economic outlook fell more than economists forecast this month as the economy teetered on the brink of a recession. Inflation unexpectedly slowed.

The euro pared gains after the reports, which signaled the slump in economic growth is extending through the third quarter and a 20 percent drop in oil prices from a record $147.27 a barrel last month is easing inflation pressures. Consumer-price increases are still above the European Central Bank's limit, prompting policy makers including Axel Weber to indicate they are in no hurry to cut interest rates even as expansion slows.

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Economics

Thursday, August 28, 2008

China Heading for Post Olympics Economic Bust? / Economics / China Economy

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSomething is going on in China that simply does not add up. Let's start with the GDP. ChinaView is reporting China think tank forecasts GDP growth at 10.2% in Q3 .

BEIJING, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- China will record a GDP growth of 10.2 percent in the third quarter, roughly the same as the second-quarter level, according to a report released on Friday by the State Information Center, a government think tank. The report said consumption would continue to be a major driving force for the national economy. However, auto and home purchases ebbed notably in the first half, adversely affecting consumption in the third quarter. I doubt 10.2% growth is anywhere close to sustainable in a world economy slowing so fast that a global recession is visible on the horizon. Furthermore China has a major pollution mess that needs to be addressed. China is poisoning its land, air, water, and most importantly its citizens.

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Economics

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Growing Herd Of American White Elephants as Corporations Shrink / Economics / Recession 2008 - 2010

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHarvard Illinois, located only a half hour or so from where I live, is home to very large white elephant. Please consider the story of the White Elephant of Harvard .

When the sun sets in Harvard, the lights inside the empty Motorola plant power up and a bright glow arches across the sky in this small farm town.

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Economics

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Soft Canadian Job Market Masked By Public Sector Hiring Binge / Economics / Canada

By: Mike_Shedlock

One expects to hear ridiculous statements continually in the US, particularly from Bernanke, Paulson, President Bush, and various commentators on CNBC.

However, the US does not have a monopoly silly economic commentary by any means. Tom Jeffries at radio station CKNW Vancouver (see the audio links on the right hand side of this blog - a new one is posted every week or so as time permits) sent me a link to an article on the Canadian job market containing comments best described as "That's Loonie".

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Economics

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Economic Depression: Who will Suffer the Least? / Economics / Economic Depression

By: John_Browne

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThough few may have noticed, the past few weeks may be regarded as a global economic turning point. Evidence is mounting that the United States is entering a recession, with increasing signs that it could morph into a depression. While the current Administration appears resigned to bail out or nationalize large tracts of American commerce, the presidential candidates drift towards Great Society era spending proposals. At the same time, America’s principal economic rivals appear to be charting courses that are not in line with U.S. interests.

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