Patrick O'Hare's picture

It is often said that you have to earn your keep to make it in this world. Fortunately, there is an all-time, seasonally-adjusted high of 146,063,000 employees on nonfarm payrolls earning their keep. The unfortunate part is that their average...

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Recent tariffs, talks of bans, and import restrictions have led many to believe that Trump is going to disrupt global trade as the US increasingly takes a protectionist stance. Even on foreign policy, there are fears that, despite his openness to speak with North Korea's Kim Jong Un...

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he macro data from the past month continues to mostly point to positive growth. On balance, the evidence suggests the imminent onset of a recession is unlikely. One concern in recent months had been housing, but revised data shows...

Jill Mislinski's picture

This morning's employment report for April showed a 211K increase in total nonfarm payrolls, surprising forecasts. Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 174,000. The unemployment rate ticked downward from 4.5% to...

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On May 7, France will vote to elect its president in a runoff between far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and the centrist Emmanuel Macron. Macron is predicted to win but will face political challenges to govern after the elections.

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In a world where US political risk appears to be rising and nuclear threats with North Korea come amid persistent tensions in the Middle East and with Russia, worldwide market volatility appears to have blinders on. A Bank of America Merrill...

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The US territory of Puerto Rico is the oldest colony in the world. Part of the United States since 1898, the Caribbean island with a predominantly Spanish-speaking population of over 3.7 million has often been promoted as a candidate to...

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US President Donald Trump flirted with raising the federal gasoline tax this week, raising eyebrows by showing an openness to tackle a problem that has scared away politicians from both parties for years. Everyone seems to want to fix, rebuild...

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A large impetus to the next thrust higher in European equities will be the final round of French elections this Sunday. We’ve covered the rise of populism and how it affects markets for some time now… If Macron should win Sunday...

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When it comes to investing, there are a number of different strategies we might use. In our most recent Big Picture podcast (where we also spoke with Louis-Vincent Gave out of Hong Kong on his macro outlook), Jim Puplava and John Loeffler reviewed three strategies...

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