Stratfor's picture

Europe traditionally has been a cradle for nationalism. From the romantic nationalism of the 19th century to the totalitarianism of the 20th century, Europeans have long defined themselves by a strong...

Matthew Kerkhoff's picture

Inflation is a major driver of the long end of the yield curve. Investors typically don't lend money at rates at which there is a high likelihood that the proceeds, once repaid, will have less purchasing power than the initial money lent.

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At the moment, mainland investors need to have a portfolio of 500,000 yuan, or just over $80,000, to participate in the scheme. This regulation excludes a lot of investors and traders. Lowering this minimum portfolio would allow for...

Chris Puplava's picture

While investors have not had to worry about sovereign defaults in Europe and other parts of the world in several years, there appears to be mounting evidence that sovereign debt default concerns will be picking up meaningfully in the coming months...

Doug Short's picture

The Advance Retail Sales Report released this morning shows that sales in December came in at -0.9% (-0.94% at two decimals) month-over-month, down from a downwardly revised 0.4% in November.

Adrian Ash's picture

Gold buy bids jumped Wednesday lunchtime in London after the European Central Bank won legal approval to start QE bond purchases and new data showed retail sales in the U.S. sinking last month at the fastest pace since 2010.

Marc Chandler's picture

The key axis in Europe is between creditors and debtors. Each pushes their own interests. The regime of austerity in Europe indicates that the creditors have had the upper hand. However, there have been two developments in the last...

Patrick O'Hare's picture

Yesterday, the market surged at the open, only to lose all the gains and more in a mid-day sell-off. Page One noted the fragile nature of the market as exhibited on Monday as a risk, and that risk continues. The lower open indicated for...

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While numerous analysts have recently issued caution on our show, citing a number of parallels between today and events that precipitated back-to-back crises during 1997 and 1998, Piper Jaffray’s Craig Johnson tells Financial Sense Newshour, “We’re still bullish,”...

Oil Price's picture

The leaders of Iran and Venezuela, two OPEC members badly hurt by the plunge in oil prices, say they will work together to raise the price to a level that they consider more realistic. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, visiting with...

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