Michael Shedlock's picture

Economists debate limits of monetary easing, especially negative interest rates that prompt savers and even banks in Germany to stockpile cash in safes and bank vault. Bank of Japan chief Haruhiko Kuroda sees things differently.

Urban Carmel's picture

The 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. Overall, the main positives from the recent data are in employment...

Jill Mislinski's picture

Today's release of the publicly available data from ECRI (Economic Cycle Research Institute) puts its Weekly Leading Index (WLI) at 138.4, up 0.4 from the previous week. Year-over-year the four-week moving average of the indicator is now...

ValueWalk's picture

Technology is moving to disrupt as many business models as it can and investment banks are not immune, an August 26 91 page Bank of America Merrill Lynch report points out. Banks in the European Union are struggling with different...

FS Staff's picture

The next month or two may be key in adjusting technical perceptions about the long-term outlook for the US stock market. Was the recent push to new all-time highs simply a blow-off top or the beginning stages of a new, and perhaps widely unanticipated, bull market?...

Ben Hunt PhD's picture

Magical thinking is a term of art in both clinical psychology and cultural anthropology, and it refers to the common belief among both children and “primitive” societies (yes, intentional quotation marks there to show my arched eyebrow at...

Oil Price's picture

The fist LNG shipment to China from the lower 48 states arrived last week, marking the official entry of the US into the Asian LNG market. The shipment was chartered by Royal Dutch Shell (ticker: RDS) and originated from Cheniere Energy...

Charles Hugh Smith's picture

How did Byzantium endure for 1,000 years after the fall of Rome? One of my reading projects over the past year is to learn more about empires:how they are established, why they endure and why they crumble. To this end, I've recently...

Global Risk Insights's picture

US wealth keeps moving into fewer hands. Here’s how it might impact the economy. Will she or won’t she? That’s the question central bankers are asking days after last week’s symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. At that meeting, Federal Reserve...

Marc Chandler's picture

The World Bank sold the equivalent of about $700 mln in a three-year multiple currency bond that duplicated the composition of the IMF's Special Drawing Rights or SDR. There has been much fanfare. It is the first SDR bond in more...

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