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The U.S. and China Square off

 

In Beijing this week the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit is winding down. As representatives from its 21 member nations return home, one thing is certain.  China has become America’s main rival for influence in that region. read more…

From one Fed to another

 

What a week it was! The U.S. central bank marked the end of its quantitative easing, while promising to keep interest rates low. On the other side of the world, the Japanese central bank did the opposite. Their Fed increased the amount of stimulus it will add to the economy from $600 billion to over $730 billion per year. read more…

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Wash, rinse and repeat

 

The dollars running, stocks are falling, bond prices are jumping while commodities are tanking.  Welcome to another week in the financial markets. Expect more of the same in October. read more…

Waiting on the Fed

It should be clear to you by now that in the United States the Federal Reserve Bank is calling the shots in our financial markets.  To a lesser extent this phenomena is happening all over the world. As such, the markets did little this week because the Fed doesn’t meet again until Tuesday. read more…

The United States of Scotland?

Will the ghost of William Wallace finally see the British thrown out of his country once and for all? If the latest polls on the outcome of the September 18th referendum on Scottish Independence are any indication, Scots are in a dead heat over the political and economic future of their country. read more…

More Money fuels the markets

 

As expected, the European Central Bank announced additional monetary stimulus in its effort to jump-start the EU economies. Global markets liked what they heard and bought stocks to celebrate. read more…

Europe Follows the U.S. lead

 

The European Central Bank has lagged behind both the U.S. and Japanese counterparts in their efforts to stimulate the economies of the European Union. Today, they attempted to address that fault before Europe sinks into a recession. read more…

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