Written by Gary
Premarkets were high as +0.18% this morning and fell slightly after the U.S. Initial and continuing jobs claims rose higher than expected. WTI oil is hovering at 52.00 remaining in a neutral zone for the past several weeks.
Markets are expected to open up, but flat.
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When the Allies defeated Japan at the end of World War II, they dismantled the Japanese security apparatus and deliberately left the country dependent on outside powers. This entailed not only taking apart the military but also the extensive imperial intelligence apparatus that had facilitated Japanese expansion in Asia. As it reconstituted itself, postwar Japan opted for a decentralized intelligence system as an alternative to its prewar model. The result was more a fragment of an intelligence apparatus than a full system, with Tokyo outsourcing the missing components to its allies. This system worked through the Cold War, when Japan was more essential to U.S. anti-Soviet strategy. Since then, however, Japan has found itself unable to count on its allies to provide vital intelligence in a timely manner. The Islamic State hostage crisis in January, during which Japan depended on Jordanian and Turkish intelligence, reinforced this lesson.
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Infographic Of The Day: Homeless Transgender Youth
Transgender people can be straight, gay, lesbian or bisexual. Q stands for questioning – someone who is questioning their sexual and/or gender orientation. Sometimes, the Q stands for “queer,” a term reclaimed by some LGBTs for political reasons.
by Dirk Ehnts, Econoblog101
The title of this post was taken from a paper by Josef Mensik, a colleague of mine from Brno in the Czech Republic. The abstract starts like this:
by Elliott Morss, Morss Global FinanceIntroduction
We have all heard the positive sounding news: fourth quarter revenues of US$362 million, a 121% increase from third quarter of 2014; contract sales of $402 million, which is a 140% increase from the third quarter of 2014. These numbers are really a testimony to just how bad the Chinese real estate market was the third quarter.
Written by Steven Hansen
A simple summary of the headlines for this release is that the growth of labor costs is increased significantly from the previous quarter, whilst the rate of growth of productivity significantly declined. If one looks at the year-over-year data - it is saying the same thing.