Durable Goods New Orders Decline in October 2017


Written by Steven Hansen

The headlines say the durable goods new orders declined and backlog shrunk. In addition, the unadjusted three month rolling average declined.


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It's Never Too Late to Dance II

Written by Frank Li

In January 2016, I published my first article on the subject (It's never too late to dance!), summarizing my first year of competitive dancing. This is act II, summarizing my journey over the past two years.

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Infographic Of The Day: Naming Your Business - Lessons Learned The Hard Way

The reality is that most businesses end as failures, and early decisions are extremely critical. While it's tempting to downplay the importance of coming up with a business name, the fact is that the first impression made on customers and suppliers has a massive bearing on the success of your enterprise.

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Current Weather Outlook

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Some Southwest States may set high temperature records on Thanksgiving Day and the Phoenix Airport may record the first Meteorological Fall Season without measurable precipitation since 1938. Alaska is getting back-door cold fronts which are creating Gulf of Alaska Lows which then provide moisture to the Northwest. La Nina and Global Warming result in interesting weather. Continue reading to learn more. 

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22Nov2017 Pre-Market Commentary: Markets Look Good Going Into Thanksgiving

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What Did Trump Achieve In Asia?

Written by Dan Steinbock, Difference Group

Trump's Asia Strategy, Goals and Realities

Trump's critics claim he lacks a comprehensive approach to Asia. In reality, his current approach is aligned with moderate 'America First' goals. But what did Trump really achieve in Asia?

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18 November 2017 Initial Unemployment Claims Rolling Average Again Worsens

Hurricanes continue to impact claims taking procedures in the Virgin Islands, but Puerto Rico improved. The market expectations for weekly initial unemployment claims (from Bloomberg / Econoday) were 238 K to 240 K (consensus 240,000), and the Department of Labor reported -239,000 new claims. The more important (because of the volatility in the weekly reported claims and seasonality errors in adjusting the data) 4 week moving average moved from 238,500 (reported last week as 237,750) to 239,750. The rolling averages generally have been equal to or under 300,000 since August 2014.

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