02 October 2015: ECRI's WLI Growth Index Improves But Remains In Contraction


ECRI's WLI Growth Index which forecasts economic growth six months forward - again improved but remains in negative territory. This index had spent 28 weeks in negative territory then 15 weeks in positive territory - and now is in its eighth week in negative territory.

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What We Read Today 08 October 2015

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary 'reading list' which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for 'reading list' items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

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The Liquidity Mirage. Sixth In A Six-part Series.

from Liberty Street Economics

-- this post authored by Dobrislav Dobrev and Ernst Schaumburg

Market efficiency is often pointed to as a main benefit of automated and high-frequency trading (HFT) in U.S. Treasury markets. Fresh information arriving in the market place is reflected in prices almost instantaneously, ensuring that market makers can maintain tight spreads and that consistent pricing of closely related assets generally prevails. While the positive developments in market functioning due to HFT have been widely acknowledged, we argue that the (price) efficiency gain comes at the cost of making the real-time assessment of market liquidity across multiple venues more difficult.

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Infographic Of The Day: Are Work At Home Jobs An Opportunity Or A Scam?

Companies have been training people for real work-at-home careers for years.

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The universe is unbelievably big – trillions of stars and even more planets. Soo… there just has to be life out there, right? But where is it? Why don’t we see any aliens? Where are they? And more importantly, what does this tell us about our own fate in this gigantic and scary universe?

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09Oct2015 Pre-Market Commentary: World Markets All In The Green, U.S. Futures Up Fractionally, WTI Crude Trading In Low 50's

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Europe's Refugee "Crisis"

by Jayati Ghosh,

If you read or watched or listened only to the mainstream media in the North, you could be forgiven for believing that the current influx of refugees into countries of Europe is not just an important concern, but actually even the single biggest crisis in that continent.


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August 2015 Wholesale Sales Remain In Contraction

Written by Steven Hansen

The headlines say wholesale sales slowed again year-over-year with inventory levels remaining at levels associated with recessions. The best way to look at this series may be the unadjusted data three month rolling averages which marginally accelerated but keeping the long term downtrend in play. This report is not excellent.

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