State of the UK: The Great European Question


by Michael Emerson, The Conversation

The UK"s place in Europe is one of the most divisive issues in the 2015 general election campaign. The Conservative Party and UKIP want an in/out referendum, Labour does not and the Liberal Democrats certainly recognise it as an important matter, even if leader Nick Clegg is refusing to come down on either side of the debate.


 more WWRT

What We Read Today 01 April 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.

This feature is published every day late afternoon New York time. For early morning review of headlines see "The Early Bird" published every day in the early am at GEI News (membership not required for access to "The Early Bird".).


Every day most of this column ("What We Read Today") is available only to GEI members.

To become a GEI Member simply subscribe to our FREE daily newsletter.

Read more ...

 more features, analysis, studies, and news published in the last week

Bosses Off Limits For Most April Fool's Pranksters

from Felix Richter,
by Niall McCarthy

Even though it may seem hard to believe, a third of American adults intend pulling off some form of prank on April Fool"s Day, according to research conducted by The Harris Poll.


Infographic Of The Day: Causes And Treatments For Headache In Children

Is your child often complaining of headaches?

Read more ...

Video of the Day:

Ever wondered why you're left handed? Or confused by why we yawn? Take a look at the human body's biggest mysteries with All Time 10s.

video of day picture

FOREX NEWS by DailyForex

Greece Fails to Reach Deal

Greece failed to reach an initial deal with the European Union and the IMF to unlock aid after the creditors dismissed a package of reforms from Athens as ideas rather than a concrete plan, officials said on Tuesday.

Euro Poised for New Quarterly Record

As the end of this quarter draws to a close, the common currency Euro is poised to record its single worst quarter ever.

Confidence in Euro-zone

Confidence in the euro zone’s economy rose for a fourth straight month in March to its highest since July 2011, a European Commission survey showed on Monday, suggesting the weak euro and lower oil prices are spurring the recovery.

BOE Perfects Art of Stable Door Closure

It is always easy to be wise after the event. Bank regulators should have been more wary of the risks to the banking sector through dubious loans issued to sub-prime lenders and the folly of “securitising” such loans in blocks and believing that that would make an investment grade product.

Fed Chief Comments Lift Dollar

In spite of the recent Federal Reserve policy decision which was surprisingly and decidedly dovish, the head of the US central bank, Janet Yellen, confirmed over the weekend that the Fed could begin gradually raising interest rates later in the year.
 more investing, markets, precious metals & forex

01Apr2015 Market Close: Markets Close In The Red, Oil Up, U.S. Dollar Down

 more opinion

Germany Wants to Bail Out Its Austerity Measures - Not Greece

by Peter Bloom, The Conversation

After several months of tense and often antagonistic negotiations, Greece and its creditors appear to be at a stalemate. In order to receive a further bail-out funds, the Syriza government has proposed a set of reforms that in the view of Germany, the ECB and the IMF "don"t make the grade".


 USA economy at a glance (boxed items are updates in last 7 days)

Construction Spending Growth Mixed in February 2015. Private Sector Construction Improved.

Written by Steven Hansen

The headlines say construction spending declined this month - the data is volatile and backward revisions distort the picture. However, the rate of growth looking at the unadjusted rolling averages improved this month following a persistent decline in the rate of growth for the previous 12 months. This month private construction improved which has been the drag on new construction growth.

Read more ...