Infographic Of The Day: The Importance Of Being Social


An Infographic showing the rise of customer service through social media.

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What We Read Today 29 March 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".).


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John Mauldin's Strategic Investment Conference

Econintersect: John Mauldin is presenting the 2015 Strategic Investment Conference in San Diego, CA, April 29 to May 2 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The conference is co-hosted by Altegris. The objective of the conference is to to learn how the world"s leading economic, investment, and geopolitical minds are tackling the challenges presented by rising volatility, falling commodity prices, and global policy divergence, which are threatening to trigger a new round of financial crises around the world.



Infographic Of The Day: The Importance Of Being Social

An Infographic showing the rise of customer service through social media.

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Video of the Day:

This absolutely incredible performance by James Hogue, as Ethan Allen, speaks truth to power and is so relevant to today. His message crosses all ideological boundaries. You owe it to yourself to see the entire performance as Ethan Allen calls out the criminal syndicate that has taken over our government. Hat tip to Roger Erickson.

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FOREX NEWS by DailyForex

Fed’s Faces Dilemma

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is in an unpleasant position these days facing a market uncertain of where it is heading in the near future.

Asian Stocks Mixed on Middle East Fears

Asian stocks were mixed on Friday as rising tensions in the Middle East obscured the investment outlook, while the dollar rebounded.

Japanese Inflation Stutters

It may be counter-intuitive to consumers, but economists and central bankers believe that a little inflation in an economy is a good thing.

Eurozone Business Output Improves

The latest Markit composite Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the Eurozone suggests that business output in the 19 member bloc is growing at its fastest rate for almost four years.

Safe Haven Appeal Grows on Yemen Tension

A growing crisis in Yemen has fueled concerns that the Middle East is on the verge of becoming a powder keg for geopolitical tensions which has sent investors rushing to safe haven currencies like the Japanese Yen and the Swiss Franc.
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Insider Trading 27 March 2015: Ross Stores Selling

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Soaring Corporate Buy Backs Help a Few .... At the Expense of the Broader Economy

by Washington"s Blog, Washington"s Blog

Corporations Artificially Make Themselves Look Good By Buying Their Own Stock

Stock buybacks by corporations are one of the main factors driving up stock prices.


by Asif Suria

Insider buying declined sharply last week with insiders buying $27.48 million of stock compared to $148.24 million in the week prior. Selling also decreased with insiders selling $1.37 billion of stock last week compared to $1.51 billion in the week prior.

Sell/Buy Ratio: The insider Sell/Buy ratio is calculated by dividing the total insider sales in a given week by total insider purchases that week. The adjusted ratio for last week went up to 49.92. In other words, insiders sold almost 50 times as much stock as they purchased. The Sell/Buy ratio this week compares unfavorably with the prior week, when the ratio stood at 10.16.


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

April 2015 Economic Forecast: Economic Growth Decline Now Evident

Written by Steven Hansen

Econintersect"s Economic Index now is indicating growth will be sluggish in April. Most tracked sectors of the economy are expanding - but now there is contraction in some data sets. The negative effects of the recently solved West Coast Port slowdown (a labor dispute which had been going on for months) and bad weather continues to be seen in much of the raw data - and it will be an economic drag on 1Q2015 GDP and into 2Q2015. It is difficult to differentiate these transient issues (weather and labor) from cyclic economic conditions - but one could argue that transient issues are the cause of economic cycles.

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