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Oil Industry Exposure: Are Bank Stocks Telling A Story That Investors Should Be Listening To?

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by Michael Haltman

Often investors need to look for non-verbal clues concerning the actual direction the economy is heading in!

But, for those who watch or read business news sources, you will typically find that every selloff is presented as a buying opportunity that will be coupled with the phrase 'if you liked ____ stock at $___, you should love it now that it is 'on sale'.

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What We Read Today 07 February 2016

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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Why It's Wrong To Compare Zika To Ebola

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Clare Wenham, London School of Economics and Political Science

A committee of the World Health Organisation has declared the Zika virus a global public health emergency. This designation gives the WHO and member states the ability to recommend limits on travel to prevent the potential spread of disease and to call for emergency measures and resources to combat an outbreak.

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Infographic Of The Day: Break Down The New Microsoft

Chances are, you are working with either an Apple or a Microsoft device (or software). Though it may seem like an underdog in an Apple world, Microsoft continues to innovate and bring popular devices to the market.

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Video of the Day:

You'll learn that the Capital Adequacy Ratios and Basel accords are about preventing banks from going bust when loans go bad, rather than limiting their dangerous lending or limiting how much money they create through lending. You'll also see that there is no natural limit on how quickly the banks can create money. In other words, the money supply of the nation depends on the mood swings of banks and the senior bankers that run them. This is surely an insane way to run an economy.


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Insider Trading 05 February 2016: Bill Gates Continues To Sell Microsoft



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Steve Keen On Our Dysfunctional Monetary System

Written by John Lounsbury

The great tragedy of the global economic malaise is that it is caused by a shortage of something that is essentially costless to produce: money.

- - Steve Keen in Forbes

Steve Keen is one of the world's foremost students of the relationships between money, credit and economic growth, an area that has been ignored in much economic theory and analysis for many decades. The fact that he was prompted to criticize so fundamentally the very system he has studied is noteworthy.

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

December 2015 Consumer Credit Rate of Growth Nearly the Same As Last Month

Written by Steven Hansen

The headlines say consumer credit rate of growth surged - and came in well above market expectations. Our analysis shows year-over-year consumer credit growth rate was similar to last month with little change in the rate of growth. However, revolving credit's rate of growth is increasing, but is being offset by decline in non-revolving credit.

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