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May 2015 Texas Manufacturing Survey Manufacturing Activity Continues to Decline

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Of the five Federal Reserve districts which have released their April manufacturing surveys - three forecast weak growth and two are in contraction. A complete summary follows.

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What We Read Today 25 May 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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Stratfor: A Net Assessment of Europe

by George Friedman

Last week I began this series with a Net Assessment of the World, in which I focused on the growing destabilization of the Eurasian land mass. This week I continue the series, which will ultimately analyze each region in detail, with an analysis of Europe. I start here, rather than in the Middle East, because while the increasing successes of the Islamic State are significant, the region itself is secondary to Europe in the broader perspective. The Middle East matters, but Europe is as economically productive as the United States and, for the past 500 years, has been the force that has reshaped the world.

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Infographic Of The Day: Guide To Airbrushing

An airbrush works by passing a stream of fast moving (compressed) air through a venturi, which creates a local reduction in air pressure (suction) that allows paint to be pulled from an interconnected reservoir at normal atmospheric pressure.

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Video of the Day:

Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke on the Senate floor on February 26, 2015 about the Investor-State Dispute Settlement provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.


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FOREX NEWS by DailyForex

Greece Unable To Pay IMF

In June, Greece must repay €1.5 billion to the IMF and roll over €5.2 billion in short-term bonds.

Oil Prices Steady—For Now

Crude oil seems to be making a comeback. With prices rebounding significantly over the last few weeks, traders are jumping back in with expectations of continued gains.

Fed’s Fischer Says Rate Hike Debate Driven by Data, Not Date

With all the talk by Fed Chairwomen Janet Yellen and other Fed officials that interest rates will be raised by the end of the year, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer seems to be taking a different approach, believing that there is a risk to raising interest rates prematurely.

Weekly Economic & Political Timeline

Although the Forex market is open all week, Monday is a public holiday in both the U.K. and the U.S.A., as well as most of the rest of Europe, so it should be a very quiet day.

Forex Week in Review

Last week was a positive affair for the world’s major markets with the one exception of the Dow. Get the analysis for the week of May 25, 2015 here.
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First QE Results are in: ECB did not Engage in "Printing Money"!

by Dirk Ehnts, Econoblog101

"Europe finally starts pumping markets with cash", CNN Money titled in early March 2015 when the ECB announced its program of quantitative easing (QE). Other press outfits wrote similar lines (Telegraph, RT, Reuters, ...) whereas some understood what was going on at the time (among others, the BBC).

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Richmond Fed Manufacturing Survey Squeaks Into Expansion in April 2015

Of the four regional Federal Reserve surveys released to date, three show manufacturing expanding weakly and one is in contraction.

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