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from Lakshman Achuthan, Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of ECRI
The cyclical strength in Japanese GDP is being taken by some as a vindication of Abenomics, which was meant to end years of low growth and deflation through a three-pronged approach: monetary easing, fiscal stimulus,and a series of broad structural reforms. Although its impact on inflation has been fleeting,one aspect of Abenomics - the so-called womenomics - has seen some modest success.
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Written by Sig Silber
Re the Monsoon: Break - Surge - Break: Re 6 to 14 Day Outlook: Don't Count on it.
NOAA is assigning a low probability to the 6 - 14 Day Forecast due to "FORECAST CONFIDENCE FOR THE 6-10 DAY PERIOD: BELOW AVERAGE, 2 OUT OF 5, DUE TO A PREDICTED LOW AMPLITUDE PATTERN AND CONFLICTING / WEAK SIGNALS AMONG THE SURFACE TOOLS." Another way of putting that is that it is hard to predict weather when there is none. But we believe the real problem is the inability of the models to deal with a confusing situation most likely related to the time of year and the rapid change in conditions along the Equator. The Southwest Monsoon has been going through rapid changes. Earlier this past week, we had a Break (reduction in activity) and we may now be in the final days of a Surge and the forecast is for another probably short Break. it is a bit unusual to have these rapid swings. It may be that the Monsoon this summer requires favorable conditions to overcome certain negative factors.
Written by Dan Steinbock, Difference Group
As the Islamic State is collapsing in the Middle East, it needs wins elsewhere. Southeast Asia is Jihadi terror's new battlefront. In order to contain the terror and sustain the Asian Century, new kind of cooperation is needed between the ASEAN, the US, China, and other major powers in the region and the Middle East.
by John Persinos, InvestingDaily.com
Article of the Week from Investing Daily
The messy demise of Trumpcare last month was a legislative Waterloo for the Trump administration. Despite controlling the White House and both chambers of Congress, the Republicans couldn't make good on their seven-year promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.
18Aug2017 Market Close: Wall Street's Trump-fed Rally Is Showing Signs Of Faltering Could Herald A S
18Aug2017 Market Update: Wall Street Trading In Narrow Band, DOW Down 5 Points, WTI Crude Shoots Hig
18Aug2017 Pre-Market Commentary: Wall Street Expected To Open Higher, Crude Prices Steady, US Dollar
ECRI's WLI Growth Index which forecasts economic growth six months forward remains in positive territory for over one year. This is compared to RecessionAlerts similar weekly leading index. ECRI also released their coincident and lagging indicators this week.