Here’s Clear Evidence That The Fed Has Suppressed Americans’ Wage and Salary Growth

February 12th, 2015
in aa syndication

by Lee Adler, Wall Street Examiner

We’ve been hearing noises that wage gains for US workers are picking up. It seems to be coming from analysts who are cherry picking data points to suit their point of view. So, I figured:

“Gee, let’s make a chart of that to see if it really is true.”

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Groundhog Day in Greece

February 11th, 2015
in eurozone and euro

by Thorsten Beck,

The Greek-Troika conflict is roiling markets, boardrooms and cabinet offices around the world. Crises are best solved by recognising losses, allocating them and moving on, so the biggest risk, this column argues, is that a compromise kicks the can further down the road. As the can rolls on, the scenery becomes politically and socially less attractive – fuelling the rise of political animosities, nationalism, and fringe parties. Greece is a special case but indicative of the core problem – deficient EZ governance structures that mean societies are stuck with increasing socioeconomic exclusion and political despair. The crisis will continue until the necessary further deepening of EZ institutional structures is completed.

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The Battle for the Eurozone is NOT between Countries, It is between Classes

Syriza and the French indemnity of 1871-73

by Michael Pettis, China Financial Markets

European nationalists have successfully convinced us, against all logic, that the European crisis is a conflict among nations, and not among economic sectors. Today’s Financial Times has an article discussing the travails of Greece’s new Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis as he takes on Germany:

In a small but telling sign of the frosty relations between Berlin and the new Greek government, the German finance ministry last week criticised Mr Varoufakis for failing to follow through with a customary courtesy call following his appointment. Mr Schäuble, meanwhile, has warned Greece not to attempt to “blackmail” Berlin with demands for debt relief.

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Stratfor: Germany Emerges

February 10th, 2015
in stratfor, eurozone and euro

by George Friedman

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, accompanied by French President Francois Hollande, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Feb. 6. Then she met with U.S. President Barack Obama on Feb. 9. The primary subject was Ukraine, but the first issue discussed at the news conference following the meeting with Obama was Greece. Greece and Ukraine are not linked in the American mind. They are linked in the German mind, because both are indicators of Germany's new role in the world and of Germany's discomfort with it.

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On the Road to Asia: Why Germany and the Eurozone Want a Trade Deal with Australia

February 9th, 2015
in trade data, macroeconomics

by Harald Sander, The Conversation

Shortly after the G20 summit in Brisbane, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced initiatives to increase trade and investment relations between Germany and Australia. Both parties agreed to set up a joint working group to identify future initiatives. What can we reasonably expect from it?

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