February 2014 JOLTS Exceeds Expections But Data Is Mixed

April 8th, 2014
in aa syndication, employment

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The BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) can be used as a predictor of future jobs growth, and the predictive elements show that the jobs situation growth rate is mixed. This was an annual revision month which negates past analysis.

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Stratfor: U.S. Defense Policy in the Wake of the Ukrainian Affair

April 8th, 2014
in aa syndication, stratfor, russia

By George Friedman, Founder and Chairman, Stratfor

Ever since the end of the Cold War, there has been an assumption that conventional warfare between reasonably developed nation-states had been abolished. During the 1990s, it was expected that the primary purpose of the military would be operations other than war, such as peacekeeping, disaster relief and the change of oppressive regimes. After 9/11, many began speaking of asymmetric warfare and "the long war." Under this model, the United States would be engaged in counterterrorism activities in a broad area of the Islamic world for a very long time. Peer-to-peer conflict seemed obsolete.

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March 2014 Conference Board Employment Index Strengthens

April 7th, 2014
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The Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index for March 2014 – which forecasts employment for the next 6 months – strengthened. The rate of year-over-year growth improved, and there was a marginal improvement in the three month rolling average rate of growth.

 

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February 2014 Consumer Credit: Growth Weakens

April 7th, 2014
in aa syndication, consumer credit

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Econintersect analysis is that total consumer credit growth decelerated 0.2% month-over-month, and the year-over-year growth is 5.7%. The seasonally adjusted consumer credit headlines are showing a growth of 6.5%. The underlying dynamics are very interesting this month as there was a deceleration in the unadjusted data growth in both revolving and non-revolving credit.

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The New U.S. Oil Bottleneck

April 7th, 2014
in commodities, trade data, transport

Storage Glut Moving from Cushing to Gulf Coast

by EconMatters, EconMatters.com

As Cushing supplies decline due to increased logistic options out of the storage hub in the Midwest PADD 2 in Cushing, Oklahoma inventories are rising to elevated levels in the Gulf Coast which eventually will provide the bottleneck and back up oil flows all along the supply and logistics chain.

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