March 2014 Leading Economic Index Above Expectations

April 21st, 2014
in aa syndication, leading indicators

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The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. improved again in March to 100.9 (2004 = 100, previous month reading = a upwardly revised 100.1). The index growth has been noisy but remains in a growth trend.

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Jeux Sans Frontieres

Age of Wisdom, Age of Foolishness (22)

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In Age of Wisdom, Age of Foolishness “The American Jury is Out, But the European Jury Has Voted” January 11th 2014[i], it was concluded that :

Japan was scheduled to provide the global liquidity in 2013, this year it will be the ECB.

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A Take on Eurozone Debt Crisis

Orderly Debt Reduction Rather Than Permanent Mutualisation Is The Way To Go

by Vesa Vihriala and Beatrice Weder di Mauro,

The EZ debt overhang needs to be fixed. This column argues that making market discipline credible requires an orderly debt restructuring mechanism combined with a strictly regulated temporary mutualisation scheme or a well-designed debt conversion scheme. This combination could reduce the current debt overhang in an orderly fashion and cement strong incentives against over-borrowing in the future.

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Productivity Gains Are Not Being Shared With Joe Sixpack

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Recent posts have shown that productivity gains are not being reflected in Joe Sixpack's paycheck.

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The Truth About Retail Sales

April 19th, 2014
in aa syndication

by Lee Adler, Wall Street Examiner

I’m way behind the tax ball this week, but I wanted to get this even busier and more important chart out to you. It tells a story about the success of QE in making stock market speculators rich, but as for everyone else, not so much. While nominal retail sales have increased, there has been virtually no growth in US real retail spending per person since 2012 after a tepid 2009-2012 recovery. Lately even nominal sales have slowed.

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