What We Read Today 22 October 2014

October 22nd, 2014
in econ_news, syndication

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.

  • Why would the ECB buy corporate bonds? (Matthew C. Klein, FT Alphaville) It may be that the market for asset backed securities and covered bonds in simply not large enough for the massive bond buying the ECB may do. They may have to acquire corporate debt as well.

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Oil Prices Fall Despite Global Uncertainty

October 22nd, 2014
in econ_news

from the Dallas Fed

Oil prices declined to yearly lows at the beginning of the fourth quarter, reflecting weak demand and ample supply, despite geopolitical uncertainty surrounding Iraq, Syria and Ukraine. Global consumption growth forecasts were revised downward due to weak demand in Asia and countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Meanwhile surging production in the U.S. pushed up the supply of oil, offsetting supply disruptions in the Middle East.

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Real average hourly earnings fall 0.2% in September 2014

October 22nd, 2014
in econ_news, syndication

from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Real average hourly earnings for all employees fell 0.2 percent from August to September, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This result stems from unchanged average hourly earnings combined with a 0.1 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U).

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Google Ads Are Getting Cheaper

October 22nd, 2014
in News, econ_news, syndication

from Felix Richter, Statista.com
by Mathias Brandt

At first glance, Google is doing pretty well with 20 percent more revenue and $2.8 billion in profit recorded for the third quarter of 2014.

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NSA Documents Suggest a Close Working Relationship Between NSA, U.S. Companies

October 22nd, 2014
in econ_news

Special Report from ProPublica

by Jeff Larson and Julia Angwin, ProPublica

Newly disclosed National Security Agency documents suggest a closer relationship between American companies and the spy agency than have been previously disclosed.

The documents, published two weeks ago by The Intercept, describe "contractual relationships" between the NSA and U.S. companies, as well as the fact that the NSA has "under cover" spies working at or with some U.S. companies.

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