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Documentary Of The Week: History Of The World From The Beginning Of 'Time'

Written by John Lounsbury

Econintersect: This 2015 BBC documentary presents what we know about the history of earth beginning with the creation of the universe. Starting with the "big bang", the story of the formation of what we see today unfolds. Of course, what we understand is incomplete but the story told by scientific observation does explain a great deal of the mysteries of our world and universe. However, there are also things not yet understood and this is not addressed in this film.

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The Four Factors That Decide How We Feel About Income Inequality

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Adrian Furnham, UCL

Sometimes it is hard to nail down exactly how we feel about disparities between incomes, but emotions certainly run higher after a financial crisis and a few years of austerity. We might be furious that scandal-hit CEOs walk away with multi-million dollar packages but we can feel impotent in the face of the "market forces" we are told dictate such things. We might find easier targets among public servants, from GPs to councillors and head teachers, who have their "generous packages" revealed.

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Why Mexican Immigrants Are Healthier Than Their US-born Peers

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Anna Waldstein, University of Kent

Supporters of Donald Trump's wall might have us believe that Mexicans who enter the US illegally carry disease and take advantage of America's healthcare system. But several large public health surveys suggest that most Mexican immigrants are healthier than the average American citizen. So what can Americans learn about health from their Mexican neighbours?

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The US View On Climate Change

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Martin Armstrong

As one of the 97 countries to ratify the Paris Climate Change Agreement which came into force last year, the United States government has been starting to show signs that it takes the threat of global warming seriously.

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Hilarious Security Camera Compilation

Well-selected funny moments caught on security camera in one short video!

Brexit: Whither The Pound?

from the San Francisco Fed

-- this post authored by Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas and Galina Hale

People of the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union last June, a process dubbed "Brexit." The persistent depreciation of the British pound since the vote suggests that U.K. economic conditions will be weakened over the long run following the separation from the EU. This projection of a persistent economic loss is based on the expected reversal of earlier gains from trade with other EU members and reduced cross-border labor flows.

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Is Chinese Growth Overstated?

from Liberty Street Economics

-- this post authored by Hunter Clark, Maxim Pinkovskiy, and Xavier Sala-i-Martin

For analysts of the Chinese economy, questions about the accuracy of the country's official GDP data are a frequent source of angst, leading many to seek guidance from alternative indicators. These nonofficial gauges often suggest Beijing's growth figures are exaggerated, but that conclusion is not supported by our analysis, which draws upon satellite measurements of the intensity of China's nighttime light emissions - a good proxy for GDP growth that is presumably not subject to whatever measurement errors may affect the country's official economic statistics.

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Trading Ideas Between Countries

from the St Louis Fed

-- this post authored by Ana Maria Santacreu, Economist

We live in a world in which countries have become highly interconnected through production linkages, international trade and knowledge flows. The increase in the exchange of ideas around the world has been facilitated by these interactions.

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Recession To Recovery: A Decade In Perspective

from the Atlanta Fed

The Cyclical Recovery

In the complex U.S. economy, trends do not often fit cleanly into categories such as cyclical and secular. Broadly speaking, though, it is possible to classify certain developments as mainly cyclical and others as more persistent, or secular.

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Infographic Of The Day: Visualizing America's Changing Energy Mix

What powers the U.S., and how that mix is evolving over time.

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Early Headlines: Asia Stocks Up, Dollar And Oil Down, Gold Stable, Trump Tax Plan Today, Trump Reviews National Monuments, UK Deficit Lowest In 10 Years, China Banking Crisis, Canadian Lumber Tariff, And More

Written by Econintersect

Early Bird Headlines 26 April 2017

Econintersect: Here are some of the headlines we found to help you start your day. For more headlines see our afternoon feature for GEI members, What We Read Today, which has many more headlines and a number of article discussions to keep you abreast of what we have found interesting.

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Jesus Christ vs. Confucius

Written by Frank Li

After comparing China with Ancient Greece (Ancient Greece vs. Ancient China), Ancient Rome (Ancient Rome vs. Ancient China), the era of the Byzantine Empire (The Era of the Byzantine Empire vs. Ancient China), and the Spanish & British Empires (Spanish & British Empires vs. China), let me now compare two important historical figures: Jesus Christ vs. Confucius.

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2016 The Worst Year So Far For Syria's Children

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Martin Armstrong

A report released by UNICEF has shed more light on the the plight of Syria's remaining children, revealing that 2016 was the worst year since the beginning of the conflict.

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Macron And Le Pen To Face Off For French Presidency - But She Won't Be Pleased With First Round Result

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Paul Smith, University of Nottingham

In the end, the polls were right. Emmanuel Macron will go into the second round of the French presidential election against Marine Le Pen. For a while it seemed as though a dead heat were on the cards but, in the end, Macron took first place, with nearly 24%, ahead of Le Pen at just under 22%.

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Best Selling Hard Soda Brands In The U.S.

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Dyfed Loesche

Hard soda's making a big splash in the United States.

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What We Read Today 25 April 2017

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.

This feature is published every day late afternoon New York time. For early morning review of headlines see "The Early Bird" published every day in the early am at GEI News (membership not required for access to "The Early Bird".).

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April 2017 Chemical Activity Barometer Suggests Continued Growth Through 2017

from the American Chemistry Council

The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) marked the second quarter by posting a robust 5.6 percent year-over-year gain, suggesting continued growth through year-end 2017.

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Final April 2017 Michigan Consumer Sentiment Slips but Remains Strong

by Jill Mislinski, Advisor Perspectives/dshort.com

The latest Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index was released this morning based on data collected through April 13. The headline number of 120.3 was a decrease from the final reading of 124.9 for March, a downward revision from 125.6. Today's number was below the Investing.com consensus of 122.5.

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Richmond Fed Manufacturing Survey Again Improves In April 2017.

Of the four regional Federal Reserve surveys released to date, all are in expansion.

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March 2017 Headline New Home Sales Improve and Above Expectations

Written by John Lounsbury and Steven Hansen

The headlines say new home sales improved and was above market expectaions.

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Case-Shiller 20 City Home Price Index February 2017 Shows 5.9 % Year-over-Year Growth

Written by Steven Hansen

The non-seasonally adjusted Case-Shiller home price index (20 cities) year-over-year rate of home price growth improved to 5.9 %. The index authors stated "Housing affordability has declined since 2012 as the pressure of higher prices has been a larger factor than stable to lower mortgage rates".

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Infographic Of The Day: Comparison Of Population Density

You may have heard that the majority of the world's population actually lives within a relatively small circle that covers China, India, Japan, and other parts of Southeast Asia.

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Early Headlines: Asia Stocks, Dollar, And Oil All Up, Gold Down, China Stocks Diverge, Bankrupt Retail, Courtiers To Palace Wed., US Starts Trade War With Canada Over Lumber, And More

Written by Econintersect

Early Bird Headlines 25 April 2017

Econintersect: Here are some of the headlines we found to help you start your day. For more headlines see our afternoon feature for GEI members, What We Read Today, which has many more headlines and a number of article discussions to keep you abreast of what we have found interesting.

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April 24, 2017 Weather and Climate Report - All Too Normal!

Written by Sig Silber

Typical Spring weather. There is a hint of El Nino gaining ground but there are other reasons for thinking that we may be setting up for an active Atlantic Tropical Storm Summer. Generally those two concepts do not coexist well but since Summer happens before Winter it might be possible.

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The Countries With The Fastest Internet

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Martin Armstrong

According to Akamai, South Korea is on top of the world when it comes to fast internet.

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CO2 Levels And Global Warming

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Martin Armstrong

Scott Pruitt, director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told CNBC that he does not believe that carbon dioxide (CO2) is a primary contributor to climate change, essentially exonerating the influence of human beings on global warming.

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Worthless Mining Waste Could Suck CO Out Of The Atmosphere And Reverse Emissions

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Simon Redfern, University of Cambridge

The Paris Agreement commits nations to limiting global warming to less than 2˚C by the end of the century. However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that, to meet such a massive challenge, societies will need to do more than simply reduce and limit carbon emissions. It seems likely that large scale removal of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere may be called for: so-called "negative emissions".

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Average Gasoline Prices for Week Ending 24 April 2017 Rose Over 1 Cent

Average gasoline prices rose 1.3 cents this past week following the previous week's 1.2 cent rise.


Average prices by region and a breakdown by grade follow after "Read more....".

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The Worst Roads In The USA

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Martin Armstrong

The American Society of Civil Engineers 2017 infrastructure report card has revealed the states in the U.S. with the worst roads.

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What We Read Today 24 April 2017

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.

This feature is published every day late afternoon New York time. For early morning review of headlines see "The Early Bird" published every day in the early am at GEI News (membership not required for access to "The Early Bird".).

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Best And Worst States To Retire In The United States

We spend most of our lives working and planning for retirement. When it's finally time to retire, finding the right place to live is key. WalletHub ranked the 50 states and Washington, DC. in order of best and worst places to retire. Analysts compared the states based on affordability, quality of life and health care. Within those three main categories, there were 31 additional metrics to rank the states.

April 2017 Texas Manufacturing Survey Continues to Expand

Of the three Federal Reserve districts which have released their April manufacturing surveys - all are in expansion. A complete summary follows.

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March 2017 CFNAI Super Index Moving Average Declined

Written by Steven Hansen

The economy's growth slowed based on the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) 3 month moving (3MA) average - but economic growth remains marginally above the historical trend rate of growth. If one views the single month index to grasp what is going on - it significantly declined.

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What Is The Informal Labor Market?

from the St Louis Fed

-- this post authored by Paulina Restrepo-Echavarria, Economist, and Maria A. Arias, Senior Research Associate

Although often associated with developing countries, illicit activities or undocumented workers, the informal labor market is much broader than many would imagine. In fact, people from all walks of life participate in a wide array of legitimate business ventures that are part of the informal economy. So, how big is the U.S.'s informal labor market, and who participates in it?

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Changes In Labor Force Participation

from the Atlanta Fed

-- this post authored by John Robertson

In the aftermath of the Great Recession, labor force attachment declined. However, that pattern has been reversing itself lately. In particular, the labor force participation rate (LFPR) of the prime-age (25 to 54 years old) population, the core segment of the workforce, has been moving higher since late 2015.

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Infographic Of The Day: 10 Habits Of Millionaires For Building Wealth

If building large amounts of wealth was easy, then almost anyone could do it.

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Early Headlines: Asia Stocks Mostly Up, China Down, Dollar And Oil Up, Gold Down, European Stocks Open Up, 2nd SCOTUS Seat For Trump?, SCOTUS Gets Gerrymander, UK Has Huge Gender Pay Gaps, And More

Written by Econintersect

Early Bird Headlines 24 April 2017

Econintersect: Here are some of the headlines we found to help you start your day. For more headlines see our afternoon feature for GEI members, What We Read Today, which has many more headlines and a number of article discussions to keep you abreast of what we have found interesting.

early-bird-301-180

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Most Read Articles Last Week Ending 22 April

Written by Econintersect

Econintersect: Google Analytics has given GEI page read counts for each of the 254 most read articles on Global Economic Intersection for the week 16 through 22 April, inclusive. The top ten are listed after the Read more >>jump.

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GOP Healthcare Plan Would Cost The Poor And Old The Most

from Statista.com

-- this post authored by Niall McCarthy

The House GOP bill to replace the Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare) would reduce the federal budget deficit by $337 billion over the next 10 years .

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