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Early Bird Headlines 31 March 2015

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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What We Read Today 30 March 2015

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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What We Still Don't Know About the Fed's Leak Investigation

Special Report from ProPublica

by Jake Bernstein,

Last December, ProPublica reported that confidential information from the Federal Reserve Board committee that sets the nation"s monetary policy had been leaked to a private investor newsletter in 2012. This week, the Fed for the first time put out a summary of its investigation into the leak - one that raises new questions about how the matter was handled.

Fed General Counsel Scott Alvarez


Infographic Of The Day: Airplane Safety Equipment A View From The Top

Look up! Right now there are approximately 5,000 planes in the air over the United States.

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Video of the Day:

In response to the report that says the aircraft audio shows a pilot was locked out of cockpit: "(...) A senior military official says, "Then the audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter. “The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door, and then he hits the door stronger, and no answer. There is never an answer. You can hear he is trying to smash the door down.”

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FOREX NEWS by DailyForex

Confidence in Euro-zone

Confidence in the euro zone’s economy rose for a fourth straight month in March to its highest since July 2011, a European Commission survey showed on Monday, suggesting the weak euro and lower oil prices are spurring the recovery.

BOE Perfects Art of Stable Door Closure

It is always easy to be wise after the event. Bank regulators should have been more wary of the risks to the banking sector through dubious loans issued to sub-prime lenders and the folly of “securitising” such loans in blocks and believing that that would make an investment grade product.

Fed Chief Comments Lift Dollar

In spite of the recent Federal Reserve policy decision which was surprisingly and decidedly dovish, the head of the US central bank, Janet Yellen, confirmed over the weekend that the Fed could begin gradually raising interest rates later in the year.

U.S. Job Report to Spur Fed Decision

Economists and investors are anxious about the March U.S. labor market report due out in the next week which could be the deciding factor in when the Federal Reserve will spring its first interest rate hike.

Forex Week in Review

Last week saw the final trading session for the week, the month and the quarter from the perspective of these summaries. Get the analysis for March 30, 2015 here.
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Thoughts on The Current Oil Market

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Iran is Ready to Crash Pipelineistan

by Pepe Escobar

Appeared previously at Doomstead Diner 23 March 2015

Way beyond an Iran nuclear deal, and way beyond the end of a nasty economic siege that"s been in place for 35 years since the Islamic Revolution, the coming Western embrace means above all that Iran is now ready to crash the chessboard I call Pipelineistan.


 USA economy at a glance (boxed items are updates in last 7 days)

Gasoline Prices for Week Ending 30 March 2015 Down Almost 1 Cent Last Week, Consolidation Still In Progress

Econintersect: Average gasoline prices fell 0.7 cents per gallon nationwide this past week following the previous week"s 0.1 cent rise. From the same week one year ago, gas prices have fallen $1.12 a gallon.

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