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Emerging Markets: What Changed
Article By: Marc Chandler
Saturday, March 17, 2018 4:31 PM EDT
In the EM equity space as measured by MSCI, Qatar (+8.5%), China (+2.2%), and Hungary (+2.0%) have outperformed this week, while Mexico (-3.0%), South Africa (-3.0%), and Brazil (-2.9%) have underperformed.
Goldilocks, R. I. P. (Part 3)
Article By: David Stockman
Saturday, March 17, 2018 3:00 PM EDT
The first law of Bubble Finance is that stock market crashes trigger recessions, not vice versa. That stands your grandfather's macroeconomics on its ahead, yet the casual chain from which it arises is straight forward.
In this article: AMZN
Even Without The Law, Fiduciary Rule Awareness Remains
Article By: David Trainer
Saturday, March 17, 2018 12:47 PM EDT
After lengthy delays and attempts to kill the regulation, the Fiduciary Rule went in to partial effect in June 2017. Now, the fifth circuit court has struck down to the rule, after concluding that the rule “overreached” and was “unreasonable.
Is The Global Economy Cooling Off?
Video By: Russell Investments
Saturday, March 17, 2018 12:00 PM EDT
In the U.S., more signals may be emerging, such as a decline in consumer spending. The country just logged its second month in a row of weaker retail sales growth, and we’ve also seen some moderation in housing market activity.
Housing Starts And Permits Well Below Most Pessimistic Estimates
Article By: Mish Shedlock
Saturday, March 17, 2018 8:00 AM EDT
Economists expected a small pullback in housing starts and permits. Instead, those aspects of the report were a disaster.
Increased Productivity Is Eliminating Steel Industry Jobs, Not Imports
Article By: Foundation For Economic Education
Saturday, March 17, 2018 7:00 AM EDT
It now takes 85 percent fewer man-hours to produce a ton of steel than it did in 1980.
In this article: SLX
RecessionAlert Weekly Leading Index Update - Friday, March 16
Article By: Jill Mislinski
Friday, March 16, 2018 10:00 PM EDT
The latest index reading came in at 20.6, down from 21.0 the previous week.
Peter Navarro's Trade Math Says The US Lost 55 Million Jobs
Article By: Mish Shedlock
Friday, March 16, 2018 8:42 PM EDT
Donald Boudreaux, Professor of Economics at George Mason U, calls out Peter Navarro for his impossible trade math. Here is a letter Boudreaux sent to Peter Navarro, president Trump's alleged "trade guru".
In this article: GLD
Week In Review: Stocks Pull Back On Political Headlines
Article By: Adam Sarhan
Friday, March 16, 2018 7:50 PM EDT
All the major indices are trading just below their record highs despite concerning headlines That, ladies and gentlemen, is a very strong sign that the bulls are still in control of this market.
In this article: QCOM
A Busy Week In Washington And The Fiduciary Rule’s Fate
Article By: Craig Birk
Friday, March 16, 2018 7:35 PM EDT
Stocks drifted lower as investors pondered the impacts of tariffs, White House drama, and rising interest rates. Meanwhile, a court of appeals ruled that the Department of Labor overreached with its fiduciary rule and struck down the law.
March 2018: ECRI's WLI Growth Index Rate Continues To Slow
Article By: Steven Hansen
Friday, March 16, 2018 7:00 PM EDT
ECRI's U.S. Weekly Leading Index (WLI) edged up to 149.7 from 149.3, while WLI growth ticked down to 5.6% from 5.8%.
US National Debt Hits $21 Trillion
Article By: Tyler Durden
Friday, March 16, 2018 6:51 PM EDT
Total US debt has now risen by over $1 trillion in Trump's first year... and the real spending hasn't even begun yet.
US Industry Experiences The Full 2014 Again In February
Article By: Jeffrey P. Snider
Friday, March 16, 2018 6:20 PM EDT
In February 2018, it was like old times for the US industrial sectors. Prior to the 2015-16 downturn, the otherwise moribund economy did produce two genuine booms.
Looking Ahead To The Fed Rate Hike Next Week
Podcast By: Cory Fleck
Friday, March 16, 2018 4:40 PM EDT
A look ahead to the next week’s Fed meeting and most likely rate hike. Four of the last five times the rate hike has put a bottom in the gold price and resulted in a nice rally.
In this podcast: GLD, UUP
Job Openings & Labor Turnover: Clues To The Business Cycle - Friday, March 16
Article By: Jill Mislinski
Friday, March 16, 2018 3:47 PM EDT
The Openings are slightly below its record high since the start of the series in December of 2000 and the moving average has been above the hires levels for the last two and a half years.
GDPNow Forecast Dips Slightly: Baseline 1.8%, Real Final Sales 1.1%
Article By: Mish Shedlock
Friday, March 16, 2018 3:28 PM EDT
For GDPNow, a strong factory report could not overtake weak housing and trade reports. Divergence with Nowcast widens.
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