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A Perfect Example of the Euro$ Squeeze

By |2019-11-07T16:22:14-05:00November 7th, 2019|Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy|

Germany’s vast industrial sector continued in the tank in September. According to new estimates from deStatis, that country’s government agency responsible for maintaining economic data, Industrial Production dropped by another 4% year-over-year during the month of September 2019. It was the fifth consecutive monthly decline at around that alarming rate. Four percent doesn’t sound like [...]

The Shock, The Squeeze, and The Downside

By |2019-08-28T11:39:46-04:00August 28th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Yesterday, Eurostat confirmed that German GDP in Q2 2019 had contracted. Also issuing benchmark revisions, the European government agency found that GDP growth had been slightly better than previously thought at the top of Reflation #3. The last two quarters of 2017 saw the biggest upward revisions. But if Europe’s “boom” really was a little [...]

Europe’s Further Confirmation(s)

By |2019-08-14T17:08:18-04:00August 14th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The key takeaway from Europe’s economic data dump today isn’t that the whole Continental economy is poised on the verge of recession, though that’s thrust of what’s being written about most. The reason is simple; this is all highly unexpected in the mainstream. Going by official accounts alone, there was never a hint of trouble [...]

Poring Over Poor Singapore’s Far Nastier Number Four

By |2019-07-15T17:32:41-04:00July 15th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

You aren’t going to find the worst economic quarter in Singapore’s modern history in either 2008 or 2009. It was actually posted in 2010. During the third quarter of that year, GDP declined by a whopping 11% annual rate. While that’s the biggest contraction still on record, initial government estimates thought it was closer to [...]

China’s Managed Decline Manages Another Quarter

By |2019-07-15T13:54:18-04:00July 15th, 2019|Markets|

The latest batch of economic from China featured a little something for everyone. For those thinking about a second half rebound, retail sales gained nearly 10% in June. It was the first time near to double digits since March 2018. At the other end of the spectrum, Real GDP rose just 6.2% year-over-year in the [...]

With Rate Cuts Looming, A Necessary Bit of Perspective Before Going Into Them

By |2019-05-23T17:11:20-04:00May 23rd, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

It is sometimes amazing what happens when you add just a little perspective. In some cases, it doesn’t require much at all to do so. One little addendum can upend the entire message, leading you off into entirely different interpretations. The implications can be enormous. To see what I mean, let’s begin with the basics. [...]

Japan’s Surprise Positive Is A Huge Minus

By |2019-05-20T12:45:35-04:00May 20th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Preliminary estimates show that Japanese GDP surprised to the upside by a significant amount. According to Japan’s Cabinet Office, Real GDP expanded by 0.5% (seasonally-adjusted) in the first quarter of 2019 from the last quarter of 2018. That’s an annual rate of +2.1%. Most analysts had been expecting around a 0.2% contraction, which would’ve been [...]

What’s Germany’s GDP Without Factories

By |2019-05-07T11:59:32-04:00May 7th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

It was a startling statement for the time. Mario Draghi had only been on the job as President of the European Central Bank for a few months by then, taking over for the hapless Jean Claude-Trichet who was unceremoniously retired at the end of October 2011 amidst “unexpected” chaos and turmoil. It was Trichet who [...]


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