• Upbeat cyclical trends are juxtaposed to underlying financial fragility

    This post is on the same topic of the US economy that I addressed yesterday. But I want to go a bit deeper and add more colour to my comments. Signs that the US economy’s cyclical outlook are improving are getting ever more numerous, especially when we look at the labor market. Jobs numbers In the US, jobless claims came […]

    Upbeat cyclical trends are juxtaposed to underlying financial fragility
  • US GDP numbers and Russian sanctions scenarios

    The bottom line here is that I have been and still am bullish on the cyclical prospects in the US, UK and Spain in particular. The US jobless claims numbers are unusually low and that tells you that slack in the labour market is declining. Moreover, we are likely to see inventory builds here, adding to more momentum. Nonetheless, I do have two caveats for the US.

    US GDP numbers and Russian sanctions scenarios
  • Europe: A plan to boost economy by cutting taxes

    By Andrea Terzi originally published at Social Europe and republished with consent of Author The anti-austerity vote in the European elections reflected two different kinds of discontent. One is a feeling of frustration, which is invigorating nationalism: the vote for “less Europe.” The other is a lack of confidence in current EU policies: the vote for “another Europe.” In both […]

    Europe: A plan to boost economy by cutting taxes
  • On Ukraine, the Indian mobile space and Abenomics

    Russia is signalling de-escalation in Ukraine, at least on economics
    The mobile battle is moving to India
    The limited window on Abenomics is closing

    On Ukraine, the Indian mobile space and Abenomics
  • Economic and market themes: 2014-07-25 Ukraine, China, Japan, technology overvaluation

    Ukraine is at risk of becoming a failed state
    China’s growth is due to stimulus
    Japan’s macro figures worsen
    Microsoft’s strategy is weak
    Facebook is overvalued

    Economic and market themes: 2014-07-25 Ukraine, China, Japan, technology overvaluation
  • QE is fiscal policy

    By Frances Coppola A new paper by Johnston and Pugh of the legal department of the University of Sheffield discusses the legality and the effectiveness of QE and its relatives, including the ECB’s OMT “whatever it takes” promise. The background to this is the German Constitutional Court’s ruling that OMT amounts to monetary financing of government deficits and is therefore […]

    QE is fiscal policy
  • The EU weighs level three sanctions on Russia just as the European economy improves

    This is a long-form post on Ukraine. The big news, however, is from the European Union where the PMIs and a slew of other economic data came out today. The data showed the European economy improving broadly from its weakened recovery status. This will give the ECB room to take a wait and see approach. At the same time, the EU foreign ministers met yesterday and, according to reports are ready to impose heavier sanctions on Russia in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine. There’s a lot data to digest here so let me start off with the EU – Ukraine – Russia narrative.

    The EU weighs level three sanctions on Russia just as the European economy improves
  • Apple’s shift into China shows the company’s masterful execution

    Apple’s Q3 2014 earnings report yesterday was a mixed bag in terms of actual results. But from my perspective the results show a company that continues to execute its strategy well given the onslaught from cheaper handsets using the Android operating system. Apple posted a smaller-than-expected 6% gain in quarterly revenue due to sluggish growth in saturated markets in Europe and North America. But revenue in China surged 28% despite Apple’s premium pricing. Apple’s growth days are over in developed markets. But I have been upbeat about Apple’s results because of the China strategy and this report shows that Apple’s growth has some momentum, mainly because of that market. Some figures and comments below.

    Apple’s shift into China shows the company’s masterful execution
  • Ukraine, US subprime and the erosion of US financial hegemony

    Ukraine will have global impact
    More sanctions are coming but will be somewhat limited
    The global financial system is moving away from the US
    US auto subprime is going to blow up

    Ukraine, US subprime and the erosion of US financial hegemony
  • The political economy of the military conflict in Ukraine

    The geopolitical situation regarding the conflict in Ukraine has escalated considerably due to the downing of a passenger jet from the Netherlands to Malaysia. Given the visceral and gruesome nature of the events now unfolding, domestic political opinion throughout the West is now a major force in this conflict. However, given the political economy in Russia and the United States in particular, the potential for de-escalation is small. The potential for the conflict to now have wide-reaching economic impacts has grown. In the analysis below I explain how the political economy in the U.S. favours President Obama taking an increasingly hawkish position and how the political economy in Russia favours President Putin also maintaining an aggressive stance regarding Ukraine. In addition, the airline massacre also means that the EU will be galvanized into supporting tougher sanctions against Russia, with the potential of a tit-for-tat response.

    The political economy of the military conflict in Ukraine

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Upbeat cyclical trends are juxtaposed to underlying financial fragility

Upbeat cyclical trends are juxtaposed to underlying financial fragility

31 July 2014 at 10:53

This post is on the same topic of the US economy that I addressed yesterday. But I want to go a bit deeper and add more colour to my comments. Signs that the US economy’s...

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On Ukraine, the Indian mobile space and Abenomics

On Ukraine, the Indian mobile space and Abenomics

28 July 2014 at 09:29

There a decent number of different threads running this morning. So I’ve decided to go with a multi-themed post this Monday instead of the usual mono-themed one. Russia...

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Upbeat cyclical trends are juxtaposed to underlying financial fragility

Upbeat cyclical trends are juxtaposed to underlying financial fragility

This post is on the same topic of the US economy that I addressed yesterday. But I want to go a bit deeper and add more colour to my comments. Signs that the US economy’s cyclical outlook are improving are getting ever more numerous, especially when we look at the labor market. Jobs numbers In the US, jobless claims came […]

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Links: 2014-07-31

Links: 2014-07-31

FYI: After the tech links, there is at least one link in this lot that I do not endorse but do think is required reading. Android crypto blunder exposes users to highly privileged malware | Ars Technica Tor received $1.8 million in US federal funds last year, while the NSA tried to crack it | The Verge Twitter’s Big Second […]

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US GDP numbers and Russian sanctions scenarios

US GDP numbers and Russian sanctions scenarios

The bottom line here is that I have been and still am bullish on the cyclical prospects in the US, UK and Spain in particular. The US jobless claims numbers are unusually low and that tells you that slack in the labour market is declining. Moreover, we are likely to see inventory builds here, adding to more momentum. Nonetheless, I do have two caveats for the US.

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Europe: A plan to boost economy by cutting taxes

Europe: A plan to boost economy by cutting taxes

By Andrea Terzi originally published at Social Europe and republished with consent of Author The anti-austerity vote in the European elections reflected two different kinds of discontent. One is a feeling of frustration, which is invigorating nationalism: the vote for “less Europe.” The other is a lack of confidence in current EU policies: the vote for “another Europe.” In both […]

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Links: 2014-07-29

Links: 2014-07-29

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On Ukraine, the Indian mobile space and Abenomics

On Ukraine, the Indian mobile space and Abenomics

Russia is signalling de-escalation in Ukraine, at least on economics
The mobile battle is moving to India
The limited window on Abenomics is closing

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Links: 2014-07-28

Links: 2014-07-28

News links for 28 Jul 2014

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Economic and market themes: 2014-07-25 Ukraine, China, Japan, technology overvaluation

Economic and market themes: 2014-07-25 Ukraine, China, Japan, technology overvaluation

Ukraine is at risk of becoming a failed state
China’s growth is due to stimulus
Japan’s macro figures worsen
Microsoft’s strategy is weak
Facebook is overvalued

Read more ›
Links: 2014-07-25

Links: 2014-07-25

News links for 25 Jul 2014

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QE is fiscal policy

QE is fiscal policy

By Frances Coppola A new paper by Johnston and Pugh of the legal department of the University of Sheffield discusses the legality and the effectiveness of QE and its relatives, including the ECB’s OMT “whatever it takes” promise. The background to this is the German Constitutional Court’s ruling that OMT amounts to monetary financing of government deficits and is therefore […]

Read more ›
The EU weighs level three sanctions on Russia just as the European economy improves

The EU weighs level three sanctions on Russia just as the European economy improves

This is a long-form post on Ukraine. The big news, however, is from the European Union where the PMIs and a slew of other economic data came out today. The data showed the European economy improving broadly from its weakened recovery status. This will give the ECB room to take a wait and see approach. At the same time, the EU foreign ministers met yesterday and, according to reports are ready to impose heavier sanctions on Russia in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine. There’s a lot data to digest here so let me start off with the EU – Ukraine – Russia narrative.

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