News and Trends

April 1, 2015

Private sector created only 189,000 jobs in March: ADP 0 CNBC--4.1.15
Private business job growth decelerated in March as an economic slowdown, among other things, put a dent in activity. Most of the new positions came from the service sector.

It's Official: Fed Sees 0.0% GDP Growth In The First Quarter - Zero Hedge--4.1.15
The Atlanta's Fed GDPNow model forecast for real GDP growth in the first quarter of 2015 has been downgraded once again, this time to 0.0% growth, down from 2.3% on Feb 13th.

$100 Trillion Global Bond Bubble Poses “Systemic Risk” To Financial System - Zero Hedge--3.31.15
The Financial Times have warned about the growing global "bond bubble" and potential sever problems in the bond markets if the Fed raises interest rates in June.

CIA Advisor: Chinese Plot to Replace U.S. Dollar - Money Morning--3.31.15
China has made another move in an effort to attack the U.S. dollar. In the latest IMF meeting, China proposed making the Yuan a global reserve currency.

US economy stalled in first quarter: Economists - CNBC--3.30.15
The U.S. economy stalled in the first quarter of 2015 on weaker-than-expected consumer spending. Experts are blaming the weak numbers on bad weather.

Australia To Start Taxing Bank Deposits - Zero Hedge--3.29.15
According to Australia's ABC News, the Federal Government is set on taxing bank deposits. This deposit tax will likely be passed on to bank customers. <

US Hegemony, Dollar Dominance Are Officially Dead As China Scores Overwhelming Victory In Bank Battle - Zero Hedge--3.25.15
AIIB, the China-led development bank, marks the shift away from traditionally US-dominated multinational institutions. It also represents an implicit attempt by the Chinese to solidify their regional and international ambitions.

US Hegemony, Dollar Dominance Are Officially Dead As China Scores Overwhelming Victory In Bank Battle - Zero Hedge--3.25.15
AIIB, the China-led development bank, has marked a shift away from US-dominated multinational institutions like the IMF and ADB.

Nothing durable about this goods report: U.S. business investment falls 6th straight month - Market Watch--3.25.15
Orders for durable goods fell 1.4% in February to make the third decline in four months. Businesses started cutting investment at the end of summer.

Bullard: Worried about ‘violent’ reaction to Fed rate hike - Market Watch--3.24.15
St. Louis Fed President James Bullard has growing concerns about the mismatch between the market's and central bank's expectations for the first interest-rate increase. Bullard fears this could end with a "violent" reaction in the financial market.

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