News That Matters Next Week

US The uncertainty about when the Fed will begin tapering its programme of asset purchases has increased volatility, both pushing and pulling on global financial markets. “at this juncture, the markets are more concerned about tapering than about weak [US and global] growth,” says MIG Bank’s Chief Economist, Luciano Jannelli. And Kit Juckes, an economist…

Tough Times for Bloomberg Terminal

Bloomberg L.P. looks like it’s going to come a cropper and suffer from the decision taken by nine Wall Street firms to find an alternative to its chat-messaging network, the Bloomberg Terminal. The terminal allows real-time analysis of data from the markets and allows access to an electronic trading platform.  Up until now, Bloomberg has…

Rainy-Day Economics…

Margaret Thatcher might have been the perfect housewife that got Britain off to a good start or at least that’s what she would have liked us all to have believed when she was in power. The prefect Grantham housewife, so simple: never spend more than you earn, the defender of good management of budgetary finances.…

China Fakes Trade Surplus

Latest research figures carried out by the Bank of America Corp. are set to rock the economies around the world once again. Has China been hiding the real state of its economic data? It would seem that the PRC hasn’t been quite as honest as it might have us all believe! According to the Bank…

Goodbye Inflation, Hello Better Times

The Office for National Statistics in the UK has just released new figures showing a drop in price pressure that turns out to be better than expected. To all intents and purposes, this means that the gap is closing between price increases and wage rises. The hike in prices that we have been enduring for…

Bernanke's Testimony to Congress and FOMC Minutes Preview

THE IMPORTANCE OF BERNANKE’S TESTIMONY Fed chairman Ben Bernanke’s testimony to Congress will be important in setting the tone for the markets (particularly the dollar, equities and US treasuries), as traders hunt for clues on when the Fed is likely to ease its rate of asset purchases. The greenback surged last week, with the dollar…

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