August 2, 2014

Jackson Hole Will Signal Hawkish Tone for Financial Markets

By EconMatters  




Jackson Hole Agenda

The annual Jackson Hole economic symposium, a three-day conference in Wyoming begins on Aug. 21 with the official topic of “Re-evaluating Labor Market Dynamics.” Sure, there will be debates from the Bullard camp who views that there isn`t near as much labor slack in the economy versus  the Yellen camp who believes that the long-term unemployed will eventually come back to the economy once the job market tightens further. There will be interesting thoughts regarding the structural changes in the economy and how this effects full employment, and the mismatch between job requirements and candidate skillsets. There will be talk about wage inflation in the context of the largest addition of jobs since 1997 to the economy where even a bad employment number these days lands over the 200k a month level.

August 1, 2014

Charting the Europe-Russia Connections


The conflict in Ukraine and the related imposition of sanctions against Russia signal an escalation of geopolitical tensions that is already being felt in the Russian financial markets (Chart 1). A deterioration in the conflict, with or even without a further escalation of sanctions and counter-sanctions, could have a substantial adverse impact on the Russian economy through direct and indirect (confidence) channels.

This is The Era of Financial Insanity

By Michael Lombardi, MBA for Profit Confidential

My colleague Robert Appel (BA, BBL, LLB) issued a research paper to the subscribers of one of his financial advisories earlier this week. I thought it important that all my readers be aware of and understand the crux of what Robert is saying about our current economic situation and where it will eventually lead.

July 31, 2014

How America's Middle Class Is 20% Poorer Than 30 Years ago

By Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog via Zero Hedge 

Like so many other things in popular American culture, this quaint notion of a “middle class” in the U.S. is at this point nothing more than a myth; a rapidly fading fantasy from a bygone era. As myself and many others have noted for quite some time, the decimation of the middle class began long ago. It really got started in the early 1970?s after Nixon defaulted on the gold standard and financialization began to take over the American economy. Median real wages haven’t increased since that time and the rest is history.

Natural Gas: When The Herd Is Selling

By Karim Rahemtulla for Wall Street Daily
It doesn’t matter what’s going on in the global markets. Like a lion stalking its prey, our commodities coverage keeps circling back to the natural gas sector.
For several reasons…