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France and Germany diverging: EU economic problems continue

Whenever I want to hastily evaluate how Europe is doing economically, I take a macro look at the French and German economies. The famous « couple Franco-Allemand ». Germany and France, are Europe’s locomotive, political scientists like to say. They pull the … Continue reading

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Work Like a German (By Glenn Hutchins, NYT)

Work Like a German (By Glenn Hutchins, NYT) A great read on the German labor market and model. I found this op-ed very interesting in its approach. It focuses on shifting the debate to certain categories of the workforce that … Continue reading

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More US recovery illusions: GDP misses target, markets cheer.

Last Friday’s report was released, and as I predicted, a lot of blame for the sluggish figures fell on the weather. Despite a strong February on the markets, indices soaring to new highs, economic fundamentals are not responding to the … Continue reading

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It’s not the weather’s fault: Friday’s US GDP report

Nearly every news diffused in the financial community is analysed, broken down, analysed again, till a consensus around its significance is reached. The consensus usually tells you if the news is good or bad. You don’t need to know why, … Continue reading

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Soros doubles a bearish bet on the S&P 500, to the tune of $1.3 billion

Soros doubles a bearish bet on the S&P 500, to the tune of $1.3 billion Ok. Soros is shorting the S&P 500 Within Friday’s 13F filings news was the revelation that the firm, founded by legendary investor George Soros, increased … Continue reading

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US Job Market: The Optimist Narrative vs. Reality

A lot in economics depends on forecasting and number-crunching. When a certain positive interpretation of macro figures such as GDP forecasts, unemployment numbers, or interest rate future variations, becomes the only existing media narrative out there, one might conclude that … Continue reading

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Critical year for the E.U: Bond problems ahead?

If you’re following loosely European economics and politics, you might be mistaken into thinking the crisis is over, Spain and Ireland are nearly out of the recession, Greece is showing better than expected figures, at least according to its prime … Continue reading

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Delusional Economy

Great video by Peter Schiff, on the recent stock market rallies and the disconnection with real economics.

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Scary 1929 market chart gains traction

Scary 1929 market chart gains traction As the author puts it You may still be inclined to dismiss this. But there were many more were laughing last November when this scary chart began circulating. Not as many are laughing now. … Continue reading

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Market economy praised by German president; a tribute to the Freiburg school

Great post from Alberto Mingardi on Econlib, commenting on a recent speech by German president Joachim Gauck in which he defends the market economy and pays tribute to the Freiburg school of economic thought, or the Ordo-liberals. An interesting and … Continue reading

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