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  1. Brazil: Macro Headwinds Are Strengthening, and Buffeting Corporate Bonds


    Wed, 25 Mar 2015

    welcome step, we believe the broader issues are not being addressed. Unemployment programs encourage an artificial unemployment rate of 5.1%, labor mobility remains rigid, and government payroll and social security benefits remain outsized

  2. Bad Winter and the GDP


    Tue, 24 Mar 2015

    the winter weather. The February employment report showed 295,000 jobs added, atop January’s 239,000. The unemployment rate dipped to 5.5% from 5.7%. Large company capital expenditures, which drives economic growth and jobs, finally

  3. From Barron’s, March 23, 2015 (Part 2)


    Sat, 21 Mar 2015

    dual-mandate [jobs, inflation] of the Federal Reserve . After trillions of dollars of stimulus , it got 5.5% unemployment rate and under 1% inflation. The fed fund rate may be 3-4% now if these were normal times. But now the Fed has announced

  4. Bull Market: One More Year


    Fri, 20 Mar 2015

    is never a good sign. But look at that boffo February employment number , showing a gain of 295,000 jobs and an unemployment rate lowered to 5.5%, from 5.7%. January’s gains, which last month’s eclipsed, prompted this Wall Street Journal

  5. How Germany Can Make or Break the Euro


    Thu, 19 Mar 2015

    lowest level since reunification in 1990, according to Reuters. The latest OECD figures for 2015 show the German unemployment rate at 4.7% compared to the eurozone average of 11.2%. Meanwhile, Greece is struggling with 26% unemployment

  6. JAForlines: Markets in Motion™


    Wed, 18 Mar 2015

    and capital spending have been notably weak in 2015. These points stand in contrast to employment data—the U3 unemployment rate now stands at 5.5%, which is the upper limit of the FOMC’s long-run projection of full employment of

  7. Growth vs. Public Opinion


    Wed, 18 Mar 2015

    with rising unemployment.” Do you favor a higher unemployment rate ? More than half of the respondents said the government ..... important factor that contributed to reducing the unemployment rate has been the end of extended unemployment benefits

  8. Greece: Hopeless Case


    Tue, 17 Mar 2015

    happens when the public sector trumps the private sector. Spending is out of control, corruption is rampant and the unemployment rate is an astronomical 25.8%. Last year, Greece’s gross domestic product shrank by 3.9% and its five-year

  9. From Barron’s, March 16, 2015 (Part 2)


    Sat, 14 Mar 2015

    that %job_openings [currently 3.4% and rising] is just a mirror image of the unemployment rate [current 5.5% and falling]. The unemployment rate may fall below 5% by this Summer. That is the good news. But the bad news is that

  10. UPDATE 1-CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures slip further after unemployment data


    Fri, 13 Mar 2015

    March 13 (Reuters) - Stock futures for Canada's main stock index declined further on Friday, following data that unemployment rate rose higher-than-expected in February.

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