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Why The German Elections Matter, And Not Just For Germany

September 23, 2017 - 10:35am
Why The German Elections Matter, And Not Just For Germany

With just hours to go before the German election, Angela Merkel looks set to remain Chancellor for a record fourth term. This suggests largely unchanged economic policies, focusing on fiscal prudence and conditional steps towards European integration. However, with new political winds clouding the outlook for globalization, trade relationships and security in Europe, and with lingering questions on the sustainability of the EMU, Germany can ill afford to rest on its laurels, according to SocGen.

Pat Buchanan: "America Has No Divinely-Mandated Mission To Democratize Mankind"

September 23, 2017 - 4:53am

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org,
If a U.S. president calls an adversary “Rocket Man … on a mission to suicide,” and warns his nation may be “totally destroyed,” other ideas in his speech will tend to get lost.
Which is unfortunate.
For buried in Donald Trump’s address is a clarion call to reject transnationalism and to re-embrace a world of sovereign nation-states that cherish their independence and unique identities.

The Impossible Math Of The Federal Reserve

September 23, 2017 - 2:06am
The Impossible Math Of The Federal Reserve

Authored by Steven Vannelli via Knowledge Leaders Capital blog,
Earlier this week, the Federal Reserve officially signaled the beginning of its balance sheet run-off. At this point, that’s old news. But, yesterday, the Fed released the Z.1 Flow of Funds, which adds to the intrigue of the balance sheet run-off. Why?

Global Markets Spooked By North Korea H-Bomb Threat; Focus Turns To Brexit Speech

September 22, 2017 - 9:01pm
Global Markets Spooked By North Korea H-Bomb Threat; Focus Turns To Brexit Speech

S&P futures retreated along with European and Asian shares with tech, and Apple supplier shares leading the drop while safe havens such as gold and the yen rose, as the war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un escalated and North Korea threatened to launch a hydrogen bomb, leading to a prompt return of geopolitical concerns. Trade focus now turns to a planned speech by Theresa May on Brexit (full preview here).

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