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IMF Calls for More Greek Debt Restructuring

Greece is back in the news. The good news about Greece is that they are not back in the news on the verge of an impending default, nor is Greece ...
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How ETFs and Investors Are Driving Gold Demand Over Central Banks

It is no secret that gold has seen a massive rally in 2016. The World Gold Council showed that the world's gold demand rose a sharp 21% to 1,290 tonnes in ...
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Analysts More Cautious on European Banks With Downgrades

Most U.S. investors tend to focus on U.S. equities and issues. The larger picture in the financial sector and in the financial markets requires a full global view. Investors have ...
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Will Japan Follow the ECB With Another Rate Cut?

Thursday's big news was a rate cut and additional quantitative easing from the European Central Bank. Some of that initial surge has already been erased, but the real question is ...
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Negative Yields in Japan Driving U.S. Bond Strength Ahead of Draghi

Japanese bond yields have managed to hit a new low. This happened on a day where stocks were selling off after three weeks of gains, so it seems to have ...
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As European Bank ADSs Tank, What About Their Dividends?

Thursday was a day dominated by European bank weakness based on balance sheet concerns and profitability concerns. After all, negative interest rates on deposits with the European Central Bank can ...
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Mario Draghi and ECB to the Rescue, Again, Maybe

Monday may be getting a bit of fresh air from the discussions by the European Central Bank (ECB) at the European Parliament plenary debate, which was over the ECB Annual ...
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Draghi and ECB to the Rescue, With More Hints of Easing Ahead

The stock market has been hostage to many international pressures in 2016, seeing some $2.2 trillion or so wiped out in just over the first two weeks of this year. ...
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Rekindled Interest in Currency Hedged Equity ETFs

The world of wildly fluctuating currencies and the wave of global quantitative easing, many U.S. investors wanting international exposure have decided to turn to hedged equity market exchange traded funds ...
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Europe’s Market Gift, With Hints of More Quantitative Easing

If there is one thing that central bankers and politicians have proven over and over since the Great Recession, it is that they will do almost whatever they can get ...
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Why Deutsche Bank’s Massive Charges Could Crush Its Dividend

If you thought that auto losses out of Germany were going to be bad enough for the German and European markets and economies from Volkswagen, now you get to ponder ...
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Fitch Lowers Global Growth Estimates Due to Emerging Markets

Whether you are seeing projections from the Federal Reserve, the International Monetary Fund, Goldman Sachs or any other place that issues research and makes global growth projections, the trend for ...
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European Home Prices Recovering: ECB

The European Central Bank (ECB) published an article Tuesday morning on the state of housing prices in the eurozone. The recovery has not been particularly robust so far, but housing ...
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Euro Area Leading Indicators Ticked Up in July Too

The Conference Board has released its Leading Economic Index for the euro area in July. Despite all the fears and woes that were taking place then, the euro area's leading ...
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The 10 Nations That Own the Most Gold

While gold may no longer have the luster that it had in recent years, each major nation is a large owner of gold. Most currencies are now fiat currencies, meaning ...
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