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Berkshire Hathaway Finds Cheaper Borrowing Costs in Europe

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK-A) has made some interesting news this week. The conglomerate under Warren Buffett has successfully borrowed over $3 billion in new note and bond offerings. What ...
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5 Dividend Stocks to Buy as European Index Crushes S&P 500

After years of underperformance, the STOXX Europe 600 is mauling the S&P 500 this year, and it is a trend that could continue for a while. The large European index ...
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In Spain and Greece, 25% of Adults Still Unemployed

The unemployment rate in the euro area continues to drop. In January the figure fell to 11.2% from 11.3% in December. Eurostat made that improvement the headline of its release ...
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Janet Yellen Testimony Verdict: Very Patient on Rate Hike Timing and Degree

Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve, is delivering more good news to the financial markets in her Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress before the Senate's Committee on ...
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BMW Shares Pound US Companies

Shares of BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke) have risen almost 33% in the past 12 months. U.S. automakers’ stocks, by comparison, have added less than 10% to their share prices. The ...
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BP Energy Outlook Shows Renewables Rising, Coal Falling

While the world’s population and wealth grow over the next 20 years, so too does demand for energy. As we might expect, most of the growth comes in emerging economies. ...
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Strong Dollar, Greek Woes Boost Hedged Equity Funds

As the dollar keeps getting stronger, investors wanting to diversify into international equities are finding a refuge in hedged equity exchange traded funds (ETFs), which offer exposure to foreign stocks ...
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The World Is $199 Trillion in Debt, and Growing

The world’s economies may have improved since the financial crisis, but now more than ever, the world is drowning in higher and higher debt. A new report from the McKinsey ...
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Can You Trust the New Higher Growth Forecasts in Europe?

What does a massive round of quantitative easing in Europe, an environment of deflationary pressures and a testing of negative interest rates tell you? It spells an economy in trouble. ...
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Spain

Hope for Turnaround in Europe

Research firm Markit announced that the eurozone Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) reached 52.6 for January, better than forecast and better than the preliminary flash figure of 52.2. The new figure offered ...
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Lies and Deception in Ukraine’s Energy Sector

By Robert Bensh for Oilprice.com The Ukrainian government has repeatedly claimed it is doing its best to improve the oil and gas investment climate, but official statements are the opposite ...
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Oil Prices Changing the Face of Global Geopolitics

By Andrew Topf for Oilprice.com In a documentary that aired recently on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's popular The Fifth Estate program, an allegory of Vladimir Putin was presented. The wily ...
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Moody’s Cuts Russia Toward Junk

One more downgrade, and Russia's government bond rating will be junk. The trend is moving rapidly in that direction, as Moody's lowered its rating one slot to Baa3. The credit agent's ...
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Leucadia Rescues FXCM — for a Price

Leucadia National Corp. (NYSE: LUK) has bailed out battered foreign exchange broker FXCM Inc. (NYSE: FXCM) with a $300 million cash investment in exchange for $250 million two-year secured notes ...
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Bad News and Good News on Greek Exit

The January 25 elections in Greece are raising concerns that if the current leader in the political polls wins the election, the country may threaten to leave the euro monetary ...
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