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The Longevity Phenomenon: Impact on the World
The longevity phenomenon has given rise to a unique problem. The world’s population is aging rapidly, which could have a negative impact on productivity and growth rates.
Greek Debt Crisis 101: Getting To The Crux Of The Matter
According to estimates by EuroStat, Greek debt stood at more than 315 billion euros at the end of September 2014.
Germany’s Business Climate Is Improving
The Ifo Business Climate Index for Germany improved in February 2017.
Assessing the currency debate surrounding the Scottish referendum
If the Scottish referendum votes yes on September 18, it would mean that Scotland would become independent of the United Kingdom. One key issue that would arise from that would be currency. There are three lines of thought in this regard.
Eurozone Retail Activity Dipped In June, HEDJ Down 2.32%
The Eurozone’s Retail PMI (purchasing managers’ index) dipped to 50.4 in June from the 51.4 recorded in May.
European Markets in the Morning Session on February 5
At 5:05 AM EST on February 5, the DAX Index was trading at 12,728.08—a drop of 0.45%. The iShares MSCI Germany (EWG) fell 2.42% on February 2.
European Markets Are Mixed Early on July 20
At 4:45 AM EST, the FTSE 100 Index was trading at 7,701.14 with a gain of 0.22%. EWU fell 0.43% to $34.49 on Thursday.
Why Scotland wants independence despite the advantages of the UK
The United Kingdom (or UK) has sunk an awfully long way since the 19th century. But it remains the world’s sixth-largest economy and the second-largest in Europe behind Germany.
What Will Become the Biggest Growth Drivers for Apple?
Apple Watch, Apple Pay, Apple TV, and iPad Pro are niche businesses for Apple (AAPL). But these still have the potential to become big in the future.
Does the Rise in Eurozone GDP Indicate a Turning Point?
According to a Eurostat report, Eurozone fourth quarter economic growth for 2016 expanded to 0.5% as compared to the 0.4% improvement in the previous quarter.
Why Germany’s ZEW Economic Sentiment Index Is Improving
Germany’s ZEW economic sentiment index (EWG) was at 12.8 March 2017. In comparison, it stood at 10.4 in February.
Facebook Objects to Startups Using Similar Names
Facebook had to deal with its own infringement case brought against it by a company named Timeline in 2011. The matter was settled out of court, however, and dismissed in 2013.
Why demand for gold may be waning around the world
The fraction of total gold output held by central banks around the world has continued to decrease over the last decade and a sharp reversal in this trend is unlikely.
European Markets Are Weak amid Increased Caution
At 4:45 AM EST today, the FTSE 100 Index was trading at 7,576.18—a gain of 0.12%. EWU gained 0.08% to $36.1 on Monday.
Why Did Amazon Shut Down Its Online Travel Business?
In April, Amazon had launched its new travel and hotel service, called Amazon Destinations.
Why Is the United Kingdom’s Stock Market Buoyant?
The iShares MSCI United Kingdom (EWU) rose 1.1% on Thursday, October 8. On Thursday, 82 stocks rose out of EWU’s 109 constituent stocks.
Economic Indicators Investors Should Watch Next Week
Manufacturing reports are indicative of manufacturing activity, employment in the manufacturing sector, export orders, and production output.
Why Did Manufacturing Activity Slow in the Eurozone?
The manufacturing PMI in the Eurozone (EZU) fell to 52.0 in July 2016 from 52.8 in June. It was slightly above the estimated forecasts of 51.9.
Why Did the Germany ZEW Economic Sentiment Fall?
The Germany ZEW Economic Sentiment Index is at ten in August 2017—compared to 17.5 in July 2017. It didn’t meet the market’s expectation of 15.0.
Why Germany’s Economic Sentiment Index Has Fallen
According to the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), the German ZEW economic sentiment index has fallen to 5.1 in March 2018 from 17.8 in February 2018.
The European Union Is Falling Apart: George Soros
Soros remarked, “the European Union is falling apart,” when he was interviewed by Bloomberg TV on January 22. He also sees an impending collapse in Russia.
Is the Eurozone’s Economic Stress Level Increasing?
In this series, we’ll examine the Eurozone’s economic condition and its accompanying indexes.
Why Facebook Doesn’t Break Out Revenues for Every Country
Facebook and Alphabet (GOOGL), the parent of Google, generate more than 50% of their revenues abroad.
Alibaba to Open Its First Cloud Data Center in India
Amazon plans to spend $5.0 billion to build its business in India.
European Markets Opened Higher amid Improved Global Sentiment
France’s CAC 40 Index quit falling last week and traded in a range of 5,200–5,100. This week, it opened higher amid improved global sentiment.
Germany ZEW Economic Sentiment Has Been Worsening Gradually
The iShares MSCI Germany ETF (EWG), which tracks the performance of the German economy, fell 5.2% in June.
European Markets: Improved Risk Appetite
At 4:40 AM EST, the FTSE 100 Index was trading at 7,756.21 with a gain of 0.71%. EWU gained 0.67% to $36.27 on Friday.
European Markets Are Stable, US-EU Trade Concerns Ease
At 4:45 AM EST, the FTSE 100 Index was trading at 7,658.91 with a gain of 0.01%. EWU rose 0.14% to $35.04 on Wednesday.
How Baidu Could Monetize Self-Driving Technology
Baidu funnels roughly 15.0% of its annual revenues, or about $1.5 billion per year, to research and development.
Amazon Is Expected to Grow Its Market Share 16% in 5 Years
Wall Street is largely bullish on Amazon’s (AMZN) prospects, with the stock being rated a “buy” by 48 analysts, a “hold” by five analysts, and a “sell” by only one analyst.
Geopolitical Factors Are Affecting Germany’s Economic Sentiment
The Germany ZEW Economic Sentiment Index has remained flat so far in May 2018.
German Consumer Confidence: What to Expect in 2017
Consumer confidence in Germany rose more than expected in February 2017, reflecting the recent boost in its market performance
Germany’s DAX Surged as the S&P 500 Fell Today
Germany’s trade balance increased to $20 billion in March compared to $18.7 billion in February.
Why IBM’s Global Business Services Failed to Grow
IBM’s GBS revenue fell by 4.3% to $4.1 billion in fiscal 1Q16. On a constant currency basis, this decline amounted to 2.3%.
Economic Indicators Investors Should Watch for This Week
Economic indicators Key economic indicators investors should watch for this week are: US (SPY) services PMI data UK (EWU) services PMI data Eurozone (IEV) (VGK) services PMI data German (EWG) services PMI data Spanish services PMI data French (EWQ) services PMI data Japanese services PMI data US ADP employment data US non-farm payroll data Wrapping up […]
Apple Watch Has Made Rapid Strides in the Wearables Market
At the June 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Apple released watchOS 2, its software update for Apple Watch.
European Markets Are Stable Early on May 15
At 5:20 AM EST, the FTSE 100 Index is trading at 7,718.10 with a gain of 0.09%. The iShares MSCI United Kingdom (EWU) gained 0.19% to $36.84 on Monday.
European Markets Are Mixed Early on January 11
At 3:45 AM EST on January 11, the DAX Index was trading at 13,275.50—a fall of 0.04%. The iShares MSCI Germany (EWG) fell 0.88% on January 10.
The Possible Ramifications Of A Grexit
The possible ramifications of a Grexit include devaluation and even a complete breakdown of the currency.
Update on Qualcomm’s Patent Lawsuits against Apple
Apple (AAPL) filed a licensing lawsuit against Qualcomm (QCOM).
European Markets Are Mixed Early on February 7
At 4:00 AM EST on February 7, the DAX Index was trading at 12,446.67—a gain of 0.41%. The iShares MSCI Germany (EWG) rose 3.1% on February 6.
What the Germany ZEW Economic Sentiment Index Indicates
The Germany ZEW Economic Sentiment Index was 17.5 in July 2017 compared to 18.6 in June. It didn’t meet the market expectation of 18.0.
Richard Bernstein: Falling Yields Are Testimony to Risk Aversion
Bernstein asked a rhetorical question: “Could there be anything that suggests extreme risk aversion more than the increasing proportion of global sovereign bonds that have negative yields?”
Important Economic Indicators to Watch Next Week
The most important indicators next week are the global flash manufacturing PMIs. Manufacturing PMIs are important indicators for the economy.
The Rise of Factory Automation in China
The rise of factory automation in China (GCH) has been rapid and unprecedented. China is the largest market for robots and automated parts.
August PMI Reports for the Big 4: Italy, France, Spain, Germany
Italy’s August Manufacturing PMI slipped to 53.8 level in August, down from July’s four-year-high of 55.3. The reading was well supported by an increase in new orders at manufacturers.
Germany’s GDP Meets Consensus, EWG Trades Lower
Germany’s economy grew at an annual pace of 2.1% in 4Q15—in line with estimated forecasts and above growth of 1.8% in the previous quarter.
European Markets Rose, Markets Digest Trump’s Speech
The market sentiment was revived by President Trump’s speech to Congress on February 28. President Trump pledged to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure.
Germany Ifo Business Climate Index Sees Continuous Rise
Germany’s Ifo Business Climate Index strengthened to 112.9 in April 2017 compared to 112.4 in March 2017.
What European leaders think is best for the region
The onus lies on European leaders to explain to their people why the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is beneficial and important.
European Markets Are Mixed in the Early Hours on January 9
After rising for nine consecutive trading weeks and reaching record levels, the United Kingdom’s FTSE 100 index is higher in the early hours.
These Key Economic Indicators Were Released Last Week
In this series, we’ll take a look at global manufacturing PMI figures and the US jobs report for September 2016.
Why slow growth and low inflation could mean persistent low rates
A drastic drop in growth rates came after the U.S. technology (XLK) bubble burst in 2000. The U.S. economy hasn’t regained the 7% nominal GDP growth rate since then.
Why are investors becoming bearish for Greek bonds and stocks?
After four years under a rescue program by the IMF, the EU, and ECB, Athens has largely repaired its finances.
Why Scotland’s future is important to the UK and the rest of Europe
The Scottish economy stands firmly on four pillars: financial services, tourism, whisky, and oil. Scotland is one of Europe’s leading financial centers and the second financial hub in the United Kingdom outside of London.
The key arguments of the Yes campaign of the Scottish referendum
The voting result of the Scottish Referendum, due September 18, will have a direct bearing on Scotland, the United Kingdom, and the 28-member European Union as a whole.
Why low inflation in Europe clashes with US monetary policy
Earlier this year, given the growing risk of deflation in Europe, the European Central Bank (or ECB) further eased monetary policy. Included in its actions was a move to push short-term deposit rates into negative territory.
Structural Issues with the EU Could Lead to Further Referendums
Many European countries want the ability to print their own money and come to their own aid instead of going to the ECB (European Central Bank).
Gundlach Looks for Evidence that Negative Rates May Support Markets
With developed markets such as Japan (EWJ) and Europe (FEZ) (VGK) resorting to negative rates, it only makes investing sense to analyze how negative rates stand to affect stock markets.
Why Scotland’s referendum could affect global businesses
Warnings and announcements are being made by major banks—including Lloyds, TSB, and the Royal Bank of Scotland—to move their registered offices and some operations to England in the event of a separation.
Why Oracle Continues to Be the Undisputed Leader of the DBMS Space
The DBMS (database management systems) space grew 8.7% to $35.9 billion and is expected to be a $50-billion market by 2017.
Why Amazon’s Business Prime Service Matters
Amazon (AMZN) recently expanded its corporate-focused e-commerce offerings with the launch of its Amazon Prime version for businesses.
German GDP, China Data, Yield Curve Inversion Spook Markets
German GDP fell in the second quarter, igniting recession fears. Chinese economic data released earlier today also stoked fears of a slowdown.
The US May Delay Auto Tariffs on Europe—Is China Listening?
Today, Bloomberg reported that Trump could postpone tariffs on auto imports by six months. The Trump administration is planning tariffs on auto imports on the basis of an alleged threat to national security.
Markets Spooked as Yield Curve Inverts for First Time since 2007
The Treasury yield curve turned negative on March 22. The ten-year yield fell below the three-month yield for the first time since 2007.
Mario Draghi: Is another ‘Whatever It Takes’ Moment at Hand?
Today, we got another round of dismal data points from Europe (VGK)(EZU). According to a Markit survey, Germany’s (EWG) March PMI Composite Output Index fell to a 69-month low of 51.5.
Weak Eurozone PMI Data Rattle Markets, Gold Gains
On March 22, gold prices have been gaining due to safe-haven bids led by weaker-than-expected economic data from the Eurozone (HEDJ).
Why the FTC’s Lawsuit against Qualcomm Is Important for Investors
This year will be an important one for Qualcomm, as its trial against the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) is set to begin.
Is Consumer Confidence Weakening in the Eurozone?
The Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (VGK) and the iShares Europe ETF (IEV) rose 2.8% and 3%, respectively, in the month through July 24.
European Markets Are Mixed Early on July 31
At 5:00 AM EST, the DAX 30 Index was trading at 12,811.78—a gain of 0.11%. The iShares MSCI Germany (EWG) rose 0.13% on Monday.
European Markets Are Weak Early on July 30
At 4:40 AM EST, the FTSE 100 Index was trading at 7,685.00 with a drop of 0.3%. EWU rose 0.2% to $34.78 on Friday.
European Markets Are Stable on July 27
At 4:35 AM EST, the FTSE 100 Index was trading at 7,681.22 with a gain of 0.24%. EWU fell 0.94% to $34.71 on Thursday.
European Markets Rebounded on July 24
At 4:45 AM EST, the FTSE 100 Index was trading at 7,702.83 with a gain of 0.61%. The iShares MSCI United Kingdom (EWU) fell 0.4% to $34.65 on Monday.
European Markets Are Stable Early on July 17
At 4:35 AM EST, the DAX 30 Index was trading at 12,550.93—a drop of 0.08%. The iShares MSCI Germany (EWG) rose 0.52% on Monday.
European Markets Opened Lower amid US-China Trade Concerns
At 4:45 AM EST, the DAX 30 Index was trading at 12,632.47—a drop of 1.6%. The iShares MSCI Germany (EWG) fell 1.5% on Monday.
Why SAP Acquired Coresystems
On June 5, German-based (EWG) SAP AG (SAP) announced its acquisition of CoreSystems.
European Markets: Decreased Concerns about Italy
At 4:45 AM EST, the FTSE 100 Index was trading at 7,710.99 with a gain of 0.28%. EWU gained 1.6% to $36.16 on Wednesday.
European Markets Are Mixed on May 30
At 4:35 AM EST, the DAX 30 Index was trading at 12,692.53—a gain of 0.21%. The iShares MSCI Germany (EWG) declined 3.1% on Tuesday.
How Did Eurozone Consumer Confidence Trend in May?
According to a report from the European Commission, the Eurozone Consumer Confidence Index stood at 0.2 so far in May as compared to 0.4 in April 2018.
European Markets: Political Uncertainty in Italy and Spain
At 4:30 AM EST, the FTSE 100 Index was trading at 7,640.25 with a drop of 1.2%. The iShares MSCI United Kingdom (EWU) declined 0.9% to $36.21 on Friday.
European Markets Are Mixed, Pullback in Automobile Stocks
At 5:00 AM EST, the DAX 30 Index was trading at 12,997.69—a gain of 0.16%. The iShares MSCI Germany (EWG) declined 1.7% on Wednesday.
European Markets Pulled Back Early on May 23
At 4:40 AM EST, the FTSE 100 Index was trading at 7,835.25 with a drop of 0.54%. EWU gained 0.08% to $37.26 on Tuesday.
European Markets Are Cautious, Italian Yields Rise
At 5:00 AM EST, the FTSE 100 Index was trading at 7,879.24 with a gain of 0.26%. EWU gained 0.79% to $37.23 on Monday.
European Markets Are Strong Due to Improved Risk
At 5:10 AM EST, the FTSE 100 Index was trading at 7,844.92 with a gain of 0.84%. EWU declined 0.38% to $36.94 on Friday.
European Markets Are Stable Early on May 17
At 5:55 AM EST, the FTSE 100 Index is trading at 7,739.31 with a gain of 0.07%. EWU gained 0.35% to $36.88 on Wednesday.
European Markets Are Mixed, More Caution in Global Markets
At 6:15 AM EST, the FTSE 100 Index is trading at 7,725.50 with a gain of 0.03%. EWU declined 0.27% to $36.74 on Tuesday.
European Markets Are Stable Early on May 14
The United Kingdom’s FTSE 100 Index gained for seven consecutive trading weeks—the longest weekly gaining streak in 12 years.
What Are the Implications of Iran Nuclear Deal Exit?
In this series, we’ll analyze how the US exit from the Iran deal has affected markets and how recent developments could affect oil prices and volatility.
European Markets Are Stable on May 10
At 4:55 AM EST on May 10, the DAX 30 Index was trading at 13,029.02—a gain of 0.66%. The iShares MSCI Germany (EWG) gained 0.12% on May 9.
A Look at the Eurozone Consumer Confidence Index in April
According to a report from the European Commission, the Eurozone Consumer Confidence Index stood at 0.4 so far in April as compared to 0.1 in March 2018.
European Markets Are Strong in the Morning Session on April 30
At 4:40 AM EST today, the FTSE 100 Index was trading at 7,518.00—a gain of 0.21%. EWU declined 0.08% to $36.34 on Friday.
Why the European Central Bank Is Optimistic about Growth
At its April 26 meeting, the ECB’s (European Central Bank) governing council sounded optimistic about the European Union’s growth momentum.
European Markets Are Strong Early on April 27
At 4:55 AM EST today, the FTSE 100 Index was trading at 7,455.46—a gain of 0.45%. EWU rose 0.78% to $36.37 on Thursday.
European Markets Are Stable on April 26
At 5:50 AM EST today, the FTSE 100 Index was trading at 7,391.11—a gain of 0.16%. EWU declined 0.25% to $36.09 on Wednesday.
European Markets Are Stable Early on April 24
The FTSE 100 Index opened higher on April 24 and traded at elevated levels in the morning session.
European Markets Are Stable, Weak Pound Supports FTSE 100 Index
At 4:30 AM EST today, the FTSE 100 Index was trading at 7,355.75—a gain of 0.37%. EWU declined 0.38% to $36.37 on Thursday.
European Markets Are Stable Early on April 13
At 5:25 AM EST on Friday, the CAC 40 Index was trading at 5,322.22—a gain of 0.24%. The iShares MSCI France (EWQ) gained 0.47% on April 12.
German Ifo Business Climate Index Signals Weakness Ahead
According to the Ifo Institute for Economic Research, the German Ifo business climate index is currently at 114.7, compared with 115.4 in February 2018.
Eurozone Consumer Confidence Weakens
According to the European Commission, the Eurozone consumer confidence index has remained at 0.1 in March 2018, unchanged from February 2018.
Why BlackBerry Filed a Lawsuit against Facebook
On March 6, BlackBerry (BB) sued Facebook (FB) on allegations that Facebook has infringed on seven technology patents.