Picture du Jour: Keep a close eye on lending standards

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The Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey is due to be published on August 17 and could show a strong decline in lending standards, at least if the example of European banks is anything to go by. The Survey is keenly awaited and should provide quite a few answers regarding the return of the financial system to more “normal” levels. […]






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S&P economic sectors tell bullish tale

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The performance of the economic sectors of the S&P 500 Index makes for interesting reading and displays the relative pattern one would typically expect during a bullish phase. […]






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Bill King: The folly of government statistics

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“Most of the Street heralded the 1% decline in Q2 GDP because it was 0.5% better than consensus – even though the US government admitted in the release that its GDP estimates over the past several years were consistently wrong! So why should the latest report be any more accurate?” asks Bill King in this guest contribution. […]






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Inflation pointer for interest rate outlook

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By Cees Bruggemans

A month ago, with CPI inflation at 8% and with a CPI forecast of 5% for 2010, and noting a large output gap (economy in recession now and only slowly recovering next year), the SARB was willing to go on hold with interest rate easing, bearing in mind the […]

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Gold in Sacks

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A picture paints a thousand words … […]






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