Markets since Tohoku: consumer sentiment rules

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During and since the massive Tohoku earthquake that hit Japan on March 11, global financial markets have been characterized by a high degree of volatility. I thought it would be worthwhile to compare how the different markets reacted and what trends I could pick up. Click through … […]






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Case-Shiller Home Price Indices close to 2009 low

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The latest Case-Shiller Home Price Indices have just been released and don’t paint a particularly rosy picture. The seasonally-adjusted 20-City Composite Index fell by 0.2% in February, the eighth consecutive monthly decline, taking it close to the low seen in April 2009 and raising the prospect of a double-dip housing recession. […]






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Chinese stocks signal warning lights

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Chinese stocks fell this morning for the fourth consecutive day on worries about the outlook for corporate earnings growth. The Shanghai B Index in US Dollar plunged 5.4% in today’s trading session … […]






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“QE3 would be a very bad idea,” says El-Erian

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Mohamed El-Erian, Pimco CEO & co-CIO, explains how the Fed decided on QE2. “QE has helped the crisis around the world,” he says. But he also adds, that “QE3 would be a very bad idea”. […]






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Africa – opportunities in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya

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“Those who are optimistic about Africa say that after many years of colonialism, it is beginning to demonstrate its potential. The continent does have its detractors, who say that while it may have been free of colonial rule for 60 years, the continent continues to battle poverty, corruption, AIDS and armed conflict. However, while Africa does have challenges, I am encouraged by another side of Africa that is gradually emerging with the development of capital markets, consumerism and technology,” said Mark Mobius in this guest post. […]






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Rogers: Water problem big challenge facing China

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“If they [China] do not solve the water problem there is no China story,” said commodities guru Jim Rogers in an interview with South China Morning Post. […]






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