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Is the Fed Going to Ease Policy Later in January?

January 03, 2012
The minutes from the December FOMC meeting reveal how the Federal Reserve is going to change the content of its communication to give greater guidance to the market.  As Marshal McLuhan recognized, the medium is the message and in the current context, the change in the FOMC's communication may be tantamount to an easing of the policy stance.  
Is the Fed Going to Ease Policy Later in January? Is the Fed Going to Ease Policy Later in January? Reviewed by Marc Chandler on January 03, 2012 Rating: 5
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2011 Superlatives

January 03, 2012
Now that we are a few days into the New Year and everyone has presumably sobered up I thought it would be a good time to reflect on 2011 for Marc to Market.

Most Dead Wrong:Be Prepared to Buy into Potential Dollar Decline

Best Timing:Look to Fade Relief Rally

Most Popular:Japan and China, Small Beer
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Great Graphic: Potential of Solar Energy in the United States

January 03, 2012
This interactive graphic from the US Department of Energy shows the Solar energy potential in different areas of the country. Even in the most overcast regions of the country (aka Twilight territory) 100,000 square feet of solar panels (that's about one baseball field) can power over 850 homes. In most areas of the country it's well over 1…
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Ten Observations About Q3 COFER Data: Updated and Corrected

January 01, 2012
At the end of the quarter, the IMF reports the currency composition of official foreign exchange reserves (COFER) data for the proceeding quarter.  On December 30th, the IMF reported Q3 figures.   Here are the ten take-aways.
1.  The pace of reserve accumulation slowed in Q3, rising 0.9% or $95 bln from Q2, when officials reserves rose 3.9% or $380…
Ten Observations About Q3 COFER Data: Updated and Corrected Ten Observations About Q3 COFER Data: Updated and Corrected Reviewed by Marc Chandler on January 01, 2012 Rating: 5
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A Quiet Putsch in Hungary?

January 01, 2012
A putsch, as any dictionary will tell you, refers to the violent overthrow of a government.  Hungary has not been subject to that kind of action per se, but rather a more insidious grab for power.  Its new constitution goes into effect today, and while perfectly legal, marks the end of Hungary's flirtation with liberalism (meant in the classic…
A Quiet Putsch in Hungary? A Quiet Putsch in Hungary? Reviewed by Marc Chandler on January 01, 2012 Rating: 5
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