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Observations About the Investment Climate

March 11, 2013
After putting in another good week, the US dollar is consolidating its recent gains amid quiet and largely uneventful trading that has kept in fairly narrow trading ranges.

Following Fitch's downgrade of Italy before the weekend, Italian bonds are under a bit a pressure, in a bearish flattening pattern--where yields are rising 3-7 bp across t…
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Italy: The Dragon and the Cricket

March 10, 2013
The difficulty in making sense of the results of the Italian election has produced the common imagery of a clown to capture the comic Grillo, who appears to be the most unlikely politician since Lech Walesa, the unemployed electrician that led Solidarity in Poland, helping to bring the fatal crisis upon the Soviet Union, and the general disdain fo…
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Currency Positioning and Technical Outlook: Dollar Frustrates QE Bears

March 09, 2013
The US dollar rose to new multi-month highs against several of the major currencies, including the euro, Swiss franc, British pound and the Japanese yen.  The BOJ, BOE and ECB meet last week and none changed policy.  The Swiss National Bank meets on March 14 and is also unlikely to change policy.  The Federal Reserve meets the following week and i…
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Great Graphic: US-Canadian Unit Labor Costs

March 08, 2013
Unit labor costs integrate wages, benefits and productivity into a single measure and is a useful indicator of international competitiveness. This Great Graphic was on Sober Look.

It shows the evolution of Canada and the US unit labor costs.  One can see the dramatic loss of competitiveness of the Canadian economy is stark and unprecedented.

This…
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Unequivocally Strong North American Jobs Data

March 08, 2013
The US jobs data was consistent with the recent string of data clearly showing a surprising resilience to the anticipation and tightening of fiscal policy. The strength of the Feb report means the back month modest downward revision is largely irrelevant. 
Non-farm payrolls jumped 236k in February, well above expectations. Hourly earnings rose 0.…
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