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Busy Week Ahead, but ECB Meeting Stands Out

August 31, 2014
The week ahead is packed with events and data. The monthly cycle of purchasing managers surveys  and the US jobs report are featured. There are also central bank meetings in six high-income countries and three emerging markets.   Given the recent geopolitical development, in Ukraine, as well ISIS, will give the NATO meeting extra significance.  
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Busy Week Ahead, but ECB Meeting Stands Out Busy Week Ahead, but ECB Meeting Stands Out Reviewed by Marc Chandler on August 31, 2014 Rating: 5
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A Few Brief Comments on the Technical Condition of the Dollar

August 30, 2014
Driven by the real and anticipated divergence in economic performance and trajectory of monetary policy, the long anticipated US dollar recovery has begun. As is evident in the positioning of the futures market, and confirmed by anecdotal evidence, speculative participants have amassed a significant large US dollar position.    Broader measures of…
A Few Brief Comments on the Technical Condition of the Dollar A Few Brief Comments on the Technical Condition of the Dollar Reviewed by Marc Chandler on August 30, 2014 Rating: 5
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Cool Video: Why Do We Cook?

August 30, 2014
This Cool Video discusses the uniquely human activity of cooking/preparing food.  It comes from the PBS series It is Okay to Be Smart.   It is about six minutes long, but covers complex biological and social ideas in an entertaining way.  There is something else here too besides the interesting content.  The video  has something to say about causa…
Cool Video: Why Do We Cook? Cool Video:  Why Do We Cook? Reviewed by Marc Chandler on August 30, 2014 Rating: 5
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Great Graphic: The Euro and Commodity Prices

August 29, 2014
This Great Graphic, constructed on Bloomberg, shows the CRB Index (white line) and the euro (yellow line) over the past six month.  It is not meant to imply a causal relationship; as in weaker commodity prices cause the euro to fall.  
What we are interested in here is the news today that while the preliminary August euro area headline inflation ti…
Great Graphic: The Euro and Commodity Prices Great Graphic:  The Euro and Commodity Prices Reviewed by Marc Chandler on August 29, 2014 Rating: 5
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Month-end Consolidation Featured Ahead of Next Week's Key Events

August 29, 2014
The US dollar is consolidating, largely within yesterday's ranges.  Month-end and quarter-end hedge and portfolio adjustments are notoriously difficult to predict.  There is also large option expires today.  Given the EU Summit this weekend, a holiday in the US on Monday, and no fewer than five central bank meetings among the high-income count…
Month-end Consolidation Featured Ahead of Next Week's Key Events Month-end Consolidation Featured  Ahead of Next Week's Key Events Reviewed by Marc Chandler on August 29, 2014 Rating: 5
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