$GS screenshot on the most important economies for global markets.

U.S. Inventories and Production Levels: Natural Gas & Crude Oil

U.S. Inventories and Production Levels.

Labor costs in GIIS.

Struggling countries in the eurozone – Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain … Have been reducing labour costs steadily.

Hurricane Sandy impact compared with other cyclones.

Hurricane Sandy had an impact of around $40B…& ranks 3rd for damaging. in the picture its compared with other cyclones. Please feel free to comment.

Commodities volatility

Social unrest and revolt during the Arab spring led to a restricted N African supply of crude. Japan’s catastrophic quake halted her industrial production lines. These events created unprecedented volatility in the raw commodities industry, the volatility is set to continue through 2012 as more austere fiscal measures are adopted.

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Statistics in Greece is a combat sport

Elstat is Greece’s new independent statistics agency. Elstat has been commissioned by the European Commission to “clean up” the statistics, after decades of corruption and inadequacy by the Greek finance ministry. Yet, Elstat is now facing opposition in the form of an official criminal investigation by the Greek government for “inflating the scale of theContinue reading “Statistics in Greece is a combat sport”

EU Vassals.

One, politics in Europe are local, not “European.” Two, monetary, fiscal, and labor policy are at the core of the problems in the GIIPS. Third, The EU had better identify itself and make its presence known- finally. It is her “fight or flight” moment. The Entire EU hangs in the balance, and coupled with thatContinue reading “EU Vassals.”

Record Month For Bond Holders

Bond managers have recovered record profits in the past month. See attached charts, courtesy of Jpm:

Weakest Performing Financials (domestic & foreign)

No. Ticker % Change Industry 1 MKTG -20.71 FINANCIAL 2 ING -11.96 FINANCIAL 3 HMPR -10.18 FINANCIAL 4 AEG -8.82 FINANCIAL 5 DB -8.78 FINANCIAL 6 BCS -8.55 FINANCIAL 7 DGIT -8.53 FINANCIAL 8 RDN -8.53 FINANCIAL 9 OCN -8.25 FINANCIAL 10 HBC -8.04 FINANCIAL 11 CS -8.03 FINANCIAL 12 PNSN -7.76 FINANCIAL 13 LMLPContinue reading “Weakest Performing Financials (domestic & foreign)”

Read this Article America, 11m borrowers “under water”

30m mortgage holders out of 55m are paying above market interest rates… 1% over the average for a new 30 year… This is quoted from the article: “I answered an ad in 1995 that I thought was for a job related to “security” (as in security guard) but was in fact related to “securities.” That’sContinue reading “Read this Article America, 11m borrowers “under water””