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Economic News - 5/22/2017 5:21:28 AM   
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Japan Exports Rallied for 5 Months

Exports from Japan notably increased for five consecutive months indicating a strong offshore demand and increased shipments of semiconductors and steels that boost economic growth. In April, exports climbed up to 7.5 percent compared with the previous year and lower than the median estimate of 7.8 percent yearly growth.

On the other hand, its trade surplus with the U.S. also decreased by 4.2 percent from a year ago while the exports jumped by 2.6 percent and continuously grows in the past three months because of high volume of car and auto parts shipments. An economist predicts that this upsurge will continue including domestic imports but the protectionist trade policies of Donald Trump raises concerns with Japan being an export-reliant country.


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Company News by ForexMart - 5/23/2017 1:10:36 AM   
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Economic News - 5/23/2017 1:38:25 AM   
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Food Stamp Program in Peril from Trump’s Tax Cuts

The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or SNAP is currently in peril as Trump’s budget plan could possibly slash over $190 billion from the said food stamp program. These cuts on SNAP will be representing a funding cut of over 29%, since the US government spent over $70 billion on the food stamp program last year. Prior to this particular cut, the Trump administration had recently proclaimed that it will be able to strike a budget balance within a decade without altering the US government’s biggest spending drivers, namely social security and medical assistance. Trump had previously stated that there will be no changes made to these factors during his campaign period.


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RE: Economic News - 5/23/2017 3:09:10 AM   
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Debt Relief for Greece Still in Progress, No Deal Yet

Intercontinental lenders in Greece has a comprehensive meeting discussing debt sustainability on Monday. The meeting ended failing to reach an agreement about additional debt relief for Greece. Ministers disagreed to grant new loans to Athens but the head of Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem says otherwise. He said that they are deliberating and making progress on the next disbursement targeting before summer to be able to pay due debts in July.


In their next meeting, they are optimistic that they will settle a deal in doling out bailout funds to the country on June 15. They are aiming for a more sustainable agreement which the International Monetary Fund commended and hoping that E.U. governments will support this deal. Although, the deal is not yet ready and will most likely be implemented once the current bailout program has ended next year.


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Economic News - 5/25/2017 2:08:31 AM   
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FOMC Minutes Signal Interest Rate Hike Next Month

Fed officials are now more than ready to raise its short-term interest rates after stating in their meeting last month that increasing its rates are now “more than appropriate”. The central bank also moved to begin cutting back on its Treasury and mortgage securities holdings, which is currently worth $4.5 trillion. The Fed also stated in its minutes that they will be allowing an accumulation of these said securities in the long run without having to reinvest its proceeds to other assets. The Fed’s next policy meeting is scheduled this coming June 13-14 and will be immediately followed by a press conference from Fed Chair Janet Yellen.


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RE: Economic News - 5/25/2017 3:21:57 AM   
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China’s Debt-rating Downgraded by Moody’s to A1 from Aa3

The credit rating of China was downgraded by Moody’s Investors Service on Wednesday, the previous Aa3 (Double A-3) were down to A1 which means that the Chinese economy is going to grind lower for the next years as the country showed slow growth and its debt continuously increase. The downgrade is done due to the financial pressure that the government faces after years of credit-driven stimulus.

Craig Erlam, a Senior Market Analyst of Oanda, said in an interview, “Because talk of Chinese debt and concerns about the size of Chinese debt has been going on for the last few years. They seem to be very reliant on these high levels of growth, which has been slowing.” He further added that the credit downgrade does not surprise him at all.

The second largest economy in the world gained 6.7 percent last year and 6.9 in 2015, this pace is the slowest based on the records since 1990 by which Erlam believes that the following years appears to be challenging.

The bond credit rating company has expectations that the direct debt burden of China’s government will climb higher reaching 40 percent of 2018’s Gross Domestic Product which is close to the 45 percent as the decade ends. However, it remains lower to the 60 percent for the European Union.

The Finance Ministry of the republic claims that the downgrade is based on an improper approach that overestimated the risks on the increasing debt.


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RE: Economic News - 5/25/2017 4:23:14 AM   
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Trump Proposed 45 Percent Cut in Mexico Aid from U.S. Spending

On Tuesday, the U.S. spending reserved for foreign aid for Mexico and Central America are to be reduced as proposed by the President Donald Trump. The budget was proposed to trim as much as $3.6 trillion government spending in the following ten years for 2018 budget proposal.Although, this may not get a legislative approval as to how it is currently with other departments cuts especially in the State department.

Mexican aid worth $87.66 million will be lessened over 45 percent from the 2016 expenditure when Trump's proposal is approved. The budget cut will be transferred to the Mexican military including counterterrorism funds and other government programs. One of the officials commented that these deals are focused on bolstering border security and fight against corruption that may have hindered transnational criminal organizations. There will be a meeting to discuss the employment and security concerns in Central America in June.


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Economic News - 5/26/2017 3:54:42 AM   
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Trump Calls for Investigation Following Manchester Leaks

US President Donald Trump has already called for an investigation regarding the “Manchester leaks” in order for the US government to determine how top-secret information were able to make their way towards the headlines of news reports, when these sets of information were actually only divulged to the key allies of the British government. Several UK officials have already expressed their dismay and disappointment with regards to this particular matter, among them being UK Prime Minister Theresa May. The bombings in Manchester last Monday night had killed a total of 22 people and has left more than 100 people with injuries. The victims were attending a pop concert before the bombings occurred.


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Economic News - 5/26/2017 4:21:16 AM   
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Drop in Oil Prices Discontented Investors in its Low Figure

Oil prices declined by 5 percent following the extension of production cuts by Opec causing other oil producing countries to be dismayed who are expecting a bigger reduction. Consequently, crude prices dropped to the highest percentage drop since early March.


During the last OPEC meeting, they reached an agreement to prolong supply cuts constitute of 1.8 million barrels per day until the first quarter ends next year and investors are anticipating around half a million extra barrels to be contracted. However, Saudi Arabia’s energy minister, Khalid Al-Falih said that other ministers find it unnecessary to lessen the output further and nine months is the “optimum” duration.

On the other hand, U.S. shale producers are motivated to provide more supplies because of the cheap cost of oil at $50 bpd. Although, they have to be careful since it could exceed the target increase and bring down further the price, stated by the Texas shale oil producer president David Arrington.


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Economic News - 5/29/2017 3:52:15 AM   
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Fast Track Economic Recovery of India in the First Quarter

The economy of India is considered as the fastest developing major economy globally in the previous quarter, induced by positive performance in manufacturing and services. For short-term, the demonetization has affected the demand but was able to recover. The forecast for this year ranged between 6.5 and 7.8 while the actual data achieved a 7.1 percent growth from January to March this year. It has significantly risen from last year’s Q1 growth of 7.9 percent.

The upswing in the economic growth was mainly pushed by positive domestic factors taking into account a notable progress of the central bank easing of policy rate into lending rates of financial institutions that made investment appealing to investors. Moreover, the infrastructure spending has substantiated growth and probability for better agricultural output when the monsoon rains become beneficial.

On the other hand, the goods and sales tax (GST) is also anticipated to contribute to the economy as its removal will encourage more businesses in India. This will be implemented on July 1st.




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Economic News - 5/30/2017 5:16:40 AM   
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Asian Market Weakened as it Traded Sideways

The stock markets of Asia were unsteady on Tuesday since investors hovered in the sideline prior the publication of the raft of economic statistics scheduled this week. While, the Taipei market coupled with Shanghai, Hong Kong are not in operation due to a holiday.

Moreover, the Nikkei 225 of Tokyo declined by 0.5 percent to 19,576.19, seeing the Kospi of South Korea to plunged to 0.6 percent to 2,338.21, S&P/ASX 200 of Australia lower down by 0.1 percent to 5,701.60. Likewise, Singaporean market had a dip along with the Philippines and New Zealand but the Indonesian benchmark surge.

Jingyi Pan, a market strategist at IG based in Singapore, said that the Asian house market is projected to maintain its thin volumes which start in the countries of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan which are all closed in consideration of the market holiday.

The data were to be issued this week would likely offer some hints for the investors about the current state of the international economy. Investors anticipate for the consumer confidence index along with the eurozone business data later this day.

On the energy sector, the benchmark for US crude dropped 4 cents up to $49.76 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract had increased by 90 cents up until $49.80 per barrel yesterday. The Brent crude further decreased by 20 cents till $52.44/barrel in London.


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Company News by ForexMart - 5/30/2017 10:26:07 PM   
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Economic News - 5/31/2017 4:44:10 AM   
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US Budget Concerns Casts Doubt on Fed Plans

The US Federal Reserve is more than ready to raise its interest rates this coming June, but the possibility of the Congress rattling up the markets by slowing down progress on increasing the debt ceiling of the US economy has cast a shadow of doubt on the Fed’s next scheduled rate hike on September. Prior to this development, the Fed has been saying that they are currently planning to implement two more rate hikes before the year ends, but has now reverted to saying that the third rate hike for year might be in for some delays if the market gets shaken by possible disagreements on fiscal policies.


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Economic News - 6/9/2017 4:43:38 AM   
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Limited Drop of Sterling in the Global Market Amid U.K. Parliamentary Election

On Friday, the British pound slumped following vague results without a particular party that dominated that election. Hence, investors are trying to weigh on risks including both events in the United States and Europe. As a result, the cable dropped by 2 percent amid the political problem that could hamper the Brexit talks and cause more uncertainty which will begin in more than a week.

Yields on 10-year gilt dropped by 3 basis points to 1.00 percent while the FTSE futures recovered as it gained 0.2 percent bringing hopes up to economic progress. The e-mini futures for the S&P 500 has a lesser impact as it increases by 0.1 percent.

The single currency slid overnight following the announcement of ECB forecast to ease inflation but did not talked to tune down the massive bond-buying campaign pushing bond yields to multi-month lows. Its effect in the global investment market can not be defined as it represents just 2.5 percent of world GDP.


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Company News by ForexMart - 6/11/2017 10:53:52 PM   
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Economic News - 6/12/2017 1:02:32 AM   
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ECB Not Yet to Withdraw Stimulus Program

The European Central Bank decided to loosen its monetary policy on Thursday but indicated that it further needs some support from the central bank amid increasing growth.
Mario Draghi, ECB president, is very cautious in his announcement regarding the withdrawal stimulus.

During the meeting held on Thursday which is accompanied by 25 members of the council, the bank kept its interest rates and bond-purchase stimulus program steady.

The governing council settled small adjustments towards the 19 emerging countries that utilizes the European currency by stating that interest rates could probably move lower. While Draghi issued another significant change as he described that risk to growth is currently “broadly balanced”, the tweak was announced during the April wherein risk are said to "tilted to the downside."

Carsten Brzeski, analyst at ING-DiBa, allegorize the bank’s statement to a baby’s first step intended to taper the stimulus effort. The financial institution preserved its bond-buying program at 60 billion euros ($67 billion) each month which will last this year or longer.
Moreover, ECB officials were in a stew for the market’s response to the untimely notice that the stimulus will end as the rates will climb higher, undermining the effects.


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Economic News - 6/13/2017 3:48:09 AM   
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Finland’s Export Data Shows Signs of Recovery

The Bank of Finland forecast data shows the growth of Finland’s economy as exports recuperated gains although it still needed reform to enhance development and stronger public finances. This growth is marked as a big progress following a decade state in hiatus state due to various economic and business problems. The GDP progress is anticipated to improve by 2.1 percent in 2017 which is higher than the former forecast of 1.6 percent in March. In the previous year, the GDP grew by 1.4 percent.

Amid the steady growth of exports, the economic growth still depends on the private consumption and investment and will further progress when the employment condition gets better to support an increase in purchasing power. Hence, the center-right government has lessened expenditures and eased labor laws yet the central bank sees the need other strategies to boost the current and future growth.




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RE: Economic News - 6/15/2017 4:57:24 AM   
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Fed Implements Rate Hike, Maintains Outlook for Next Hike

The US Federal Reserve has pushed through with its planned interest rate hike for this month while outlining its plans to continue with stricter monetary policies in spite of the country’s weak inflation rates. FOMC officials approved the central bank’s third rate hike within a six-month period and hinted at possibly another rate hike just before the end of 2017. Fed Chair Janet Yellen stated in a press conference following the announcement that the bank’s plans of unwinding its policies might be implemented sooner than later, especially if the country’s economic status meets the expectations of the Fed. Moreover, the central bank is also looking into a three-quarter point rate increase for 2018 just like its previous projection last March.


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Economic News - 6/16/2017 12:08:15 AM   
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NZ Below Expectation Economic Growth

The New Zealand economy climbed by 0.5 percent in the first quarter of the year but still lower than market expectations as the construction sector weakened. The forecast figure of the central bank is 0.9 percent while the analysts predicted it to attain 0.7 percent, which obviously fell short from both predictions.

Despite positive growth for the milk production and a moderate growth of GDP, these were out shadowed by weak data from the construction sector and the mixed results from the service sector. The construction data declined by 2.1 percent for Q1 that negated the 4.3 percent augmentation in agriculture particularly the milk production.

An economic analyst described this phenomenon to be transient and the economy will advance at estimated of 3.0 to 3.5 percent this year. Also, other sectors are performing well but there is no need for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) to adjust its cash rate from a record low of 1.75 percent.


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Economic News - 6/16/2017 2:12:50 AM   
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Calgary Council to Create a $10-million Economic Development Fund

The council of Calgary asked to produce an economic development investment fund (EDIF) that accounts to $10 million during on its meeting scheduled on Monday. Based on the Statistics Canada, there were almost 53, 000 jobs lost in Calgary, a region in Alberta, Canada.
In other countries like North America, the purpose of EDIF is to create diversification and to work out with the economic downswing.

Moreover, the city council released a report regarding the objectives of the said project: (1)Help create the right conditions for growth in the local economy, through efforts to strengthen industries and create new ones; (2) Diversify the local economy; (3) Leverage municipal funds for additional private and public sector investments into the community; (4) Create employment lands and stimulate employment; and (5) Create a return on investment (both direct and indirect).
Councillor Richard Pootmans approves the deal for he believes that investments should be administered within the community because no one else will do this favor for the Calgary.
Pootmans was recognized having a background in economic development prior entering politics.

The 20 percent of the $10-million worth EDIF will be allotted to the 10 cornerstone arts organizations that include the Calgary Folk Music Festival, Theatre Calgary, and The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. While the municipal politician would likely consider this idea as he said that, arts is one of the primary factors why people visit their art galleries.

The City administrators further stated that art organizations support the high quality of life in the region with an active metro and the economy is well-diversified.


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