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  • Greece Votes ‘no': Now What?

    Greece's voters have returned a resounding 61% "no" in a historic referendum on whether to accept the austere bailout terms offered by the country's international creditors. The vote only extends Greece's financial crisis, with no clear outcome on the... Read More >>

    Americans Really Do Have To Work Harder To Stay Middle Class

    Few ideals are as universally celebrated in the U.S. as the “middle class.” Both Republican and Democrats claim to represent the interests of this somewhat poorly defined group. And it’s no wonder. Roughly 90% of Americans describe themselves as... Read More >>

    Ode To A Grecian Finance Minister As Varoufakis Steps Down

    The Greek debt drama lost one of its most compelling characters Monday, as leather-clad maverick finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said he would step down, less than 24 hours after Greek citizens overwhelmingly rejected the terms of a broad creditor bailout... Read More >>

    Minutes To Help Crack Code Of Fed Rate Strategy

    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Traders were not sure what to make of the last press conference from Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen. Was she setting the stage for a rate hike in September or suggesting the central bank was more likely to wait until... Read More >>

    Greece Hits The Self-Destruct Button

    Greece has decisively voted "no" or "oxi" in the #greferendum. I mean, decisively. By Sunday afternoon here in the U.S., the election map was a solid sea of orange for the "no" side. I am shocked. I probably shouldn't be. I've been pointing out for a while... Read More >>

    The (Inadequate) Case For Economic Pessimism

    Is the U.S. economy stuck in an endless loop of sluggish growth and high unemployment? Many distinguished economists think so, and there is some evidence to support them. But looking at much the same data, I come to the opposite conclusion: The U.S. could... Read More >>

    Payrolls Reaction: Stocks, Bonds, Bullion Bid; Dollar Dump-And-Pump

    The kneejerk reaction to the "miss" in jobs data is that it is great news... and reduces the probability of rate hike being imminent. Stocks are bid (hovering at yesterday's highs), bonds rallied (yields down 4-6bps), gold popped (after being dumped into the... Read More >>

    Americans Not In The Labor Force Soar By 640,000 To Record 93.6 Million; Participation Rate Drops To 1977 Levels

    The devastation of the U.S. labor force continues. In what was an "unambiguously" unpleasant June jobs payrolls report, with both April and May jobs revised lower, the fact that the number of Americans not in the labor force soared once again, this time by... Read More >>

    Train Carrying Toxic Gas Derails In Tennessee, Catches Fire; Thousands Evacuated

    Remember when oil pipelines were at risk of spilling and as a result the progressive movement decided it would be far safer to transport US oil by train, because supposedly trains are so much safer for the environment (not to mention profitable for Warren... Read More >>

    Goldman “Conspiracy Theory” Validated As ECB Expands QE Program

    The ECB has expanded the list of SSA securities eligible for purchase under PSPP. Since the program’s inception, we and others have said the central bank will likely need to add more names to the list of QE-eligible SSA bonds or move into corporate... Read More >>

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