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Posts Tagged ‘employment’

1 May 3 2012 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Economy, Risk Strategy

Everything’s Going A Bit Van Halen

You know those people that look at clouds and see shapes (no? oh, ok…), well recently every time I see charts of the latest economic data, I see the Van Halen logo. And it’s not even like I’m a Van Halen fan (I’m way too young, obviously). So to prove I am not one sandwich short of a picnic, here is the evidence – through exhibits 1 to 4 – to affirm my sanity. » read more

0 Mar 10 2011 @ 7:43am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy

Are we K.O.’d or O.K.?

Ok, I’m not messing about this week; the gloves are off. I am cutting straight to the chase the wheat from the chaff and straight to the quick. There are two key issues in the US economy which are delicately poised to potentially either save or sink us. And these are unemployment and gasoline prices. (Well, there is a third, but a double dip in housing is a done deal). So below I have given some background on these two issues, hopefully illustrating their potential threat to a sustained economic recovery. So first up, employment:  » read more