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China looks to be slowing again as domestic economy runs out of puff

China’s economy looks to pulling back into the slow lane after a range of data has shown a broad loss of momentum in domestic demand. Key points: Electricity, steel and cement production slowed in August Front-loaded infrastructure spending from earlier in the year slows rapidly Cooling retail sales centre on sectors linked to the property cycle The key monthly readings ... Read More »

Zombie companies haunt the Canadian economy

e Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange that he said collectively had negative working capital of $2-billion. Mr. Simon followed up by identifying an additional 512 non-mining companies that together were in the hole – having negative working capital – of an additional $2.1-billion. Zombies haunt the Canadian economy because they drain resources from productive firms, says Glen Hodgson, ... Read More »

The economy is not strong, wages remain weak, and rates will stay on hold

The annual growth rate is still well below par, despite what Scott Morrison says. If Treasurer Scott Morrison really thinks the latest report on the health of the Australian economy represents a “strong set of numbers”, it will be interesting to see what sort of adjectives he comes up with to describe them when they really are strong. The economy is not ... Read More »

UK economy loses momentum as fears mount about cost of Brexit, find latest surveys

The weaker growth trend in services was most evident in consumer-facing sectors such as restaurants, cinemas, gyms and hairdressers The UK economy is losing momentum as fears mount about Brexit, according to the latest round of industrial surveys. The Purchasing Managers’ Index for services in August came in at 53.2, down from 53.8 in July. Any figure above 50 signals expansion, but the ... Read More »

BRICS Summit 2017 has potential to boost trade, economy, finance but members need to start work now

The idea of BRIC emanated from an investment bank which had conjectured a theoretical possibility of four countries in the developing world, i.e. Brazil, Russia, India and China, taking on the role of engine to growth for the world economy. This concept gained more relevance after the financial crisis set in where it was believed that the emerging markets were ... Read More »

Fed’s Yellen says Dodd-Frank regs help — not hurt — economy

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is defending the web of regulations the Fed helped enact after the 2008 financial crisis, saying it helped restore the banking system’s health and disputing criticism that the rules have hurt lending. Yellen says the Fed is prepared to adjust the regulations as needed to help financial institutions. But she is implicitly ... Read More »

As economy and earnings excel, here’s what’s dragging down stocks

Getty Images Pedestrians walk past the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. economy and corporate earnings continue to impress, but markets’ positive momentum has been sapped by the political follies of the Trump administration. And from a trading perspective, the U.S. dollar is unlikely to stage much of a comeback unless the tone from Washington becomes decidedly more disciplined. It ... Read More »

‘Hard’ Brexit offers ‘£135bn annual boost’ to economy

Removing all trade tariffs and barriers would help generate an annual £135bn uplift to the UK economy, according to a group of pro-Brexit economists. A “hard” Brexit is “economically much superior to soft” argues Prof Patrick Minford, lead author of a report from Economists for Free Trade. He says eliminating tariffs, either within free trade deals or unilaterally, would deliver ... Read More »

20 Surprising Stats About the Gig Economy

More than a fourth of the U.S. is now officially part of the freelance gig economy, a recent report indicates. In the future, more and more people of all ages and ethnicity will declare their independence from the 9-to-5 daily corporate grind for the freedom, autonomy and self-determination that the freelance, gig economylifestyle brings. So says a new report from Spera, ... Read More »

A big decline in markets could hit global economy

A shock to market confidence -an end to irrational exuberance -could lead to sharp price falls. There is a “significant possibility” of a major stock market correction in the near future which could drag down global economic growth, according to recent analysis from staff at research house OxfordBSE 4.88 % Economics. Writing on Tuesday, Oxford’s global head of macro research GabrielBSE 2.53 % Sterne argued that a 10 ... Read More »