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FxWirePro: The Day Ahead- 17th February 2017

Feb 17, 2017 04:54 am UTC| Commentary Economy

Not many economic dockets scheduled for today and all with low to medium volatility risks associated. Upcoming: Eurozone: December current account balance will be reported at 9:00 GMT, construction output numbers...

Living through the Greek crisis: an anthropologist reports from Thessaly

Feb 17, 2017 02:15 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The prospect of another Greek crisis could be back on the cards if things do not go to plan at an upcoming meeting of European finance ministers on February 20. With a 10.3 billion loan repayment due in July, the meeting...

Vital Signs Series

Vital Signs: business confidence spikes but uncertainty reigns

Feb 17, 2017 01:54 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Vital Signs is a weekly economic wrap from UNSW economics professor and Harvard PhD Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualise weekly economic events and cut through the noise of the data affecting...

Why social grants matter in South Africa: they support 33% of the nation

Feb 17, 2017 00:28 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The South African governments failure to fix a corrupted R10 billion social grant payment contract has caused a crisis that threatens to disturb monthly payments to millions of vulnerable households. The Conversation...

Australia's labour market report suggests plenty of spare capacity, RBA to remain on hold for an extended period

Feb 16, 2017 12:29 pm UTC| Economy Central Banks Commentary

Australias January labour market report released earlier today was broadly in line with expectations. Data released by the national statistics bureau showed seasonally adjusted overall employment rose by 13,500 to...

EUR/CZK likely to dip towards 25.00 this H2, says Commerzbank

Feb 16, 2017 07:33 am UTC| Commentary Economy

The EUR/CZK currency pair is expected to dip towards a level of 25.00 in the coming months, especially in the second half of this year. Further, Czech headline inflation is likely to overshoot the central banks 2 percent...

Roe 8 fails the tests of responsible 21st-century infrastructure planning

Feb 16, 2017 05:50 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The Beeliar Group of professors formed recently to oppose the building of a new highway, called Roe 8, through an important wetland and woodland regional park in Perths southern suburbs. They have joined a very active...

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Economy

French government bonds and EUR under pressure ahead of upcoming French presidential election

Upbeat data from the euro area this week, with strong manufacturing PMIs and German ifo readings failed to boost the single currency. French government bonds and the EUR remain under pressure, as investors remain focused...

U.S. jobless claims suggest favorable labor market, upcoming payroll data key for shaping rate hike expectations

Minutes of the Federal Reserves Jan. 31-Feb monetary policy meeting published earlier this week on Wednesday showed that many policymakers believed another interest rate hike might be appropriate fairly soon if labor...

Banxico amplifies toolkit to support peso without Forex reserves

On February 21, Mexicos central bank announced that it will offer up to $20 billion in forex hedges, starting with a first auction of up to $1 billion on March 6. With the new measures the central bank aims to support the...

FOMC minutes provide no clear signal of March rate hike

Release of the minutes of the Federal Reserves 1st February meeting showed that many members noted that it might be appropriate to raise the federal funds rate again fairly soon if incoming information on the labour market...

Chinese house prices show further signs of cooling in January

House prices in Chinas largest cities in January rose marginally to 64.3 percent, the lowest rise in the last 12 months, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed Wednesday. Out of the 70 cities analysed by the...

Politics

Dems Want To Probe Trump Over Lax Security Practices

Just to add to Donald Trumps increasingly full plate of political troubles, House Democrats are now pushing for an investigation into the new presidents tendency to practice weak security measures. The representatives are...

US under Trump Series: Learn honesty from Berkshire Hathaway’s Charlie Munger

Data from Edelman Trust Barometer of 2017 shows that the public trusts in the news media in the United States have declined to the lowest level ever. Only 32 percent of the American Public trusts the news media, which is...

Words, Tweets and Stones in the "Political Correctness" Wars

Last year, a friend alerted me to an opinion article which included the unusual story of Tim Hunt, a Nobel-Prize winning chemist. At a conference in Korea, Hunt ventured regrettably outside of his expertise. He...

Five lessons Trump could learn from Lincoln

How will Donald Trump observe Presidents Day? Will he have the inclination or take the time to read about or reflect on the qualities of our greatest leaders? Given how busy Trump is issuing executive orders,...

Universal Credit: from benefits panacea to government blunder

Only a fraction of the households in the UK originally intended to be receiving a new one-stop benefit payment in 2017 are currently doing so. As of January 12 2017, 960,000 claims have been made for Universal Credit and...

Science

50,000 New Seed Deposits Go To Doomsday Vault In Norway

Norways Svalbard Global Seed Vault or the Doomsday vault, as it is more commonly known, is home to countless species of plants and crops. The facility is meant to house and protect these seeds so that in the event of a...

Scientists Dare To Ask If Gene Editing Is A Human Right

For the longest time, humans have had to accept that they had limitations due to their genetics. With the advent of powerful gene-editing tools like CRISPR, however, this is no longer the case. Now, humans can potentially...

Scientists Think The Arctic Can Be Refrozen If They Had $500B

A lot of climate experts, global leaders, and financial giants have already declared Climate Change as the single biggest threat that humanity is facing as a species. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of people and...

Scientists Created Foldable Shields That Can Stop Bullets, Light And Portable Protection

Law enforcement officials are facing constant danger as part of their duties, which is why they need all the protection that they can get. Body armor, helmets, and padding are all provided to police officers, FBI agents,...

Organic molecules found on giant asteroid Ceres – why that's a such a huge deal

Sometimes, I think scientists are just that little bit too modest. A new paper in Science has a humdinger of a title: Localized aliphatic organic material on the surface of Ceres. It doesnt exactly trip off the tongue and...

Technology

Tesla To Offer Life Insurance Bundle With All Future Car Purchases

Elon Musks electric car company has had to contend with questions with regards to how safe its vehicles are to drive after several traffic accidents involving its units resulted in death. Since then, Tesla has been cleared...

Google Launches New Tool For Fighting Trolls, Shares It With Developers

Trolls are practically an accepted part of the internet now, with many in various comment sections saying Welcome to the internet! to anyone who expresses astonishment at offensive statements on anything. It seems that...

Mass Effect: Andromeda First Impressions Roundup

BioWare recently gave certain video game media companies the opportunity to try the latest installment in the Mass Effect universe. With 3 hours to spend, reviewers eagerly dove into the demos and have been writing about...

Uber Gets Sued By Waymo Over Stolen Self-Driving Car Secrets

With so many tech companies vying for supremacy in the race for self-driving cars, some of them were bound to clash at some point. This is exactly what is happening between Googles driverless car division Waymo and the...

NASA Cargo Successfully Delivered To ISS Via SpaceX Dragon, Announces 7 Earth-Size Planets Around Nearby Star: Is This The Next Space Frontier?

SpaceXs the Dragon cargo ship containing over 2 tons of NASA supplies was finally captured by the robotic arm of the International Space Station (ISS). Astronauts Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Thomas Pesquet of the European...
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February 24 19:00 UTC Released

AREconomic Activity YY*

Actual

-0.1 %

Forecast

-0.6 %

Previous

-1.4 %

February 24 15:30 UTC Released

USECRI Weekly Annualized*

Actual

10.5 %

Forecast

Previous

11.1 %

February 27 00:30 UTC 25032503m

AUCompany Profits Pre-Tax*

Actual

Forecast

Previous

3.6 %

February 27 00:30 UTC 25032503m

AUBusiness Inventories*

Actual

Forecast

0.5 %

Previous

0.8 %

February 27 00:30 UTC 25032503m

AUGross Company Profits*

Actual

Forecast

8.0 %

Previous

1.0 %

February 27 09:00 UTC 30133013m

EZLoans to Non-Fin

Actual

Forecast

Previous

2.3 %

February 27 09:00 UTC 30133013m

ITFlash Trd Bal Non-EU*

Actual

Forecast

Previous

5.68 bln EUR

February 27 09:00 UTC 30133013m

EZMoney-M3 Annual Grwth*

Actual

Forecast

4.8 %

Previous

5.0 %

February 27 09:00 UTC 30133013m

EZLoans to Households*

Actual

Forecast

2.2 %

Previous

2.0 %

February 27 10:00 UTC 30733073m

EZCons Infl Expec

Actual

Forecast

Previous

14.5

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