Dubai Real Estate May Become as Unaffordable as London

Dubai Real Estate May Become as Unaffordable as London






Dubai Real Estate May Become as Unaffordable as London Residents could be permanently priced out of the market, according to Cluttons Dubai is at risk of becoming as unaffordable for local residents as parts of the UK capital London unless cheaper property is provided, according to Cluttons. Faisal Durrani, the property consultancy’s head of research, […]






Financial Markets Running on “Hope” for Continuing Stimulus

Financial Markets Running on “Hope” for Continuing Stimulus






Financial Markets Running on “Hope” for Continuing Stimulus $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX In this world of easy money, where the markets hope the near-Zero interest rate policies to continue, there really should be hope for a growing not stagnant economy. This week;s economic reports have been dominated by a very strong consumer confidence report. The […]






September Copper Falls to 2 Month Lows

September Copper Falls to 2 Month Lows






September Copper Falls to 2 Month Lows $CUPM Copper (NYSEArca:CUPM) futures fell to the lowest in 2 months after stockpiles surged and Barclays Plc flagged concern over growth in China, the world’s biggest consumer. Inventories tracked by exchanges in Shanghai, London and New York climbed 5 straight days last week to the highest since May. […]






Personal Income, Wages, Salaries, Savings Advanced in July

Personal Income, Wages, Salaries, Savings Advanced in July






Personal Income, Wages, Salaries, Savings Advanced in July $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US consumer spending increased for a fourth straight month in July amid strong demand for automobiles, pointing to a pickup in economic growth that could pave the way for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year. The Commerce Department said Monday […]






The US Government’s Economic Growth Numbers are Wrong

The US Government’s Economic Growth Numbers are Wrong






The US Government’s Economic Growth Numbers are Wrong Harvard Economist Martin Feldstein warned Friday that the US government’s measure of economic growth is always wrong, regardless of the official number. The US economy grew less than previously reported last Quarter on lower government outlays and a bigger depletion of inventories, capping a sluggish 1-H performance […]






Another Democratic ‘Tax & Spend’ Administration = Recession

Another Democratic ‘Tax & Spend’ Administration = Recession






Another Democratic ‘Tax & Spend’ Administration = Recession $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Hillary Clinton got hammered from all directions Monday. Mrs. Clinton is trying come up with a new and inspiring idea to jump-start a anemic US economy and help the financially stressed middle class. The progressive/left really does not know  how to and will […]






LTN’s “Lipstick” Indicator Says US, World Consumer is Challenged

LTN’s “Lipstick” Indicator Says US, World Consumer is Challenged






LTN’s “Lipstick” Indicator Says US, World Consumer is Challenged Cosmetics maker Estee Lauder Cos. (NYSE:EL) reported a smaller-than-expected rise in Quarterly sales, hurt by a slowdown in sales in the Americas as fewer consumers visited department stores and tourist spending declined. Shares of the company were down about 4% at 91.73 Friday, up to Thursday’s […]






US Consumer Prices Unchanged, Inflation Slows

US Consumer Prices Unchanged, Inflation Slows






US Consumer Prices Unchanged, Inflation Slows $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX US consumer prices were unchanged in July as the cost of gasoline fell for the 1st time in 5 months and underlying inflation slowed, which could further diminish prospects of a US Fed interest rate increase this year. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the […]






Once High End Retailer Nordstrom’s (NYSE:JWN) Now a Discount Store

Once High End Retailer Nordstrom’s (NYSE:JWN) Now a Discount Store






Once High End Retailer Nordstrom’s (NYSE:JWN) Now a Discount Store $JWN JW Nordstrom’s off-price Rack is thriving, its full-line stores still may have a way to go to fully enter the discount space. In its Q-2, total comparable sales fell 1.2%. It is important to look at the breakdown: comparable sales for its full-line business […]






The US Consumer Pauses, Spending Halts, Economy Stalls

The US Consumer Pauses, Spending Halts, Economy Stalls






The US Consumer Pauses, Spending Halts, Economy Stalls $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX “The consumer paused in July and with price pressures soft, the Fed members will probably gain a few more grey hairs.” — Joel Naroff, Economist The Consumer Data: July Retail Sales and Wholesale Prices Sales: 0%; Excluding Vehicles: -0.3%/ PPI: -0.4% Excluding Food […]






Japan’s Economic Latest Stimulus Measures Expose Flawed “Abenomics”

Japan’s Economic Latest Stimulus Measures Expose Flawed “Abenomics”






Japan’s Economic Latest Stimulus Measures Expose Flawed “Abenomics” Japan’s unrolling this week of a stimulus plan of JPY 28.1-T (US$274-B) as part of Prime Minister Abe’s latest installment of his shaky “Abenomics” economic policy mix, lacks the equivocal allocations and long-term vision necessary to fundamentally kickstart the nation’s ailing economy. As evidenced by the stock […]






US Demand for Autos Fall in July

US Demand for Autos Fall in July






US Demand for Autos Fall in July $GM, $F, $HMC, $TM, $VLKAY US auto sales drop in July as hot weather and softening demand kept buyers at home. Major automakers have reported July sales that fell short of expectations, which has reinforced worries that the market may have peaked with last year’s record numbers. Kelley Blue […]






Consumer Confidence Dims on Economy

Consumer Confidence Dims on Economy






Consumer Confidence Dims on Economy $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Consumer confidence slid in July from the prior month on dimmer views of the US economy’s prospects and lingering concerns among higher-income earners about global market conditions. The University of Michigan said Friday that its final index of sentiment (MSI) declined to 90 this month from […]






With Legal Marijuana Users, “Bud” is More Popular than Editables

With Legal Marijuana Users, “Bud” is More Popular than Editables






With Legal Marijuana Users, “Bud” is More Popular than Editables With the loosening of the US Marijuana laws collegians are cheering, but it’s the older folks  who are the average consumers of the newly enhanced “Bud”. Seattle-based Headset Inc., research firm in the field, reviewed about 40,000 legal Marijuana purchases made in Washington State from September 2014 to […]






Politics and World Chaos are in the Air, Don’t Lose Sight of Market Bubble

Politics and World Chaos are in the Air, Don’t Lose Sight of Market Bubble






Politics and World Chaos are in the Air, Don’t Lose Sight of Market Bubble The attack in Nice, France, was a terrorist act, and the French government extended the state of emergency for 3 months and soldiers will be deployed. The military coup in Turkey, points up the extreme dissidence in that region of the […]






China: Deep Pockets and Digital Trends Drive Consumption

China: Deep Pockets and Digital Trends Drive Consumption






China: Deep Pockets and Digital Trends Drive Consumption For foreign companies targeting the deep pockets of China’s growing middle class, understanding demand and consumption habits are Key. The future of consumption in China is digital, consumer-driven and aided by safe and secure mobile payment systems, according to attendees of the 3-day annual World Economic Forum […]






June US Automobile Sales Disappoint

June US Automobile Sales Disappoint






June US Automobile Sales Disappoint $F, $GM, $TMC, $VLKAY, $HMC Consumer demand for pickups and SUVs drove US auto sales in June, but the growth fell short of estimates as General Motors (NYSE:GM), Toyota Motor Corp (NYSE:TMC) and Volkswagen (OTCMKT:VLKAY) sold fewer vehicles. Estimates from major automobile makers backed analysts’ projection that the US industry […]






The Week Ahead on Wall Street

The Week Ahead on Wall Street






The Week Ahead on Wall Street $NKE, $GIS, $CAG, $MU Earnings results from Q-2’s early reporters will be released to Wall Street this week with 10 members of the S&P 500 on tap. They are NIKE (NYSE:NKE)Tuesday, Acuity Brands (NYSE AYI), General Mills (NYSE:GIS) and Monsanto (NYSE:MON) Wednesday; and ConAgra Foods (NYSE:CAG), Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ), Darden […]






IMF Downgrades US Economic Forecast

IMF Downgrades US Economic Forecast






IMF Downgrades US Economic Forecast The International Monetary Fund  (IMF) downgraded its forecast for the US economy this year and said America should raise the minimum wage to help the poor, offer paid maternity leave to encourage more women to work and overhaul the corporate tax system to boost productivity. In its annual checkup of […]






Janet Yellen’s Remarks Anything But “Dovish”

Janet Yellen’s Remarks Anything But “Dovish”






Janet Yellen’s Remarks Anything But “Dovish” Monday, US Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said  that interest rate hikes are likely on the way because “positive economic forces outweigh the negative” for the United States now that risks from earlier this year have diminished. In Monday’s public comment from any US central banker before a Key […]






Obama Admin, Fed Laud Economic Growth, Consumers Disagree

Obama Admin, Fed Laud Economic Growth, Consumers Disagree






Obama Admin, Fed Laud Economic Growth, Consumers Disagree $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Consumer Confidence unexpectedly fell in May for a 2nd month as American consumers are less than enthusiastic about the current state of the economy, a report from the New York-based Conference Board showed Tuesday. The Conference Board’s Sentiment Index fell to 92.6 i […]






Energy Cooperation the Key Link to Russia-China Economic Tie-up

Energy Cooperation the Key Link to Russia-China Economic Tie-up






Energy Cooperation the Key Link to Russia-China Economic Tie-up Energy cooperation has become the ‘backbone” of the Russia-China economic partnership, as bi-lateral interaction is expected to speed up in all economic fields. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich expressed the confidence that bi-lateral economic cooperation would continue to grow steadily in various fields. “China is […]






Philippines Seeing Strong Domestic Demand

Philippines Seeing Strong Domestic Demand






Philippines Seeing Strong Domestic Demand Continued demand for capital and consumer goods drove imports growth of 11.7% in March this year, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said this week. The agency reported that imports reached US$6.4-B from 5.7-B in the same frame last year. “This is on account of higher purchases of capital […]






Abenomics Not Likely to Lift Japan Out of Sluggish Growth

Abenomics Not Likely to Lift Japan Out of Sluggish Growth






Abenomics Not Likely to Lift Japan Out of Sluggish Growth Statistics released Wednesday showed Japan recorded better-than-expected economic growth numbers in Q-1 of the year. However, economists said the real picture may not be as rosy as it looks to be based on preliminary statistics. The reform plans championed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, known […]






HeffX-LTN FX Report (Daily)






HeffX-LTN FX Report (Daily) $EURUSD, $GBPUSD, $USDJPY, $USDCHF, $AUDUSD, $NZDUSD The USD trimmed gains but remained supported Vs the other peer currencies Wednesday, as FX investors became more cautious ahead of the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s most recent policy meeting due later in the day. USDJPY climbed 0.49% to 109.68. FX market participants were […]






China: Asia’s Most Attractive Consumer Market

China: Asia’s Most Attractive Consumer Market






China: Asia’s Most Attractive Consumer Market China was the most promising consumer market in Asia in Y 2015, and will probably remain so in the next 4 years, according to a report released Thursday. “Even as China’s economy slows and its population ages, it appears set to remain the most attractive Asian market for retailers […]






America’s Home Builders Beginning to Market Safety and Energy Efficiency

America’s Home Builders Beginning to Market Safety and Energy Efficiency






America’s Home Builders Beginning to Market Safety and Energy Efficiency When single family home builders talk about customer service, they focus on how to make the building process smoother, how to speak to customers so that they understand, and how to mitigate problems and delays. Last year in a presentation at the 2015 Avid Conference […]






FOMC Keeps Threat of Interest Rate Hike “In the Mix”

FOMC Keeps Threat of Interest Rate Hike “In the Mix”






FOMC Keeps Threat of Interest Rate Hike “In the Mix” $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX Wednesday afternoon, the US Fed kept interest rates unchanged, and indicated their confidence in the anemic US economy, thus keeping the door open to a hike in June. The FOMC said the labor market had improved despite a recent economic slowdown […]