Economy and Government Policy

  • Greenspan: Get rid of all financial regulation and … Yahoo Finance - Fri, Feb 17, 2017 3:14 AM SGT
    Greenspan: Get rid of all financial regulation and do this one thing...

    Alan Greenspan railed against entitlement programs like Social Security, and described the Dodd-Frank Act as the “worst legislation since Nixon’s wage and price controls of the 1960s.” In a speech before the Economic Club of New York on Thursday, where he accepted club’s Award for Leadership Excellence, the former Federal …

  • Trump suggests the stock market surge is just getting … Yahoo Finance - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 11:55 PM SGT
    Trump suggests the stock market surge is just getting started

    President Trump is excited about record stock prices. In a Thursday morning tweet, Trump exclaimed: “Stock market hits new high with longest winning streak in decades. Trump appears to be making reference to data from FactSet, cited earlier in the day by CNN Money, showing Wednesday’s fifth-straight record high close …

  • Claims and starts — What you need to know in markets … Yahoo Finance - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 10:55 AM SGT
    Claims and starts — What you need to know in markets on Thursday

    The headline data out Thursday will drop at 8:30 a.m. ET, when both initial jobless claims and the monthly reads on housing starts and building permits will hit the tape. Initial claims are expected to total 245,000 while housing starts should be flat over the prior month. Building permits are expected to rise 0.2%.

  • The post-election jump in consumer confidence is turning … Yahoo Finance - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 1:27 AM SGT
    The post-election jump in consumer confidence is turning into spending

    In the wake of Donald Trump’s election win, economic surveys more or less said the same thing: confidence was up.

  • NYU finance professor explains why the stock market … Yahoo Finance - Thu, Feb 16, 2017 12:03 AM SGT
    NYU finance professor explains why the stock market is more 'Game of Thrones' than 'Snow White'

    NYU finance professor Aswath Damodaran is a number-cruncher. “This book is as much about my journey from just trusting the numbers to understanding that numbers alone can never make a valuation of an investment,” Damodaran told Yahoo Finance in an interview. Below are some of the key quotes, lightly edited, from our wide-ranging …

  • We just got a bunch of great news about the US eco … Yahoo Finance - Wed, Feb 15, 2017 9:59 PM SGT
    We just got a bunch of great news about the US economy

    A batch of data released at 8:30 a.m. ET showed that retail sales, inflation, and manufacturing activity all topped expectations. In January, retail sales rose 0.4% over the prior month, better than the 0.1% that economists were expecting. Inflation, which has big implications for the Federal Reserve, also topped expectations …

  • Inflation and retail sales — What you need to know … Yahoo Finance - Mon, Feb 13, 2017 4:50 AM SGT
    Inflation and retail sales — What you need to know for the week ahead

    The Dow gained 96 points to close at 20.269.37, the S&P 500 gained 8 points to close at 2,316.10, while the Nasdaq added 19 points to close at 5,734.13. On Friday afternoon, Federal Reserve board governor Daniel Tarullo said he would resign from the Fed, leaving the central bank on or around April 5. This now creates …

  • Consumers in focus — What you need to know in markets … Yahoo Finance - Fri, Feb 10, 2017 6:12 AM SGT
    Consumers in focus — What you need to know in markets on Friday

    Stocks are back at record highs. On Friday, the earnings calendar will slow considerably, and the economic schedule will also be light. The highlight will come at 10:00 a.m. ET when the first reading on consumer sentiment in February from the University of Michigan will be released.

  • Why Trump deserves extreme vetting—from the press Yahoo Finance - Fri, Feb 10, 2017 3:25 AM SGT

    With President Trump now in the White House, I’ve written several pieces criticizing his economic plan, predicting key proposals such as a huge infrastructure plan may never materialize, and asking skeptically when Trump will get around to helping the “forgotten men and women” he championed while campaigning. Many Trump …

  • Why it's a mistake for investors to get excited … Yahoo Finance - Fri, Feb 10, 2017 2:25 AM SGT
    Why it's a mistake for investors to get excited about Trump's tax cuts

    “I don’t think anyone’s going to make money trying to look at tax opportunities,” said Fundstrat’s Tom Lee at the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit on Wednesday. “It’s very quickly discounted… At the stock level, the tax opportunities are transitory at best. Instead of focusing on tax opportunities, one of the market’s …

  • 'Dark shadows' — What you need to know in markets … Yahoo Finance - Thu, Feb 9, 2017 6:33 AM SGT
    'Dark shadows' — What you need to know in markets on Thursday

    The economic calendar is light this week, but Thursday will bring one of the week’s bigger economic events with the weekly report on initial jobless claims. On the earnings side, things will be considerably more busy, with headline reports coming from Coca-Cola (KO), Dunkin Brands (DNKN), Nvidia (NVDA), Pandora (P), Yelp …

  • Barclays CEO nails why machines haven't completely … Yahoo Finance - Thu, Feb 9, 2017 5:41 AM SGT
    Barclays CEO nails why machines haven't completely displaced bank tellers

    One of the big themes that emerged from the inaugural Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit was that we’re going to live in a bipolar world, where things could either go really well or really badly. “In a way, we’re going to get used to a bipolar world. Bipolar means there can be some great upsides and really positive things …

  • Trumponomics: An outstanding opportunity to buy banking … ZUU online - Wed, Feb 8, 2017 10:07 AM SGT
    Trumponomics: An outstanding opportunity to buy banking stocks

    A US Trump Administration will inject a high degree of uncertainty surrounding the global economic outlook with an important risk of increased trade protectionism. These pressures will hurt the Singapore economy, especially if there is a serious deterioration in US relations with China.

  • All Markets Summit — What you need to know in markets … Yahoo Finance - Wed, Feb 8, 2017 7:04 AM SGT
    All Markets Summit — What you need to know in markets on Wednesday

    On the earnings side, Wednesday will be highlighted by earnings from Goodyear, Whole Foods, and Yum Brands. Following Donald Trump’s win in the US election, stocks went into rally mode. The White House was also excited.

  • Why stock market volatility has disappeared Yahoo Finance - Wed, Feb 8, 2017 3:20 AM SGT
    Why stock market volatility has disappeared

    In the early days of the Trump administration, news headlines would suggest a chaotic, uncertain world for investors to navigate. As measured by the decline in the CBOE’s Volatility Index, also known as the VIX and commonly referred to as the “fear index,” concerns among investors have been on the decline. Cowen added …

  • This one stock will reflect the state of US-Mexico … Yahoo Finance - Wed, Feb 8, 2017 12:35 AM SGT
    This one stock will reflect the state of US-Mexico relations

    If you want to know how the market feels about US-Mexico relations, just watch shares of Kansas City Southern (KSU). The railroad major, which has a market cap of around $9 billion, has 48% of its revenue directly exposed to Mexico, by far the most among members of the S&P 500. Kansas City Southern has by far the most …

  • 2017 Stock Market Outlook: Buffett, Soros, Rogers, … ZUU online - Tue, Feb 7, 2017 5:15 PM SGT
    2017 Stock Market Outlook: Buffett, Soros, Rogers, Gundlach and Dalio

    Yes, 2016 was a really messy year. And yes, some of its effects will carry on to 2017. But the STI was not greatly affected, as we could see from its performance at year end. So it's not all doom and gloom for Singapore this year.

  • GM, Disney, and JOLTS — What you need to know in markets … Yahoo Finance - Tue, Feb 7, 2017 6:36 AM SGT
    GM, Disney, and JOLTS — What you need to know in markets on Tuesday

    On Tuesday, two of the week’s biggest headliners will cross the tape as General Motors (GM) will report earnings before the market open and Disney (DIS) releasing results after the bell. On the economic data front, we’ll get the December job openings and labor turnover survey, or JOLTS report, out on Tuesday morning.  …

  • For the first time since the recession, America's … Yahoo Finance - Mon, Feb 6, 2017 9:15 PM SGT
    For the first time since the recession, America's biggest companies are getting smaller

    The unemployment rate also rose, though this was because of an increase in labor force participation. Aside from soft earnings, however, elsewhere in the labor market we’re seeing another trend that casts some doubt on just how strong the hiring environment is, as employment at big US companies is slowing for the first …

  • Earnings and JOLTS — What you need to know for the … Yahoo Finance - Mon, Feb 6, 2017 3:43 AM SGT
    Earnings and JOLTS — What you need to know for the week ahead

    Donald Trump’s second week in office is in the books. Dozens of major corporate earnings were released, with highlights coming from Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), and Amazon (AMZN), while the week was capped with the January jobs report. Looking out to next week, the economic calendar lightens up a bit, with the JOLTS report …

  • Gold price to reach US$1,350 in 2017 ZUU online - Sun, Feb 5, 2017 10:26 PM SGT
    Gold price to reach US$1,350 in 2017

    Gold is often referred to as a safe haven, and is perhaps one of the most widely recognized alternative investments.  Historically, gold has attracted investors […]

  • The year of the Fire Rooster: a phoenix or fried c … ZUU online - Sun, Feb 5, 2017 10:26 PM SGT
    The year of the Fire Rooster: a phoenix or fried chicken?

    Yes, 2016 was a really messy year. And yes, some of its effects will carry on to 2017. But the STI was not greatly affected, as we could see from its performance at year end. So it's not all doom and gloom for Singapore this year.

  • The hottest topic during earnings season has not been … Yahoo Finance - Sat, Feb 4, 2017 8:06 PM SGT
    The hottest topic during earnings season has not been Donald Trump

    Fourth quarter earnings season is a bit more than halfway done. “The macro backdrop continued to be a major focus during [fourth quarter] earnings calls,” writes Lori Calvasina, an analyst at Credit Suisse. “Similar to prior quarters, FX/currency has been the most popular macro topic among S&P 500 companies.

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