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Existing home sales down in October, but still up over last year

November 20, 2013

Here's a look at today's existing home sales data from the National Association of Realtors:

U.S. consumer prices fall 0.1% in October

November 20, 2013

Consumer prices fell unexpectedly in October by 0.1%, in part due to falling gas prices, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Consumer Price Index has increased 1% over the last 12 months, the smallest such increase since October 2009.

MAVEN: The NASA satellite headed on a 3,728-mile orbit above Mars

November 19, 2013

Correction: A previous version of the headline of this post mistakenly confused the distance to Mars and the distance of the orbit from which it will observe the planet. We regret the error. 

The U.S.’s tame wage inflation

November 19, 2013

High unemployment and a slow economic recovery are keeping wages from rising quickly, Reuters reports on new labor cost data. “Wages and salaries, which account for 70 percent of employment costs, rose 0.3 percent in the third quarter after gaining 0.4 percent in the prior period,” Reuters writes. Here’s more: 

China’s one-child policy in charts

November 18, 2013

On Friday, China announced its intention to relax its one-child policy, after more than 30 years. Reuters’ Sui-Lee Wee and Li Hui report that the shift has been under consideration for the last five years. The complex set of family planning policies, they write, are “now regarded by many experts as outdated and harmful to the economy”, due in part to an aging population.

Who’s buying US debt?

November 18, 2013

 Here’s a Reuters graphic answering this question, based on new Treasury sales data for September. 

America’s problem with productivity — and wages

November 15, 2013

Yesterday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics Released third quarter productivity and labor costs data. Non-farm worker productivity grew at an annual rate of 1.9% versus a 1.8% increase in the previous quarter, while non-farm labor costs fell at an annual rate of 0.6%. In other words, workers aren’t getting much more productive, and, by one measure, wages aren’t really increasing either.

The global diabetes epidemic in charts

November 15, 2013

Nearly one in ten people globally will have some form of diabetes by 2035, the International Diabetes Federation predicts in a new report. There are some 382 million people living with the disease, but that could jump 55% by 2035, the IDF says. Here’s the full report (PDF) and Reuters’ report on same.

Europe’s battle against deflation, the market impact

November 13, 2013

Last week, Counterparties rounded-up the growing fears of deflation in Europe, as the European Central Bank’s surprise rate cut to stave off that threat.  Today, Reuters has more:

Argentina’s patriotic inflation stats

November 12, 2013

For a country where economists can be prosecuted for publishing independent estimates of inflation, Argentina won some unexpected praise from the IMF on Sunday. Chrstine LaGarde, the IMF’s managing director, said Argentina has made “positive progress” on its notoriously questionable economic data.