Global Investing

Olympic medal winners — and economies — dissected

August 13, 2012

The Olympic medals have all been handed out and the athletes are on their way home.  Which countries surpassed expectations and which ones did worse than expected? And did this have anything to do with the state of their economies?

Three snapshots for Thursday

May 10, 2012

The Bundesbank is preparing to stomach higher German inflation than it likes, above the European Central Bank’s target level, because of the euro zone crisis, a source at the central bank said on Thursday.

from MacroScope:

UK recession in charts

April 25, 2012

Britain's economy slid into its second recession since the financial crisis after official data unexpectedly showed a fall in output in the first three months of 2012:

Three snapshots for Wednesday

April 18, 2012

Spanish house prices fell 7.2 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier while Spanish banks’ bad loans rose to their highest level since October 1994 (see chart).

Three snapshots for Wednesday

April 4, 2012

Markets starting to worry about an end to QE/LTRO liquidity?

 

Forward looking PMI data is starting to show a divergence between the UK and the euro zone:

Three snapshots for Tuesday

April 3, 2012

A good sign for UK growth – activity in Britain’s construction sector unexpectedly accelerated in March, the Markit/CIPS ¬†Purchasing Managers’ Index rising to 56.7 from February’s 54.3.

Three snapshots for Wednesday

March 28, 2012

Spanish stocks jump out as the only only major equity market to miss out on the strong first quarter:

Three snapshots for Wednesday

March 21, 2012

Saudi Arabia has repeated publicly it would prime its pumps to meet any shortfall in exports from fellow OPEC member Iran, this chart shows their production since 1980: