Mike Shedlock

Posted July 30, 2015

Economists were shocked by the plunge in the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index Wednesday morning, well below the any economist's guess in Bloomberg's Econoday Forecast.

Posted July 28, 2015

The crash in Chinese stocks continued today following a respite last week.

Posted July 24, 2015

Weekly initial unemployment claims fell to the Lowest level Since 1973, perhaps distorted by auto retooling summer shutdowns, or lack thereof.

Posted July 23, 2015

From mid-2012 until the beginning of 2014, US treasuries were in a steep decline (yield rising) in expectations of Fed rate hikes that never came.

Posted July 21, 2015

In spite of the fact that Uber is the most banned company in the world, it thrives for one simple reason: People like it, especially business travelers and millennials, even if politicians don't.

Posted July 16, 2015

Chinese GDP came in at 7% beating estimates (not that anyone really believes it, and I sure don't), but the good news stops there.

Posted July 15, 2015

In spite of counterproductive attempts by the Fed and Central Banks to foster price inflation, debt overhang has stymied those efforts, at least in regards to consumer prices and import/export prices

Posted July 13, 2015

In an emergency Saturday meeting, eurozone finance ministers have concluded that "under certain conditions", the latest Greek bailout proposal "may provide" a basis for negotiation.

Posted July 10, 2015

The IMF has only one legitimate purpose that I can figure out: To continually write position papers and articles silly enough to keep bloggers loaded with material for rebuttal.

Posted July 08, 2015

Every age group but 65 and older voted "No" in the referendum as the following Greek "No" Vote Demographics shows.

Posted July 06, 2015

The overheated Shanghai and Shenzhen markets have lost 29 and 32 per cent respectively over the past three weeks following 7-year highs reached on June 12.

Posted June 30, 2015

Eurozone leaders are pouring it on thick again today with warning after warning.

Posted June 26, 2015

Consumers came to life in May, as expected by the Bloomberg Econoday Consensus Estimate.

Posted June 25, 2015

In the durable goods May forecast, the Bloomberg Consensus Economist's Estimate was well off the mark.

Posted June 22, 2015

The NPR claims the most common job in 29 of 50 US states is truck driving.

Posted June 19, 2015

The mad dash and perhaps last dash for euros in Greece is on. Some will undoubtedly be frozen out as soon as the ECB halts emergency liquidity assistance (ELA) to Greek Banks.

Posted June 16, 2015

Following the rebound in consumer spending (heavily weighted to subprime auto sales), economists expected a rebound in Industrial Production.

Posted June 12, 2015

Economists got one right for a change. Retail sales bounced 1.2% led by autos vs. the Bloomberg Consensus Estimate of 1.3%.

Posted June 10, 2015

The Volcker Alliance, founded by former Fed chairman Paul Volcker has sounded an alarm over budget gimmicks. The alliance seeks Truth and Integrity in State Budgeting.

Posted June 04, 2015

Investors in general do not give a rat's ass about gold.