Mohamed Elazab

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The new faces setting monetary policy in 2016

A new year means new faces on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy committee.<p>The Federal Open Market Committee, which makes decisions about interest …

Oil, ore and inquiries: 10 things to watch for in 2016

The 12 months of 2015 brought us plenty of newsworthy events. There was hardship in the oil sector, pain in the Labrador trough and a tragic shooting …

Hard Times: Five Russians' Hopes, Fears For 2016

MOSCOW -- 2015 has been a tough year for many Russians. The economy has been mired in recession. Dragged down by oil prices, the ruble has languished …

Eight keywords of China's economy in 2016[1]

<b>1.Supply-side</b><p>While expanding the overall demand at a reasonable pace, China will pay more attention to structural reforms on the supply side and …

The Best and Worst of the U.S. Economy in 2015

It wasn't all that bad a year to be a Motown resident, or a software publisher, or even a job seeker without a high school degree. Homeowners in West …

The Cracks Begin to Show: the UK Economy in 2015

The EREP network – Economists for Rational Economic Policies (of which I am a member) – has published its Review of the UK Economy in 2015, with a …

Correction: Financial Markets-The Year in Deals story

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Dec. 31 about global deals, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Dow DuPont's products will include Teflon and …

Natural Gas

Not Even OPEC Can Fix Oil Glut — Energy Journal

The level of global oil production is so uncertain that investors are having a hard time trying to determine if the oil market is close to a bottom. In Russia, Brazil and Norway, for example, output this year exceeded projections.

Oil

2015: The year of the central banker (again)

<b>Central banks played a major role in saving the global economy from depression in the wake of the global financial crisis, but perhaps their medicine</b> …

Economics

THE YEAR IN CHARTS

The oil collapse. Job losses in Alberta. Rate hikes. Rate cuts. And, of course, the Greek debt crisis. 2015 saw no shortage of major business stories. Here are 10 charts that make sense of the year that was.<p>The oil slump<p>The freefall in commodity prices gained momentum in 2015, battering …

Business (Canada)

Global Economy Scenarios For 2016: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

2015 was a sluggish year for the global economy. Economic growth came in below targets set by major international institutions. Easy money failed to boost consumer and investment demand around the globe.<p>2015 Growth Rates For Major Economies<p>*China’s debt doesn’t include the debt of State Owned …

Economy

Financial Markets Were Flat in 2015. Thank Goodness.

Name a financial asset — any financial asset. How did it do in 2015?<p>The answer, in all likelihood: Meh.<p>It might have made a little money. It might have lost a little money. But, barring any drastic moves in the final trading days of 2015, the most widely held classes of assets, including stocks and …

Stock Markets

What Economic Forecasters Got Right, and Wrong, in 2015

It’s clear what threw prognosticators and policy makers for the biggest loop with their economic forecasts for 2015: oil.

Dow Jones

The World Economy's Winners and Losers in 2015

When the final numbers are tallied, 2015 will probably count as another disappointing year for global growth.<p>The muted performance came even as …

On-Page Elements Rule: Top Design, User Experience & Conversions Columns Of 2015

The fundamentals of user experience, landing page optimization and buyer psychology will always be in style, though the details of how to achieve …

UX Design

Illustrator Amusingly "Unmasks" the True Identities of Pop Culture Icons for New Book

Alex Solis continues to marvel us with his clever series <i>Icons Unmasked</i>. The witty cartoon-style portraits reveal the unknown “identities” of famous characters in pop culture, and their costumed alter-egos might surprise you. All along, a babbling Minion has been lurking beneath the facade of a …

Kickstarter

Year in Review: Top Stories on Real Time Economics in 2015

From the state of the economy way back in January to December’s low, low gas prices, here are 10 posts on Real Time Economics that captured your attention this year.

Economics

The War Against Cash, Part I

Politicians hate cash.<p>That may seem an odd assertion given that they love spending money (other people’s money, of course, as illustrated by this cartoon).<p>But what I’m talking about is the fact that politicians get upset when there’s not 100 percent compliance with tax laws.<p>They hate tax havens …

Finance

Western oil firms must innovate or die

Companies such as Exxon, Shell and BP could stop exploring and provide equipment, knowhow and technologies to oil-producing countries<p>Now that oil prices have settled into a long-term range of $30-50 a barrel (as described here a year ago), energy users everywhere are enjoying an annual income boost …

Oil

Opinion: The four biggest geopolitical risks in 2016

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Project Syndicate) — The end of the year is a good time to consider the risks that lie ahead of us. There are of course important …

These 5 Trends Will Shape the Global Economy in 2016

Every year brings its share of economic events that take us by surprise. Few people predicted the collapse in oil prices that started in the summer …

Is The U.S. Economy Really In Trouble? A Debate

Is The U.S. Economy Really In Trouble? A Debate by Gary D. Halbert<p><b>FORECASTS & TRENDS E-LETTER<br>by Gary D. Halbert<br>November 3, 2015</b><p><b>IN THIS ISSUE</b><p><b>3Q GDP</b> …

Goldman: Government Spending Is About to Boost the U.S. Economy for the First Time Since 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama praised the budget plan that raises the debt ceiling and maps out the government's outlays through 2017 as "a good piece …

Economist's View

Rhys Bidder of the SF Fed (I should probably note that these are his views, not the Fed's, though I hope the Fed is paying attention):

Economics

Why Auto Sales are the Lone Bright Spot in the U.S. Economy

U.S. automakers had another superlative month, with GM (GM), Fiat-Chrysler (FCAU), and Ford (F) all announcing that light-vehicle sales had jumped …

Banks are seriously discussing negative interest rates for normal people's savings

Normally, this doesn't happen. Banks want your cash, and pay you interest on it, because the more deposits they have, the more they can lend it to others who pay them even more on their investments.<p>But interest rates in Europe are so close to zero — and economic activity is so sluggish — that some …

Real estate market predicted to be favorable through 2017

According to 48 of the real estate industry’s top economists and analysts, the next three years will continue to be favorable for real estate.The new …

Real Estate

Triple-Top Tuesday - 2,100 and Bust Again on S&P 500?

<b>Here we go again!</b><p><b>Yet another low-volume, BS rally takes us back to the "breakout" level of S&P 2,100 and we get moves like this because TA sheeple are so easy to fool that fooling them has essentially turned into a profit center at many iBanks and Hedge Funds.</b><p>After all, what is the value of a stock …

Stock Markets

No matter where in the world you look, bonds are flashing the same ominous signals

Ask any bond trader in Tokyo, London or New York what their view on the global economy is, and you’re likely to get a similar, decidedly downbeat …