U.S. equities started the week lower after tensions in Syria weighed heavily on the markets. After news of the Syrian government reportedly using chemical weapons against its own people, President Obama, as well as other political leaders in Europe and the Middle East, responded quickly and began talks regarding whether or not an intervention will be needed. As a result, crude oil prices skyrocketed, while equities struggled to gain ground. Somewhat distracting investors from Syria’s conflict, U.S. GDP was revised up to a 2.5% annual rate versus the initial estimate of 1.7% [see The Best (And Worst) Performing ETFs For Every Quarter].
Below, we highlight seven insightful articles circulating around the financial space this week:
- The difference between risk and fear (A Dash of Insight)
- The “Great Lesson” from the Great Recession (The Fiscal Times)
- A bright spot in British REITs (Sizemore Insights)
- Could financial engineering backfire? (Short Takes)
- What a U.S.-led intervention in Syria could mean (Financial Sense)
- Copper is pointing to an economic slowdown (WaldockTrades)
- Solar gets a boost from the bond market (Institutional Investor)
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