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Job creation–or the lack thereof–has taken center stage throughout much of the developed world, emerging as one of the most substantial hurdles to economic growth and potential catalysts of a double dip recession. The jobs situation in the U.S. is shaping up to be the central issue in the next presidential election, sticking out as a critical failure of the current administration and hot topic in recent debates.

The stubbornly high unemployment rate in the U.S. is hardly abnormal in the current environment, especially among developed markets. In Spain more than 21% of the labor force is unemployed, and the youth unemployment rate has been reported to be close to twice that level. Greece and Ireland are among the other euro zone members that have seen unemployment rates skyrocket over the last couple of years, depressing equity markets and battering consumer confidence. [click to continue…]

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The recent economic crisis has led to a frenzy of activity on Wall Street, as we have seen dramatic swings in both directions on a regular basis. Starting with a debt deal that did little to reassure investors, markets began to drop. Next came the downgrade from S&P, the first ever from a domestic credit rating agency, shaking markets around the globe as worries about a prolonged period of stagnant economic growth intensified. Stocks recovered slightly towards the end of last week, but a statement from Fed Chair Ben Bernanke seemed to scare some investors as the Fed decided to hold rates at the current ultra-low levels until mid-2013, suggesting there is little hope for our economy to experience substantial growth in the coming years [see also Three Equity ETFs Crushed By Monday’s Massacre].

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The first full week in June has been anything but kind to investors looking to shed some of the losses that have accumulated over the last few weeks. In fact, Friday saw the Dow lose grip on the 12,000 benchmark as equities endured their sixth straight week of losses. The NASDAQ lost all of the […]

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The month of May was a generally disappointing stretch for investors, as both international and domestic equity markets struggled to overcome obstacles new and old. Commodities, which had been a nice source of absolute returns for much of the last year, fell on hard times as well; precious metals went into a brief freefall, and […]

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In times of turmoil investors tend to run for the exits of equities and other risky assets. Some investors are happy simply to park assets in cash until the storm clouds clear, while others gravitate towards safe havens–asset classes that perform well when risk aversion is running high and equities fall out of favor. Gold […]

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Earlier today the World Economic Forum released its yearly Global Competitiveness Report, which ranks 139 countries in the world on a variety of factors the Forum believes determines the level of productivity of a country, including the set of institutions, policies, and government programs. The Forum believes that this rate of productivity “sets the sustainable […]

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Seven ETFs To Invest Like Peter Schiff

by on August 26, 2010 | Updated November 8, 2012

With the housing market cratering, consumer confidence sagging, and catalysts for real economic growth nowhere to be found, many investors have quietly become pessimistic over the outlook for the U.S. economy. And then there’s the camp that has been much more vocal with forecasts of doom and gloom, a group that includes the always entertaining […]

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Many investors unlucky enough to maintain positions in European equities this year have felt the blowback from the worst financial crisis the euro zone has endured in its relatively short existence. Investors were quick to flee euro-denominated securities as anxiety over a potential debt crisis intensified, pulling down markets across the continent. While storm clouds […]

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Milton Friedman may no longer be with us, but the legend of the Nobel Prize winner has continued to build. Before his death in late 2006, Friedman predicted that the euro, one of the world’s most widely-used currencies, would not be able to withstand its first economic crisis. With much of Europe teetering on brink […]

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Many investors have complained that the big three credit rating agencies in the U.S.–Moody’s, S&P, and Fitch– dropped the ball on the sub-prime mortgage crisis, and have questioned the independence of these agencies and the value of their ratings. Some contend that if these firms had been more diligent, they wouldn’t have given glowing ratings […]

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Equity markets finished sharply lower last week as investors sold off virtually every asset class and the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq both lost more than 5%. Commodity markets also suffered as gold and oil fell dramatically while the euro strengthened. U.S. markets remained bogged down due to poor data reports on both the employment […]

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The recent recession and the seemingly ever-present fear of a double dip has caused many consumers to sharply cut back on their discretionary purchases. High unemployment levels across much of the developed world have not helped matters either, as governments have struggled to balance job creation programs with the implementation of austerity measures demanded by […]

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