CAREC Countries E-Commerce Progress

In 2015, Central Asia made some important improvements in the environment for cross-border e-commerce: Kazakhstan’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) will boost commercial transparency, while the Kyrgyz Republic’s membership in the Eurasian Customs Union expands its consumer base.

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Despite Big News, Futures Speculators Limited Big Moves

The latest Commitment of Traders report covers the week ending February 2 that included the FOMC meeting and the BOJ's surprise cut.  There was also speculation of a potential deal between Russia and OPEC to cut output.  Speculative position adjustment in the futures market was more limited than one might have expected.

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The Dollar on its Heals, at Least for a Week

The US dollar traded higher before the weekend with the help a fairly robust jobs report.  Although the jobs growth itself was somewhat disappointing, the details were constructive:  More people working a longer workweek and earning more.  The participation rate rose, and the unemployment rate (U-3) fell.  The Atlanta Fed GDPNow tracker increased to 2.2% in Q1 16 from 1.2% at the start of the week.

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Try (Not) Using Your Head

Right in the middle of football’s biggest party week, there was more tragic news on the head injury front. Ken Stabler, the flamboyant Oakland Raiders quarterback who led his team to a Super Bowl victory in January 1977, was found to have had brain disease – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE – when he died of colon cancer last July.

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Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people.
Wendell Philips
He who controls the money supply of a nation controls the nation.
James A. Garfield
The moment that government appears at market, the principles of the market will be subverted.
Edmund Burke