04 January 2013 - 6:24 am
The Nikkei index surged to a 22-month intraday high in early Tokyo trading Friday, bolstered by the U.S. Congress’ passage of a bill to avoid the fiscal cliff and the yen’s continued weakness against the U.S. dollar.
At 9:15 a.m., the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average was up 290.64 points, or 2.80 percent, from Dec. 28 at 10,685.82, a level unseen since March 4, 2011. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange was up 25.02 points, or 2.91 percent, at 884.82 in the first session of 2013.
All 33 sectors were in positive territory, led by carmakers, tire makers and insurers.
Japan’s financial markets were closed until Thursday for the New Year holidays.
03 January 2013 - 5:57 am
We already knew that the US crossed the debt ceiling on New Year’s day. It is, however, one thing to read a Geithner press release, it is another to see America’s ridiculous debt it in action. So here it is, courtesy of TreasuryDirect, in all its debt ceiling glory: $16,432,730,050,569.12, with the debt subject to the ceiling at the limit of $16.394 trillion.
And with that we can close the books on the first quarter of Fiscal 2013, in which US public debt grew by $366 billion, some $122 billion per month on average. >> Read More
02 January 2013 - 10:29 am
Moments ago, Boehner voted to enact “Obama’s tax cuts”, which is the new de facto Bush tax cuts (which expired yesterday), and which will raise the budget deficit over the next decade by $4 trillion, yet which at the same time paradoxically also hiked taxes on nearly three quarters of Americans with an emphasis on the wealthiest 1%. Now, Boehner also issues a statement to advise his constituency just what issue he will cave on next: spending.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement following passage of the Senate agreement on the fiscal cliff:
“The federal government has a spending problem that has led to a $16 trillion national debt that threatens our country’s future. On the day after the election, I proposed that both parties work together to avert the fiscal cliff in a manner that would ensure 2013 is the year we finally enact entitlement reform and pro-growth tax reform to begin to solve our country’s debt problem. >> Read More
01 January 2013 - 0:34 am
What are our top trading resolutions for 2013?
V ictory (Over Emotions)
Most traders could benefit from being more disciplined with their trading. Discipline in trading takes many forms. But it can be summarized as just doing what we know needs to be done.
For example, a common New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. Losing weight is simple in theory—we just need to eat healthy foods and exercise more. Just say no to the doughnut and yes to the salad—simple! Of course, sticking to your plan is anything but easy, which is where discipline comes into play. Just do what we know needs to be done.
If I could target only two things to be more disciplined in next year’s trading they would be:
- Cut losing trades: Do everything to keep losses small.
- Let profits run: Don’t fall prey to the fear of a small profit slipping away. >> Read More
31 December 2012 - 15:01 pm
2012 – I barely knew you. Another year has passed and another one is ahead. This is the single best of time year when you can begin to think about all the things you want to improve or achieve in the upcoming year. Time management and goal achievement is all about planning. If you’re not thinking ahead you’re falling behind.
Anyhow, I really liked this image I saw on Facebook about the difference between the way successful people view the world and the way unsuccessful people view the world. Obviously, there is no single indicator that is going lead to success and there’s certainly no holy grail to success, but I think this provides some pretty good general guidelines. A lot of these are things I need to do some serious work on. I hope you find it helpful and thought provoking as you plan the new year:
Accept responsibility for their failures
Keep a journal
Want others to succeed
Keep a “to be” list
Set goals and develop life plans
Operate from a transformational perspective
Have a sense of gratitude
Give other people credit for their victories
Read every day
Talk about ideas
Share info and data
Keep a “to do” list. >> Read More
31 December 2012 - 14:26 pm
In her new year message, the German chancellor warned that 2013 will be challenging , saying:
I know that many are also heading into the new year with trepidation. And indeed, the economic environment next year will not be easier, but more difficult. That should not discourage us, but – on the contrary – serve as an incentive.
And on the eurozone crisis, she was adamant that more work must be done, despite the progress made this year:
The European sovereign debt crisis shows us how important this balance is. The reforms we have agreed to are beginning to take effect. But we still need a lot of patience. The crisis is far from over.
More needs to be done internationally, as well, to monitor the financial markets. The world has not sufficiently learned the lesson of the devastating financial crisis of 2008. For never again must such irresponsibility be allowed to take hold as it did then. In the social market economy, the state is the guardian of order, and the public must be able to place its trust in it.
The full text is online, in English, here.
30 December 2012 - 8:20 am
The big event this weekend is the progress (or not) of the Fiscal Cliff negotiations in the US.
- Obama is being interviewed on NBC’s Meet The Press, 10.30am ET (1530GMT) Sunday.
- The US Congress’ House of Representatives reconvenes 6.30pm ET (2330GMT) Sunday. Early Asian markets will be open by then (but still in Christmas/New Year holiday mode; and also note its a holiday in Japan. Expect very thin liquidity and potential for exaggerated price moves).
In other items from the weekend so far:
- France’s Constitutional Council has rejected the 75% upper income tax rate planned to be introduced by President Francois Hollande. In response, the government is redrafting the proposed law. Gerard Depardieu hasn’t commented, or moved back from Belgium.
30 December 2012 - 8:18 am
Not much … from the WaPo: Senators trade proposals into night to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’
Senate negotiators labored late into Saturday over a last-ditch plan to avert the “fiscal cliff,” struggling to resolve key differences over how many wealthy households should face higher income taxes in the new year and how to tax inherited estates.
As nightfall approached, top Democratic and Republican aides continued shuttling paperwork with the latest proposals back and forth between the two leaders’ offices, less than 50 steps apart.
If all goes according to plan, the leaders would roll out the legislation Sunday night and hold a vote by at least midday Monday, giving the House the rest of New Year’s Eve to consider the measure.
27 December 2012 - 23:28 pm
Dubbed as one of the locomotive countries of the European Union, France saw its unemployment rate climb to the highest levels in the past 14 years.
A statement issued by the French Labour Ministry said the number of unemployed has been rising in the last 18 months.
The statement said 45 thousand people became unemployed in October, which brought the number of jobless in France to 3 million 103 thousand.
Unemployment rate in France reached its highest level since April 1998.
Rapid rise in the unemployment rate is reported to be influential in the falling public support for French President François Hollande.
The Socialist government stresses that it inherited a wreck from former President Nicolas Sarkozy, and now prepares to introduce a stimulus package starting from new year. Among the measures to be implemented, lowering corporate tax rates and deepening conditions of competition stand out.