Those of us in the financial industry have been looking carefully at the signs of recovery and how to read them. Earlier today I hosted a Thomson Reuters Newsmaker with the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Reuters editor-at-large Sir Harold Evans and the overriding sentiment is that a British recovery is under way, but “the job is very far from done.” (more…)
The euro zone unemployment rate was flat in August after easing in July for the first time in two years, showing the budding economic recovery was starting to have a positive impact on the labor market. Today’s graphic breaks down the unemployment rates for all the European countries.
The current year has been beset by periods of market uncertainty. By the post-holiday period, this had showed no signs of retreating. In fact, the prospect of Syria hostilities added to a docket already replete with event-risk potential.
Talk of tapering by the Federal Reserve has had the market transfixed since the middle of the year and has led to fairly dramatic shifts in Treasury yields and in funds flow. Emerging market currencies, bonds and equities have been hammered.
But where does the euro zone fit into this complex of globally inter-connected factors, events and eventualities? What does the remainder of 2013 hold in store for EZ government bond markets and how should we be viewing market opportunities for 2014?
The unemployment rate among Europeans aged 15-24 edged higher in Q1 of this year, as 23.5% of the youth in the EU27 were jobless. Today’s graphic breaks down the unemployment rate by countries in the EU27.
What does opportunity look like? Across the industries we serve, we help our customers identify the fundamental forces and changes that affect their worlds. The following story from our 2012 Annual Report uses the power of data visualization to simplify and unify complex sets of data, and illustrate the ways in which the ability to see and understand change can reveal powerful opportunities. (more…)
Cyprus said that a sale of its gold reserves was among the options for its contribution towards an international bailout, but ultimate responsibility rested with its central bank. Because of this, euro zone nations such as Italy and Portugal could come under pressure to put their bullion reserves to work. Today’s graphic looks at gold reserves as a percentage of debt and GDP for some of the world’s largest economies.