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Republicans Seize Control of U.S. Senate

[cfsp key=”video-roll-in”] After Tuesday’s mid-term elections, responses are anything but calm, cool, and collected. Democrats are devastated and blaming each other over such a huge loss in the elections. Meanwhile, Republicans are still in celebration mode. November 4 marked such a feat for the GOP, especially for Mitch McConnell in Kentucky (who will now replace...

Is the Rebel Ukraine Vote a Setback?

http://wallstreetdaily-1.wistia.com/medias/2yf7gb31s2?embedType=seo&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=530 Some say it’s illegitimate. Some even go as far as calling it a downright farce. One thing is for sure, though… no one can ignore the election in eastern Ukraine. Rebels say that it helps their separatist cause. In fact, Oleg, Rebel Unit Commander, adds: “We had a normal election. The fighters’ mood is...

ECB Says 25 European Banks Fail Stress Test

http://wallstreetdaily-1.wistia.com/medias/9w256e8ug2?embedType=seo&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=530 At the end of last year, one in five of the eurozone’s top lenders failed landmark health checks. But according to the European Central Bank (ECB), most have since repaired their finances. The ECB’s Vice President, Vitor Constancio, told a news conference in Frankfurt: “A total of $25-billion capital shortfalls were identified across 25...

Obama Signs Cyber-Security Order

http://wallstreetdaily-1.wistia.com/medias/ibhmdjfbog?embedType=seo&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=530 On October 17, President Obama signed an executive order that will make federal payments safer. Over this past year alone, millions of consumers have been put at risk, thanks to massive data breaches. So this order couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. In fact, Obama is urging banks and retailers to follow...

Strong Dollar to Inflict Minimal Pain

http://wallstreetdaily-1.wistia.com/medias/y7na4wkkes?embedType=seo&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=530 Just this past Friday, the U.S. dollar posted 11 straight weekly gains against other major currencies, growing 4.6% in the second quarter. But with the American dollar making headway, investors are worrying that U.S. corporate earnings will get hit. And here’s why… The dollar’s growth is attributed to the belief that we’re in recovery...

Silver Linings in a Lousy Jobs Report

http://wallstreetdaily-1.wistia.com/medias/emetmoq71m?embedType=seo&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=530 The July jobs report showed a glimpse of hope. But the August numbers don’t look so hot. What was supposed to be an additional 225,000 jobs panned out to be a mere 142,000. That’s the weakest monthly gain so far in 2014. What’s more, June and July’s numbers were knocked down a bit. More...

S. Korea’s New Economic Management

http://wallstreetdaily-1.wistia.com/medias/h9idvc6hol?embedType=seo&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=530 Japan is known for its “Abenomics”… but now South Korea is on the map with its “Choi-nomics,” thanks to Choi Kyung-hwan, its new Finance Minister. The veteran lawmaker and close ally of President Park Geun-hye took office a little over a month ago. In that short timeframe, he’s already making quite the impression. “Choi...

Russia Food Ban Not Bad for All

http://wallstreetdaily-1.wistia.com/medias/uh036aw5qa?embedType=seo&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=530 While the EU’s sanctions may be biting into Russia’s food trade market, hurting some EU firms in the process… one country has found a silver lining in the midst of it all. Serbia is hoping to capitalize on Russia’s ban on importing food from the West, and if things turn out well, agriculture experts...

Markets Celebrate Russia’s Ukraine Exit

http://wallstreetdaily-1.wistia.com/medias/haupkoym04?embedType=seo&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=530 It was only in June that we shared Putin’s dilemma. With all of the Ukrainian chaos, Putin could either help the separatists or adopt a softer tone, as was adopted following Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s election… Now, fast forward to breaking news: Russia declared that its military exercises near Ukraine’s border are finally over....

Job Market Takes Pressure Off the Fed

http://wallstreetdaily-1.wistia.com/medias/32p76kb3ni?embedType=seo&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=530 The jobs report gave the Federal Reserve just the right balance to keep the pressure (as well as interest rates) low. Though weaker than forecasted, non-farm payrolls are still solid – up 209,000 last month. And the unemployment rate hit 6.2%, thanks to workers who feel more confident about jumping back into the job...