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US companies: When having too much money is a bad sign (II)

World economy

WASHINGTON | By Pablo Pardo | Having €2.83 trillion in the bank and not knowing what to do with it is a problem that everybody would love to have. But it is actually a really serious problem for 316.1 million Americans, especially for those whose income increased by 0.43% in 2013. And, by extension, for the other 6.8 bn of human beings in the planet. Behind this problem there is a lack of investment opportunities, without which investment in the US will remain in a state of weakness and heavily dependent on an inability to increase consumption.

World economy

US companies: When having too much money is a bad sign (I)

WASHINGTON | By Pablo Pardo | In the 1Q14, companies at Standard and Poor’s 500 spent more money to repurchase shares in comparison to the profits they had made during that period. And  third quarter data point in the same direction. Large American firms do this for several reasons, such as inflating their share price –because, the fewer number of shares, the more profits per share they’ll have, which in turn benefits  managers, who receive financial compensation in the form of company shares.

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World economy

A tale of US rebalancing, a looming liquidity crisis and the yuan’s arrival

By Miriam L. Campanella via CaixinThe supply of U.S. dollars in the global economy is set to shrink, and the yuan could fill the void if Chinese leaders and international monetary institutions are prepared to act

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Spain and Portugal are the Eurozone countries at most risk of “prolonged low inflation”

MADRID | The Corner | Internal demand is recovering within the euro area, activity is getting back on track and experts believe that companies are about to start investing, hiring more workers and boosting consumption. However, credit flow, the production gap and unemployment are still major challenges. Analysts at Cortal Consors think that Spain and Portugal are the Eurozone countries most at risk of a “prolonged period of low inflation or mild deflation.”

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Markets

ECB: in a perpetual state of readiness…

SAO PAULO | By Marcus Nunes via Historinhas | … and still failing miserably! That is the story of the ECB.

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In Europe

Luxleaks: Eurosceptics question Juncker’s ability to probe himself

MADRID | Álex García.

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Markets

ECB to start ABS purchases

MADRID | The Corner | The European Central Bank published the legal act for purchases of asset-backed securities, setting it up to start buying the debt as soon as this Friday. Proponents say the measure “could boost the shaky eurozone recovery by reducing borrowing costs for businesses, households and governments.” According to market watchers at Link Securities, Mario Draghi will reiterate the intention of adopting new measures to boost the economic growth in the Eurozone.

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