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Obama ready to cut social security for budget deal

Yesterday…
it was all about central banks: the Bank of Japan expanded its asset purchasing program to JPY7tn per month, which will increase the Japanese monetary base to JPY270tn – double – by early 2014. read article

Both the Bank of England and the ECB left their policies alone. Mario Draghi shared mixed views of the European economy, saying it was to benefit from improving financial markets sometime soon, while bank lending was negative and needed encouraging. Interest rate cuts are possible again.

This morning…
we’re waiting for US non-farm payrolls, expected to show 190,000-200,000 jobs added in March (according to Bloomberg and Dow Jones respectively), as opposed to 236,000 in February, with a steady unemployment rate of 7.7. read article

President Obama is willing to cut social security spending to finally get a budget deal together, the White House announced this morning. The new proposal would see cuts worth $1.8tn over the next decade and will piss off a lot of Democrats and unions. read article

Weekend reading…
women and Wall Street (again) read article
– why the French are an un’appy folk, read article
– the deal with interest rates, read article

Have a good weekend.

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Spain runs out of money for the 87th time, China under pressure

Most of today’s bad news come from Spain, where Moody’s downgraded five regions, including Catalonia, the Scotland of Spain, that accounts for a fifth of GDP, questioning the effectiveness of Spain’s regional liquidity fund. So far €17.2bn have been drawn from the fund which is capped at €18bn, leaving little leeway to change much with the remaining €800m. Moreover, Spain is under way to accrue a budget deficit of 7.3% for this year. That exceeds the target set by the EU by one percent. The Spanish newspaper El Confidencial attributes the missed target to €10.5bn deficit in the country’s social security system. Wild guess: the money went towards unemployment benefits? read article

Chinese companies are facing pricing pressures due to what Bloomberg calls “the worst wholesale-cost deflation since 2009, signaling corporate earnings may deteriorate further and putting a damper on global inflation pressures.” If you are the rest of the world and believe in quantitative easing, this is a good thing, because it gives more room to stimulate growth by pumping money into the economy. If you’re China, it’s pretty shit. The country’s industrial output fell 6.2% YOY in August and wholesale prices dropped 3.6% in September, the biggest decrease since October 2009, the benchmark year for the post-Lehman inferno. read article

Yahoo reported earnings, for the first time under management of Marissa poster-child-for-mother-with-high-profile-career Mayer, performing better than expected overall, mostly on the back of the sell-off of its Alibaba stake, while actual revenue fell. Mayer wants to turn the business around by developing Yahoo’s mobile applications, catering to all of us smartphone users who need to check everything all the time and now there’s 4G as well woohoo! Yahoo shares rose on the promises. read article

In the final presidential debate in the US election, Romney and Obama played an expected blame game of “would you really want that man to be your Commander in Chief?!” According to European papers, Obama had the clear lead, while the American commentators are either less impressed or more confused than before. NYTimes CNN WaPo

So much for now.

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