Thursday, December 31, 2015

Economic News & Views ( December 31 , 2015 ) In Focus Today (1. Refugee / Migration Items Of Note . 2 Greece Items Of Concern . 3 Spain Political Items Of Interest . 4 Terror Concerns Influence New Years Celebrations . 5 Frank Batters Scotland & Northern UK . 6 Turkey Items Of Note . 7 Russia In Focus . 8 Ukraine In Focus . 9 Commodities in Focus for 2015 . 10. China In focus . 11. Odds & Ends Catch-All ! )



New Year's Eve - Be safe out there ,  folks !














Around The Horn Today  .......







Munich police on Facebook: Emptied stations will not be operating, will be kept sealed off

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BREAKING: Munich threat may involve several groups of attackers in various locations - local broadcaster






GERMANY: UPDATE - Police say current info indicates that a terrorist attack has been planned in Munich, train stations are being evacuated.







DEVELOPING: Munich Police evacuate two train stations due to terror attack threat; ask people to not gather in crowds -








Just surreal! Huge hotel fire vs. New Years fireworks split-screen from


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Dubai: "The left side of the hotel is completely gone," Al Jazeera's Diana al-Rifai reports

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Live pictures from Al Arabiya TV (a few minutes ago) show Dubai tower fire still burning 3 hours after it broke out


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                               Definitely " That's The Way Of The World " - 2015 ....














2015 Currency Returns vs. US Dollar. Only the Israeli Shekel was higher.






2015 Commodity Returns.
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'15 Summary Easing: Europe/Canada/Korea/Australia/China/India Tightening: US/Mexico/Colombia/South Africa/Brazil
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Global 10-Year Yields: new all-time lows in 2015 in Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia, South Korea, & New Zealand.

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2-Year yields hit all-time lows throughout Europe in 2015. In the US: 38 bps higher.

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The 70 central bank easing measures of 2015.

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ready to negotiate with , says president

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UN envoy visiting Tripoli Jan 1 to discuss when new UN-brokered govt. of national accord can come to the city







Head of the municipality, Omar al-Barassi, denies meeting with the GNC's Nouri Abusahmain.
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in over failure to pay off $3Bln to


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Ukrainian supplies to halted after transmission line downed
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Catalan Socialists call on Podemos to drop referendum demand and create "alternative" to PP


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Chicago PMI comes in at 42.9. Has never been this low outside of recession.
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From earlier today ....











Poland’s new leader seems hungry for total control. The west can’t look away | Remi Adekoya







: Three officers wounded as police disperse ‘unauthorized’ march with water cannons

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Are clashes spreading to western Turkey?









Erdogan vows no respite in Turkey's war on Kurds








Germany's largest newspaper: Authorities downplay refugee crime surge to avoid fueling anti-immigrant sentiment







Armed Robberies Took Place in Three Athens Supermarkets







234,857 Employees Leave the Public Sector Due to Economic Crisis
















Good riddance 2015. Bloomberg Commodity Index down 25%

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Greek retail sales fall 2.5 pct year on year in October

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WTI CRUDE EXTENDS LOSS, DROPPING 27 CENTS TO $36.33/BBL: BBG









Oil ends 2015 in downbeat mood; hangover to be long, painful





Waiting for the New Year in an square - Dec. 31, 2015 -

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: Six more held over alleged New Year's 'attack plot' in Brussels

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IS says it carried out gun attack in Dagestan, Russia, that left 1 dead & 11 injured

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launches counterattack in war with

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Germany's Merkel calls refugee influx ‘an opportunity’

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Emerging market currencies had worst year since Asian financial crisis of late 1990s
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World's best currency in 2015? Not US Dollar or Swiss Franc. comes out on top of the rank.

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batters Scotland causing severe flooding and leaving thousands without power - in

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'hymn' neck and neck with in German charts
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Nearly 1.1 million migrants arrived in Germany in 2015

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Good Riddance 2015. Gold down three years in a row. Longest run of losses since turn of century.

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revokes licenses of 19 ‘-oriented’ tour operators

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French journalist Ursula prepares to leave China

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An island between tragedy and hope on the refugee trail






Belgium makes tenth arrest in Paris attacks investigation
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'No human rights policy discount for Turkey' declares German human rights commissioner

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Four suspected of stealing tax refunds: Stole tax agency letters, impersonated recipients






SMEs take brunt of 2015 market unrest





Tourism alone defies the recession






OPEC DEC. PRODUCTION RISES TO 32.635M B/D, JBC ENERGY ESTIMATES




House price drop second to worst in the world





BREAKING — All City Lines ferry services in Istanbul have been cancelled due to heavy snow storm
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Municipalities of Gortyna, Salamina declare bankruptcy






Banks ask for easing of controls





Record-breaking 13,000 asylum seekers arrive in Spain in 2015
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Pension proposals being finalized for lenders’ scrutiny





Belgium cancels New Year fireworks over terror threat:

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Ouch! services PMI contracts more than expected in december as consumers cut back.

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Kiev hikes transit fees for Gazprom

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Madrid steps up security for New Year festivities - access to Sol area limited for 1st time
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Polish government moves to control public media
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Podemos' Catalan list consider blocking coalitn w PSOE ovr referendum As I wrote 3 days ago






cracks whip on foreign banks w/ forex shut-out to stem capital flight as CNH plunges.
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stocks end 2015 up 9.4%, beating Wall Street after a very volatile year.
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Investors prepare to bid farewell to a volatile 2015. Asian + EM stocks head for 2015 loss.

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Battered Yuan posts worst year since 1994 as HSBC preaches calm.
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Good morning from Berlin. Asia markets mixed as oil trades below $37/bbl and has further devalued the Yuan.

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