02Sep2015 Pre-Market Commentary: Pre-Market Up, Oil Down But Trading Sideways, Markets Expected To Put In Another Negative Day If WTI Oil Falls


Written by Gary

U.S. stock Futures indexes are up 1%, Oil is down in the 44's and the U.S. dollar is melting higher. Asian Markets closed fractionally in the red and the European markets are fractionally in the green as investors continue to worry about Global Financial issues.

Global stock markets have steadied, but deepening worries about China are keeping investors on edge. U.S. private employers only added 190,000 jobs in August, short of economists' expectations. If oil falls so will the markets.

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What We Read Today 01 September 2015

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary 'reading list' which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for 'reading list' items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

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Searching For Higher Wages

from Liberty Street Economics

-- this post authored by Luis Armona, Samuel Kapon, Laura Pilossoph, Aysegul Sahin, and Giorgio Topa

Since the peak of the recession, the unemployment rate has fallen by almost 5 percentage points, and observers continue to focus on whether and when this decline will lead to robust wage growth. Typically, in the wake of such a decline, real wages grow since there is more competition for workers among potential employers. While this relationship has historically been quite informative, real wage growth more recently has not been commensurate with observed declines in the unemployment rate.

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Infographic Of The Day: College Student Storage Tips

When summer finally rolls around, the last thing you want to do is drag your entire dorm room contents all the way home (especially if you typically fly home and ship your belongings) and try to squeeze your stuff into your parents’ house.

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Video of the Day:

The Extreme Ice Survey captures time lapse videos of glaciers melting in the Arctic. CNN's Derek Van Dam interviews the founder.

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2Q2015 (Revised): Headline Productivity Improves, Costs Down.

Written by Steven Hansen

A simple summary of the headlines for this release is that the growth of productivity exceeded the growth of costs (headline quarter-over-quarter analysis). The year-over-year analysis says the opposite. I personally do not understand why anyone would look at the data in this series as the trends are changed from release to release - and significantly between the preliminary and final release..

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