November 2015 Texas Manufacturing Survey Manufacturing Activity Improves.


Of the five Federal Reserve districts which have released their November manufacturing surveys - two are in contraction and three are in expansion. A complete summary follows.

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What We Read Today 29 November 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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U.S. Banks' Changing Footprint At Home And Abroad

from Liberty Street Economics

Some banks are quite simple, while others are part of complex multi-layered organizations with affiliates in many industries scattered all around the world. The latter organizations are formally called bank holding companies (BHCs). In this post, we investigate changes in BHC geography, especially the rising share of BHC affiliates in tax havens and financial secrecy jurisdictions.

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Infographic Of The Day: 32 Life Lessons From The Cutest Creatures In Fiction

Prepare for a cuteness overload!

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Video of the Day:

The potential Republican candidates weigh in on a variety of issues.

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30Nov2015 Pre-Market Commentary: What Will Cyber Monday Bring?

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Domestic Credit To Private Sector EMU Fail

by Dirk Ehnts, Econoblog101

For my new book on money and credit in the euro zone I use data on domestic credit to the private sector. Oddly enough, the data has been changed and is now significantly lower than before. The credit bubble has popped! The World Bank has the data series online (here). Domestic credit to GDP in Spain stood at 127.4 in 2014, down from a bit less than 200 in 2012. What?!

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October 2015 Pending Home Sales Index Improves Insignificantly

Written by Steven Hansen

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) seasonally adjusted pending home sales index insignificantly improved. Our analysis of pending home sales shows an index decline - but still forecasting relatively good gains in November existing home sales. The quote of the day from this NAR release:

Areas that are heavily reliant on oil-related jobs are the exception and have already started to see some softness in sales because of declining energy prices.

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