Eurozone

Formally established in 1993, the eurozone, often referred to as the “European Union,” is a political and economic union established after the ratification of the Maastricht Treaty by members of the European Community. It has since expanded to include some Central and Eastern European nations. The establishment of the eurozone provided for the creation of a central European bank and the adoption of a common currency: the euro. The idea behind the eurozone is to create a single geographical market where goods, services, and money can be exchanged freely.

U.S. Economic Outlook for 2015: Economy Strong but Markets Unstable

By Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Economic Picture for 2015 Not RosyStrong Economic Data Points to Growth in 2015?

As 2014 winds down, many investors are wondering what the economic outlook for 2015 will be. If you look at the U.S. economic data that’s been trickling in, 2015 looks like it could be a very strong year.

The U.S. announced strong third-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 3.9%… Read More

Italy Downgraded, German Growth Slashed, Greek Stocks Collapse; 2015 Eurozone Depression Ahead

By Friday, December 12, 2014

2015 Eurozone Depression AheadWhile the mainstream was telling us last year (and well into 2014) that the eurozone economy was coming back, I held steadfast in my prediction that the eurozone’s economic problems would only worsen. Having had the luxury of visiting Europe on six different occasions this year, I’ve seen firsthand the deterioration in their ec… Read More

Stock Market Crash in 2015 is Coming, Despite Widespread Bullishness

By Friday, December 5, 2014

U.S. Stock Market Crash in 2015Will the U.S. Stock Market Crash in 2015?

With the broader U.S. stock markets trading near record highs, it’s not a big surprise to hear that most analysts, economists, and investors are increasingly bullish about the stock market. The last thing you’d expect to hear is someone talking about a stock market crash in 2015.

And why wo… Read More

The Risk-Reward Ratio of Buying Stocks Now

By Monday, November 24, 2014

The Risk-Reward Ratio of Buying Stocks NowIn the third quarter of 2014, gross domestic product (GDP) for the eurozone region increased by 0.2% from the previous quarter, when it increased only 0.1%. The growth in the region has been very dismal. Major countries like Germany and France are facing economic scrutiny now. In the third quarter, Germany’s economy grew by only 0…. Read More

Economic Stalling in Eurozone Inevitable?

By Friday, November 7, 2014

Economic Stalling in Eurozone InevitableWhen Germany recently announced some underachieving economic numbers, it was a red flag for the eurozone and Europe. When the stronger of the two pillars in the eurozone (France being the other pillar) begins to show some fragility, you have to take a step back to evaluate the situation.

Now, it shouldn’t be a complete surprise to yo… Read More