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.
On Monday June 22nd, Greece extended an olive branch to its European creditors by proposing structural reforms to its welfare state.European markets took a dive last week when negotiations stalled over how to best reform Greece’s pensions system. International Monetary Fund (IMF) negotiators, backed by the EU and Germany, insisted. Read More
Will 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 would. Read More
Strong 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
Negotiations between Greece and its European creditors fell apart on Sunday as delegates came to an impasse over spending cuts. To fund the interest payments on its debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Greece must find a resolution before June 30, 2015. The European Union (EU) ceased its aid program to Greece 10 months ago,. Read More
On Tuesday June 2, 2015, Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics office, released the eurozone area’s inflation data for May, which is at an annualized rate of 0.3%. (Source: Eurostat, June 2, 2015.)All Components Increased Except for EnergyThe positive 0.3% inflation in May is an improvement from April’s zero percent.. Read More