Is Scottish Independence Logical After Brexit?

Scottish BrexitOne of the lines that divided Britain’s referendum on June 23rd, was the border between Scotland and England. On the Northern side of that border, there was overwhelming support for the ‘stay’ camp. The opposite was true on the southern side of the border. Taking into account that Scotland voted to stay in the UK by a margin of just 5% about two years ago, will the Brexit vote change the minds of Scotts in favor of independence now? Perhaps, Brexit managed to tip the scales in favor of Scottish independence, but a vote to quit the UK could be much more illogical than the way Brexit is perceived.

The first fact that voters must face is that an independent Scotland will not necessarily get membership in the EU. Quite on the contrary, Scotland’s EU accession negotiations could be quickly undermined by Spain and other countries trying to quell regional separatist movements of their own. But EU accession troubles are just the tip of the iceberg. read more…

Ontario Beats G7 Growth With High Debt Levels

Ontario News about Ontario’s impressive Q1 growth rate are topping financial news headlines all around. Its 0.8% Q1 GDP growth puts the province on pace to achieve a 3% annual growth rate. Those numbers are great in a world in which recession is just one hiccup away. However, those growth rates are not as impressive as they seem. There is definitely a lot more buzz around them than there should be.

Comparing Ontario’s growth rates with its level of unemployment – 6.4% – and it rate of inflation – 1.9% – then it is evident that the picture is not as rosy, and there are still some challenges ahead. In fact, within Canada, record unemployment figure belong to British Columbia – with about 5.8% – and inflation there is also marginally lower – 1.7%. These figures serve to put Ontario’s GDP growth in a national context.
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SoftBank Challenges Brexit Doom And Gloom

SoftBankA $32 billion US Dollar deal to buy British chip maker ARM, is challenging all the doom and gloom scenarios that many experts painted when Brexit became a reality. When SoftBank – a Japanese company – shows its readiness to invest such a large sum of money to buy a British company, Brexit fears go out the window. In fact, this deal shows that globalization is alive and well despite Britains decision to leave the EU.

The world economy is moving towards an age in which highly specialized companies with expertise in specific processes will lead economic growth. Therefore there is no reason for Britain to get bogged down by a continent that invests its precious resources in subsidizing surplus dairy or wine production. This deal shows that Britain is better off looking forward, developing products that have no boundaries. read more…

Another Rally Runs Out Of Momentum

World economyAs quickly as the indices went up, their momentum to keep on going seems to have run out. The unexpectedly positive US job numbers from Friday, catapulted indices all over North America up, but on Wednesday the upswing flattened, and indices like the TSX – on the Toronto Stock Exchange – even took a slight downturn. It seems that after the rally, most investors read it for what it was: a short term spike due to positive sentiment, without any rational reason to believe growth could be sustained for too long. read more…

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The Binary Options Wolf Den

Binary Options a Scam?The binary options industry has always been an industry dominated by dubious organizations. Just recently we have been seeing more and more efforts to expose the overwhelming amount of scammers that run it. Governmental organizations and financial regulators across the globe have been actively looking for the wolves who are running all the scamming activities. It seems that these wolves are particularly crafty and they have been able to avoid legal sanctions with unparalleled guile. read more…

Financial Markets – Preview for Week Starting 24th July 2016

Major Events of Last Week

Financial market reportA spate of disappointing US Corporate results prompted global equites to slump last Friday after recording historic highs. The United Kingdom released key data late last week revealing that the June vote to exit the European Union had generated a sizeable economic downturn during July. Specifically, slumps in both the UK servicing and manufacturing sectors were so dramatic that they could herald the start of a new recession become the end of 2016. Oil prices continued to weaken last week as excessive global production and stockpiles threaten a retest of the lows registered during the first months of this year. The topmost US indices rose last Friday exemplified by the Dow Jones Industrial Average surging upwards by 49 points; the S&P500 inching 9 points higher and the NASDAQ climbing by 24 points. read more…

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Santa Effect on Bitcoin?

santa-bitcoinThere is no doubt that 2015 has been full of economic volatility. From the price of oil, to stocks, indices and the economic performance of key countries, it has been a year in which finding a safe haven was an almost impossible mission. From within all the volatility, is seems that one of the best performers was Bitcoin. However, it also dipped after a stark rise in October, but it seems to be picking up steam again towards the year’s end. Maybe it is a kind of ‘Santa Claus Rally’ for a strange mix of investors.
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