Tuesday, May 31, 2011

EU bails out Greece


European Union leaders will decide on additional aid for Greece by the end of June and have ruled out a “total restructuring” of the nation’s debt, said Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the group of euro-area finance ministers.
Inspectors from the EU, the International Monetary Fund and theEuropean Central Bank are set to wrap up a review of Greece’s progress in meeting the terms of last year’s 110 billion-euro ($158 billion) bailout in the next few days. The EU will then formulate its plan for further aid to Greece, which remains shut out of financial markets a year after the rescue.
“We are waiting for their final judgment,” Juncker, who is also Luxembourg’s prime minister, said yesterday in Paris after meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. “Their position will partly determine our position, so it’s too early. We will try to solve the Greek problem by the end of June.”

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Bitcoin Market

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Bitcoin Virtual p2p currency

Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer currency. Peer-to-peer means that no central authority issues new money or tracks transactions. These tasks are managed collectively by the network.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ready to Erase Whiteboards, IdeaPaint Lands 1,700 Lowe’s Stores


Ready to Erase Whiteboards, IdeaPaint Lands 1,700 Lowe’s Stores 

Digital advertising shop HUGE has close to two-thirds of its Brooklyn, N.Y., office’s walls covered with IdeaPaint. “You can feel free with your ideas, and not all of them are going to be great. That’s okay -- you can just erase it and start all over,” says HUGE partner Michal Pasternak. Promising sketches are photographed before they are erased, then shared like documents. Flexible office space facility Cambridge Innovation Center in Boston started using the paint expansively last fall; much of its 130,000-square-foot space is covered now. “It definitely has the ‘cool factor’ that we strive to include to make our space unique and keep our clients coming back,” says Anna Whitlock, a customer ‘relationship manager’ at the space.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Dollar Drop Boosts Tourist Spending in U.S.

The price is right for foreign shoppers in the U.S. as the sagging dollar boosts their purchasing power on everything from jewelry to vitamins.
“When I come to New York, it feels like I am getting great deals,” said Molly Lewis, a 40-year-old nurse from Manchester,England, who spent an afternoon last week hunting down bargains on Louis Vuitton handbags in Manhattan. “Things are much cheaper here than back home.”
The British pound had climbed 13 percent against the U.S. dollar in the past year, along with gains in the euro and Canadian and Australian dollars. That’s given travelers a zest for spending, which may help U.S. retailers make up sales as budget-wary U.S. consumers stick to the sidelines. Travelers from abroad spent $8.9 billion on food, lodging, gifts and entertainment in the U.S. in February, up 7 percent from last year, according to the Department of Commerce.
The Mall of America, the biggest shopping center in the U.S. with 520 stores, is reporting a surge in international visitors, hitting retailers from Columbia Sportswear Co. (COLM) to Coach Inc. in search of American goods.
The dollar has weakened by about 4 percent this year, according to Bloomberg Correlation-Weighted Currency Indices. The measure of 10 developed-nation currencies has fallen 15 percent in the past year amid concern the Federal Reserve’s accommodative monetary policy will debase the value of the dollar and spur inflation.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

IMF Strauss-Kahn Setup alleged

From the Media Research Center
While reporting on the sexual assault case against International Monetary Fund Chairman Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Tuesday's Today, NBC correspondent Jeff Rossen noted how the would-be Socialist Party candidate for the French presidency had "worried his political opponent, current French President Nicolas Sarkozy, would try to frame him with a fake rape..."
Rossen further added that Strauss-Kahn once told a French newspaper that the rape victim would be "promised 500,000 or a million euros to invent this story" by Sarkozy. Following Rossen's report, correspondent Michelle Kosinski highlighted French outrage over Strauss-Kahn's arrest: "I would say that the reaction ranges from disbelief to outright disgust. To see their VIP paraded before cameras, the socialists are calling it 'inhumane'....they're saying that this looks like a humiliating public exhibition like something from ancient times."
The headline on screen during the segment read: "French Conspiracy Theories; Was Banker Set Up as Part of Political Plot?"
After Kosinski's report, co-host Meredith Vieira discussed the case with the former head of the New York City Sex Crimes Unit, Linda Fairstein. Vieira began by touting: "There are some people in France who are speculating that this could be a political set-up." The headline on screen at that time had changed to read: "Sexual Assault or Political Plot?; The Case Against French Banker Strauss-Kahn."

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Automated Trader Global AlgoMarkets Update

Orc released a new version of the Orc Spreader 2.0, Colt is to buy a majority stake in MarketPrizm from Instinet, and Saxo Bank has begun publishing market data from the OTC FX Options market. Options IT's PIPE Velocity reduced Chicago - New York round trip latency by 2 milliseconds, ISE selected CorvilNet and CorvilClear solutions for its new options trading system, smartTrade Technologies completed CME Group Connectivity Certification for FX Futures, and TOM (The Order Machine) MTF market data is to be included in Thomson Reuters European real-time feeds.
ConvergEx enhanced its NorthPoint platform for mutual funds using alternative strategies, TAG launched Meteor platform for Custom Analytics, Fidessa is to host its Canadian trading platform in Equinix's Toronto IBX data centre, Brazilian brokerage Banif Corretora selected the Progress Apama platform for high frequency trading strategies, and also in Brazil BM&FBOVESPA joined TradingScreen's TradeNet.
Edge combined the data feed and order routing capabilities of RealTick and Sterling Trader with new software, FIX Flyer signed a distribution agreement with German company FIX Solutions,  Direct Edge is offering customers market access to seven major dark pools through Connect Edge, and UBS announced a new suite of intuitive algorithms for trading US Options. 

Euro Slides as Trichet Signals Rate Rise Won’t Come in June

The euro slid against the dollar and yen after European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said inflation risks will be watched “very closely,” signaling the ECB may wait until after June to raise interest rates again.
Speaking at a news conference in Helsinki, Trichet refrained from using the phrase “strong vigilance,” which might have signaled a June rate increase. European policy makers left the main refinancing rate unchanged at 1.25 percent today, as predicted by all 48 economists in a Bloomberg survey. Japan’s currency climbed against all of its 16 most actively traded peers. The Australian dollar declined for a fourth day.
The euro dropped 1 percent to $1.4684 at 2:45 p.m. in London, posting the biggest intraday decline since April 18. It earlier climbed to $1.4900. The 17-member common currency slid 1.8 percent to 117.39 yen, while the Japanese currency surged 0.8 percent to 79.93 per dollar.
“By signaling that a June rate hike is not likely, Trichet has put the euro under pressure,” said Kasper Kirkegaard, a senior currency strategist at Danske Bank A/S in Copenhagen. “A June hike has to be priced out of the market.”
The central bank last month raised the rate by 25 basis points, the first increase in almost three years. While inflation accelerated to 2.8 percent last month and economic growth is gaining momentum, higher borrowing costs may exacerbate Europe’s debt crisis, which has already forced Greece, Ireland and Portugal to ask for external help.


Jobless Claims in U.S. Unexpectedly Jump Due to Anomalies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for jobless benefits rose to an eight-month high last week and productivity growth slowed in the first quarter, clouding the outlook for an economy that is struggling to gain speed.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 474,000, the highest since mid-August, the Labor Department said on Thursday.
Claims were pushed up by factors ranging from spring break layoffs to the introduction of an emergency benefits program.
Economists had expected claims to fall to 410,000.
A second report from the department showed nonfarm productivity increased at a 1.6 percent annual rate, braking from a 2.9 percent pace in the fourth quarter. The growth pace was above economists' expectations for 1 percent.
"I think we're in a situation where the markets and the Fed have been too optimistic," said Bob Andres, chief investment strategist and economist at Merion Wealth Partners in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.
"I don't think we're going to fall off a cliff but the road to real recovery and full unemployment is going to take a long time, and people ought to get back into that mode."
U.S. stock index futures extended losses after the jobless claims data, while government debt prices touched session highs the data. The dollar extended losses against the yen, but rose against the euro.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

EES Releases Tick Monster High Frequency EA

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