News: 2014-02-21

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Emerging markets

Turkish banks: credit agencies list reasons to worry | beyondbrics

“At the moment Turkey’s banks have a large stock of external debt, around 21 per cent of the value of their deposits. On their own the banks may be able to deal with a slightly higher rate of NPLs, but the risk is of a double whammy of rising external costs and a deteriorating loan book. If any rise in the cost of servicing this foreign currency denominated debt and in securing funding from abroad is passed on to borrowers the this could create a vicious cycle, as higher borrowing costs push the economy down even further, and turning a credit boom into a deep bust.”

Autos: empiezan las suspensiones en Brasil por culpa de la Argentina

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French automaker Peugot has suspended production in Brazil, blaming the economic situation in Argentina. This is yet another sign of a deteriorating economic situation in South America

La confianza del consumidor cae 23,4% en su mayor baja mensual desde 1998

Consumer confidence in Argentina plummeted 23.4%, the worst number month-to-month since 1998. This is a very negative sign and to me signals that we should expect the economic situation in Argentina to deteriorate further. Watch Argentina and Brazil.

Brasil recorta el gasto y reduce fuerte la previsión de crecimiento – Ambito.com

The Brazilian government is cutting spending and reducing its growth estimates. Growth estimates were 3.8%. They are now 2.5%. Growth has stalled in Brazil, with 2.7% in 2011, 1% in 2012 and 2% in 2013. Expect more of the same in 2014. Analysts expect 1.79% in 2014. This will have a negative impact on corporate balance sheets and make Brazil more vulnerable to crisis via corporate problems.

Wal-Mart’s China syndrome a symptom of international woes | Reuters

“Wal-Mart Stores Inc, famed for its low prices, has stumbled in the one major market where consumers say price is less of a driver in their buying decisions: China. There, consumers say they want food that is safe and authentic, and, after 17 years, Wal-Mart is changing its approach, closing some big-box stores that never quite caught on with locals. Instead, it’s focusing on private-label products and imports, putting its stamp on quality and safety.”

Beijing giving foreign economists the cold shoulder | South China Morning Post

“Chinese government officials have quietly become more sceptical about foreign banks’ research reports and are avoiding senior economists at global banks, partly because of growing mutual distrust over the scale and seriousness of the country’s debt problems.”

Even China’s Economists Are Singing the Blues – Real Time Economics – WSJ

BBC News – China growth fuelled by debt and government subsidies

As G-20 Starts, World Bank Highlights Global Risks – Real Time Economics – WSJ

Fed Policy and Emerging Market Economy Vulnerabilities | Econbrowser

 

Europe

Ukraine likely to default, says S&P – Telegraph

Yanukovich announces early Ukraine poll but no deal yet with opposition | Reuters

BBC News – UK retail sales fall 1.5% in January

Number of properties being bought for cash is on the increase | Money | The Guardian

Swedish Sentiment Drops in February – WSJ.com

Austria’s Hypo at a crossroads | Reuters

“If the Austrian government decides to let a bank with a balance sheet worth nearly 9 percent of economic output fail, wiping out creditors including Bavaria’s state bank BayernLB, it could be the biggest jolt to the euro zone since Cyprus hit savers in 2013 to avoid collapse.”

Cyprus expected to ease capital controls almost year after €10bn bailout | World news | The Guardian

France is looking straight down the barrel of a deflation shock – Telegraph Blogs

 

North America

Fed Move Rattles Global Bank Talks – WSJ.com

Fannie Mae Reports $84 Billion Annual Profit – WSJ.com

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Obama to drop entitlement cuts from 2015 budget – POLITICO.com Print View

U.S. companies ramp up capex as confidence grows | Reuters

‘There is no lien, there is no property interest, these creditors are like all others’ | MuniLand

Wal-Mart forecast disappoints, food-stamp cuts hurt customers | Reuters

Wal-Mart Stores: Five ugly facts revealed in today’s earnings announcement | Financial Post

The inventory builds and weak same-store sales have macro implications.

 

Japan

Japan firms resist government pressure to lift base wages: Reuters survey | Reuters

“Fewer than one in five Japanese companies plan to raise base wages in the coming business year, a Reuters survey shows, a stark sign that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s stimulus policies are still struggling to gain traction.”

 

Markets

Hugh Hendry Down 4% In January On Long Japan Trade

 

Technology

Online Startup Simple Acquired by Spanish Bank for $117 Million

Find Out When That Email You Sent Was Read

“Using the extension with a Gmail account, senders will be notified when someone opened their email and who opened the email. If that’s not useful – or for some, disturbing – enough, Streak will also tell you where the email was opened. The extension will put the email on a map, giving the user real-time location updates about the recipients.”

The Real Reason Jimmy Fallon Took Over ‘The Tonight Show’

Bitcoin’s Value Falls 10% As Faltering Mt.Gox Exchange Continues To Implode | TechCrunch

Bitcoin Is The New PayPal | TechCrunch

Bitcoin aficionados wash their hands of Mt Gox – FT.com

“After years when it was effectively the only place to go, they say, it has been exposed as having inadequate technology, a lack of resources to improve technology and poor customer service. If the platform does get up and running again, it could only be to let people have their money so they can go elsewhere.”

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum’s Path from Poverty to Riches

In WhatsApp Deal, Sequoia Capital May Make 50 Times Its Money – NYTimes.com

Google offered to buy WhatsApp for $10 billion – Fortune Tech

Google reportedly offered to acquire WhatsApp for $10 billion

Om Malik Joins True Ventures, Steps Down At Tech Site Gigaom | TechCrunch

New ‘House of Cards’ season reportedly finished by over half a million people in one weekend | The Verge

 

Elsewhere

The Powerlessness of Positive Thinking : The New Yorker

“According to a great deal of research, positive fantasies may lessen your chances of succeeding. In one experiment, the social psychologists Gabriele Oettingen and Doris Mayer asked eighty-three German students to rate the extent to which they “experienced positive thoughts, images, or fantasies on the subject of transition into work life, graduating from university, looking for and finding a job.” Two years later, they approached the same students and asked about their post-college job experiences. Those who harbored positive fantasies put in fewer job applications, received fewer job offers, and ultimately earned lower salaries. The same was true in other contexts, too. Students who fantasized were less likely to ask their romantic crushes on a date and more likely to struggle academically. Hip-surgery patients also recovered more slowly when they dwelled on positive fantasies of walking without pain. “

Testicular time bomb: Older dads’ mutant sperm – health – 20 February 2014 – New Scientist

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