The United States: Morgan Stanley is suggesting that slower declines in the velocity of money are pointing to higher inflation ahead. Perhaps. If the trend is due to a stronger GDP growth, higher inflation is indeed likely. However, the velocity of money trend has eased because the expansion in the money supply is slowing (second chart below)
The Eurozone: Just like in the US, European stock market volatility (both implied and historical) is hitting new lows.
China: This is the number of Chinese officials that have been under investigation for corruption.
Equity Markets: Below we have the relative valuations of European, US, and Emerging Market equities.
United Kingdom: Household indebtedness and sagging real disposable income have been some of the reasons for softer retail sales.
Global Developments: Here are the trends in household debt as a percentage of disposable income for select economies (from Capital Economics).
Food for Thought: The digital divide between the older and the younger generations (by country).
Have a great weekend!
Edited by Joseph N Cohen
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