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TRANSITION, CHANGE, EVOLVE AND THRIVE
The key to success in the new world economy requires a different approach, a fresh and prudent perspective. During times of change it is the leader of the organization, regardless of title, that takes on the responsibility for the ultimate success or stagnation of their enterprise.
At SJW Strategic Solutions we work proactively across the United States to guide, coach and analyze businesses in transition by elevating leaders and entrepreneurs to reach their maximum potential while achieving their professional objectives.
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Financial & Economic Brief - January 21st, 2015
• Chinese Stimulus Helps Growth - Industrial production rose 7.9% and retail sales beat economists’ estimates in December due to the start of stimulus efforts in China.
• World Economy Estimates Down - According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the world economy will only grow 3.5% in 2015 and 3.7% in 2016.
• The Gas Price Debate - John Hofmeister, the former president of Shell Oil, is warning drivers that the low gas prices may end sooner than they think.
Financial & Economic Brief - January 14th, 2015
• Earnings Forecasts Fall - After equity valuations were at their highest level since 2010, first quarter earnings projections are falling across nine out of 10 industries.
• Russian Bankruptcies on the Horizon? - Unless Russia cuts its interest rates soon there will be a “wave of” bankruptcies, according to Anatoly Aksakov, president of Russia’s regional banking association.
• Encouraging Jobs Gains - December ended on a strong note adding 252,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Labor Department.
Financial & Economic Brief - January 7th, 2015
• German Inflation Weak - Consumer prices in Germany are idling and according to the Federal Statistics office, inflation slowed to 0.1% in December the weakest since 2009.
• Waiting Game: U.S. Oil Hedges - Rather than waiting until their “price insurance” runs out U.S. oil companies are cashing in their “well-placed” hedges to increase their number of future barrels hedged.
• The Falling Euro - The Euro hit its lowest level against the U.S. dollar in nine years today, down about 14% since May 2014.
Financial & Economic Brief - December 31st, 2014
• Prediction: U.S. Bond Yields Up - Analysts on Wall Street are cautioning that in 2015 U.S. government bonds are going to have a “disastrous” year.
• Oil Edges Up - Crude oil rose to $60 per barrel on Monday led by the fear that Libya will disrupt production because of blockades and protests.
• Russia Continues to Struggle - The Russian central bank is using its foreign currency supplies, to the tune of $110 billion this year, to bolster the ruble.
Financial & Economic Brief - December 17th, 2014
• U.S. Industrial Production Rises - U.S. industrial production rose 1.3% last month, the most since May 2010, beating the median forecast of 0.7%.
• OPEC Not Cutting Production - Suhail Al-Mazrouei, energy minister for the United Arab Emirates, said that even if prices fall below $40 a barrel, OPEC is not planning to cut oil production.
• Change in Fed Policy This Week? - The Fed’s policy-setting committee will decide whether they will make a change to one of their “critical” policy statements that will permit interest rate increases in 2015.
Financial & Economic Brief - December 10th, 2014
• Merck Acquires Cubist Pharmaceuticals - Merck & Co. will buy Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc. in a $9.5 billion deal, including net debt.
• November Jobs Up - According to the November jobs report, 70% of U.S. industries and 321,000 jobs were added in November.
• Oil Prices Continue to Fall - Crude oil fell another $2 a barrel to $63.72, a new five-year low, founded upon predictions that surplus would keep building until 2015.