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Biography
James Picerno is a freelance journalist/analyst who specializes in macroeconomics and investment strategy, including asset allocation, related academic research, and the analysis of ETFs, ETNs and mutual funds. Picerno is the author of Nowcasting The Business Cycle: A Practical Guide For Spotting Business Cycle Peaks Ahead Of The Crowd (2014); and Dynamic Asset Allocation: Modern Portfolio Theory Updated For The Smart Investor (Bloomberg Press, 2010). He also edits The Capital Spectator (CapitalSpectator.com), a finance/economics blog that’s been quoted by a range of news organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, Reuters and others. His articles have appeared in a variety of publications over the years, including The Atlantic, Financial Advisor, BankRate.com, and HorsesMouth.com. Picerno has been writing about finance and macroeconomics since the early 1990s at Bloomberg, Dow Jones and other media groups before becoming an independent writer/analyst/consultant in 2008.

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  • Article / Yesterday at 6:06 GMT

    3 Numbers: German export machine due for a fall

    editor/analyst / CapitalSpectator.com
    United States
    3 Numbers: German export machine due for a fall
    There are many who believe Germany's December trade balance may show the first signs of a weakening export sector. Meanwhile the US is worried about how small business job openings are progressing and that the Fed's Labor Market Conditions Index is showing serious weakness.
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  • Article / 03 February 2016 at 8:00 GMT

    Morning Markets: Asian equities hammered as WTI falls below $30

    Morning Markets: Asian equities hammered as WTI falls below $30
    Equity markets took a hammering across Asia, with sharp falls in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Sydney and Mumbai, on the Wall Street selloff and falling crude prices. Stocks in Tokyo lost gains made on the back of the recent BoJ interest rate surprise. One of the few bright spots in the Asia region was India where the Nikkei India Services PMI for January came in at 54.3, up from 53.6 in December – signalling robust expansion in a key corner of Asia's third largest economy.
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    Invinci Invinci
    what do you make of the US ADP Employment report?
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    James Picerno James Picerno
    Invinci, today's ADP data is certainly encouraging, although the slight but ongoing fade in the year-over-year % change implies that the recovery is aging and perhaps labor...
  • Article / 02 February 2016 at 6:00 GMT

    3 Numbers: Eurozone unemployment expected to stay steady

    editor/analyst / CapitalSpectator.com
    United States
    3 Numbers: Eurozone unemployment expected to stay steady
    Germany's unemployment figures are on track to show the rate will remain steady at a relatively low 6.3% in January, although there are still headwinds for the country, courtesy of the slowdown in global economic activity that's pinching its exports. Meanwhile, Europe's jobless rate is likely to hold at November's rate, while today's number for US auto sales will provide an early look at how retail spending compares in the new year.
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  • Article / 01 February 2016 at 8:00 GMT

    Morning Markets: Japan rate cut joy extends into February

    Saxo Bank
    Norway
    Morning Markets: Japan rate cut joy extends into February
    The Bank of Japan's surprise interest rate cut into negative territory on Friday boosted sentiment across the Asia-Pacific region, with shares rising in Tokyo, Seoul and Sydney on Monday, though Chinese stocks fell as manufacturing data from China remained weak. The generally positive Asian session to start the month followed a robust close for US stocks at the end of last week to cap a miserable January.
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