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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 / Tuesday at 6:00 GMT

    3 Numbers: Eurozone Q3 GDP to stay on track

    editor/analyst / CapitalSpectator.com
    United States
    3 Numbers: Eurozone Q3 GDP to stay on track
    Italy's referendum result is more likely to have political repercussions than economic ones as the Eurozone economy strengthens. German factory orders are expected to rebound and Eurozone Q3 GDP looks strong. In the US, factory orders data should give greater clarity about the extent of the manufacturing recovery.
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  • Article / Monday at 8:00 GMT

    Morning Markets: Euro wobbles as Renzi walks

    Managing editor, TradingFloor.com / Saxo Bank
    Denmark
    Morning Markets: Euro wobbles as Renzi walks
    Italian voters rejected Senate reforms, prompting Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to quit, and giving Asian markets the jitters. It wasn't all bad news for Brussels, however, as Austrians have rejected a far right candidate's run at the presidency.
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    Martin O'Rourke Martin O'Rourke
    EURUSD continues to climb in the opening hour of the European session and was at 1.0659 at 0828 GMT.
    5d
    Martin O'Rourke Martin O'Rourke
    Italy's biggest bank Unicredit has lost more than 4% in the first 30 minutes of trading to slide back below 2.00, having started the day at above...
  • Article / Monday at 6:02 GMT

    3 Numbers: European GDP rising as political risks deepen

    editor/analyst / CapitalSpectator.com
    United States
    3 Numbers: European GDP rising as political risks deepen
    A "no" vote in today's Italian referendum is a fresh blow to the European Union, which was eager for Renzi to continue his reform drive in the Eurozone’s heavily indebted, third-largest economy. In the US, things couldn't be looking better for a Trump presidency as services and employment continue to strengthen
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  • Article / 30 November 2016 at 6:02 GMT

    3 Numbers: US job growth to pick up in today’s ADP data

    editor/analyst / CapitalSpectator.com
    United States
    Europe is yet to see a strong rise in economic growth, even if business and consumer sentiment is on the rise. There is some evidence that inflation is building. In the US, there is every reason to be confident in employment, as the rise IN JOBS continues and consumer spending puts the consumer is back in the driving seat.
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    30 November
    brian1983 brian1983
    How can ADP n NFP be gd in Nov due to the election?

    many part time holiday jobs for nov season was cancelled. retail sales dropped in first...
  • Article / 29 November 2016 at 8:00 GMT

    Morning Markets: Italian banks spark contagion fear

    Managing editor, TradingFloor.com / Saxo Bank
    Denmark
    Morning Markets: Italian banks spark contagion fear
    Markets took one look at an abyss labelled Italy Monday and did not like it one bit as the threat of contagion through the European banking sector reared its head with five days to go to the vote on constitutional reform. Elsewhere, oil rallied again as fresh optimism swept through the market 24 hours before Opec meets in Vienna.
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    29 November
    Martin O'Rourke Martin O'Rourke
    The Italy 40 has started positively in the opening hour heading above the 16.30 mark, supported by a return to the green for Unicredit and Intesa Sanpalo,...
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