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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 / 5 hours ago

    3 Numbers: UK inflation expected to hit two-year high for December

    editor/analyst / CapitalSpectator.com
    United States
    3 Numbers: UK inflation expected to hit two-year high for December
    UK inflation is still low historically but the trend is up and the December figure is expected to come in at a two-year high in today’s update. The post-Brexit slide in the pound is partly responsible. Meanwhile we will see another encouraging sign from the top EU economy today, with ZEW Business sentiment in Germany on track to rise again. And on the other side of the Atlantic, the New York Fed’s manufacturing index is set to post a positive reading for the third month in a row.
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  • Article / Yesterday at 8:00 GMT

    Morning Markets: May's 'hard' Brexit fear clatters sterling

    Managing editor, TradingFloor.com / Saxo Bank
    Denmark
    Morning Markets: May's 'hard' Brexit fear clatters sterling
    The expectation that UK prime minister Theresa May will confirm a shift towards a 'hard' Brexit Tuesday has sent GBPUSD into a downward spiral with the 1.20 handle the latest consolidation point for buyers and sellers. Trump's promise that Britain heads the queue for a trade deal may not amount to much.
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  • Article / Thursday at 6:00 GMT

    3 Numbers: Eurozone industrial output on track to rebound in November

    editor/analyst / CapitalSpectator.com
    United States
    3 Numbers: Eurozone industrial output on track to rebound in November
    The Eurozone industrial production figures are the main attraction today with the consensus forecast seeking a rebound for November. Meanwhile, in the US, initial jobless claims are expected to pop higher while another downtick in today’s Consumer Comfort update will inspire questions about the next move in expectations.
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    LOL...Kremlin has ''compromising details'' on Trump LOL...he freely gives out that information...his womanising ....his questionable business practices....his absolute determination to with-hold a detailed tax statement of...
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    The writer of the report was paid for by Trump's opponents in GOP, later in DEM. WSJ already writes that the FBI did find no evidence that...
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    Totally agree...skepticism is the best policy in these trolling times.
  • Article / Wednesday at 6:00 GMT

    3 Numbers: UK industrial output on track to rebound

    editor/analyst / CapitalSpectator.com
    United States
    3 Numbers: UK industrial output on track to rebound
    Confidence is rising that the UK economy closed out last year with a healthy macro trend. Analysts are expecting a rebound in the UK's industrial sector, dismissing arguments that the UK is heading for a post-Brexit slump. In the US "bond king" Bill Gross says yields over 2.60% will bring in a bond bear market.
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  • Article / 10 January 2017 at 8:00 GMT

    Morning Markets: Gold reaps the fear benefit

    Managing editor, TradingFloor.com / Saxo Bank
    Denmark
    Morning Markets: Gold reaps the fear benefit
    Gold is back in fashion as a safe haven from uncertainty, with jittery investors worried about a hard Brexit, and a Trump-driven trade spat with China. Meanwhile the falling oil price hurt sentiment in Asia. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 headed sharply lower. And Australia's S&P/ASX200 took a tumble as well, ending a five-session rally.
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  • Article / 10 January 2017 at 6:00 GMT

    3 Numbers: US job openings set to slide to 11-month low

    editor/analyst / CapitalSpectator.com
    United States
    3 Numbers: US job openings set to slide to 11-month low
    In the US, small-business people are generally upbeat, and the US Small Business Optimism Index should see another rise in December, to follow November's surge. Meanwhile US job openings are likely to ease for a second month in a row in November. And in Britain, GBPUSD sentiment is bearish following the Prime Minister’s Brexit comments.
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