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    Daily Digest 1/18 – Italy’s Credit Rating Cut, Central Bank Normalization Isn’t as We Know It

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    Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 2:40 PM


IRS letters warn millions about health insurance penalty

The penalty for this year could be $2,085 or more, depending on family size and income, says one draft version of the IRS letter. Another draft takes a somewhat different approach, leaving a blank space for the IRS to provide an individualized estimate of what the particular uninsured taxpayer might owe.

Italians’ Public-Debt Load Up 2,617 Euros Each on Renzi Miss

Under Matteo Renzi, Italy’s public debt load rose by 2,617 euros ($2,775) per person, despite his promise to cut the amount for the sake of future generations.

ECB prints money at record pace amid bank bonds bonanza

The European Central Bank bought a record-breaking €24.7 billion worth of debt last week, taking advantage of a bumper supply of bank bonds to boost its economic stimulus programme.

Brazil to Revise Growth Figures After IMF Slashed Outlook

Brazil will revise its 2017 growth estimate after the International Monetary Fund more than halved its forecast to near-stagnation, Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles said in Davos.

Central Bank Normalization Isn’t as We Know It, Davos Panel Says

“The expansionary policies of Japan and the ECB more than outweigh the reluctant tightening of the Fed,” said Weber, a former European Central Bank official. “Monetary-policy normalization is not going to happen. You’re going to more likely see the Fed at some point smooth the pace out and move less on interest rates.”

IMF Slashes Saudi Arabia Growth Forecast on Lower Oil Output

Saudi Arabia estimates growth fell to 1.4 percent in 2016, the lowest since the recession in 2009, as it cut spending by suspending bonuses for public employees and reducing ministers’ salaries. The government has also raised the cost of fuel, and plans to introduce value-added taxes and fees on expatriate workers.

DBRS cuts Italy’s credit rating, posing problems for its banks

Italy’s public debt, at around 133 percent of national output, is the highest in the euro zone after Greece’s. DBRS put Italy’s rating under review with negative implications in August, citing political uncertainty around a referendum held in December, pressure on banks, economic weakness and a less stable external environment.

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  • Wed, Jan 18, 2017 - 7:31am



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    Federal watchdog: US government spending "unsustainable"

    Federal watchdog: US government spending “unsustainable”

    CBS News – ‎19 hours ago‎
    30), with U.S. debt held by the public at about $14.2 trillion. “These figures are only expected to grow,” the report said. The primary causes are growing spending on entitlements — Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, largely due to the population

    Japan seen missing debt reduction target for fiscal 2018

    Nikkei Asian Review-20 hours ago
    The deficit will likely top 6 trillion yen ($53 billion) in fiscal 2020 under the latest calculation, up from 5.5 trillion yen in July’s estimate. Lower-than-expected tax …

    EU asks Italy to cut its budget deficit

    MarketWatch-7 hours ago
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    China’s Central Bank Pumps Out a Record $60 Billion Before Holidays

    Bloomberg – ‎8 hours ago‎
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    No crisis yet in China’s debt-clogged banks, says S&P hours ago
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    POLL-Nigeria likely to devalue naira this year, central bank on hold

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    Central Bank of Nigeria bans transaction in bitcoins, onecoin, others

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    Inflation picks up across the eurozone

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  • Wed, Jan 18, 2017 - 5:40pm



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    Andy Borowitz on Trump

    I have come back to this facebook post repeatedly to think about it.  The rhetorical mechanism used is clever and brilliantly delivered.  The real message is the assumption that hides (slightly) behind the actual statement.  You have to stop and think for a moment to realize what has just been done.
    Though I see things differently, my hat is off to the brilliance of this presentation.

    I’m more with CHS here and here

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  • Thu, Jan 19, 2017 - 12:22am



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    History lesson time

    Forget talking to economists; review what geologists look at. Only a year old, but well worth time.

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  • Thu, Jan 19, 2017 - 3:50am



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    perhaps if the Dems had Listened to the Trump supporters

    rather than Talking to them….from a position of superiority….would they have listened better then?
    Being condescending and superior is not a great strategy for winning hearts and minds. Or when you want someone to vote for your candidate. Take it from me it is one of the bigger problems in other movements that are near and dear to my heart and a mistake that is also near and dear to me (meaning one I have committed many times over the years of armchair activism)
    Listen and learn. Then maybe educate? Don’t know. 
    I think Talking Down to the voting base was the democratic party’s biggest mistake of all this election.  

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  • Thu, Jan 19, 2017 - 8:29am



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    $1.9 billion error adds to California deficit projection


    $1.9 billion error adds to California deficit projection

    Merced Sun-Star – ‎15 hours ago‎
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    Illinois’ ‘Grand Bargain’ Adds Two-Billion More In Unpaid Bills

    WIBQ – ‎1 hour ago‎
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    Senate budget’s ‘work in progress’ includes filling $4.3B hole

    Chicago Sun-Times – ‎15 hours ago‎
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    China’s Holdings of U.S. Treasuries Drop by Most Since 2011

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    ECB keeps stimulus on high even as economy picks up

    The Seattle Times – ‎3 hours ago‎
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    How Unfunded Pensions Almost Sank Houston

    CityLab – ‎22 hours ago‎
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