U.S. health care spending grew 3.9% in 2017, reaching $3.5 trillion or $10,739 per person, according to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). That accounts for about 17.9% of the nation’s GDP.
Wall of New Money’ Flees Negative Rates for American Credit (Saxplayer00o1)
The average yield on about $27.8 trillion of global non-dollar denominated high-grade debt has plunged to just 11 basis points, while non-dollar sovereign yields are now negative on average for the first time, paying -3 basis points, according to the report.
More eurozone stimulus expected after inflation revised down (Saxplayer00o1)
Inflation across the 19-country eurozone was revised down for July, official figures showed Monday, bolstering expectations that the European Central Bank will provide another shot of stimulus to the single currency bloc next month.
Germany likely to head into recession, central bank warns (Saxplayer00o1)
The Bundesbank said a downturn in orders for cars and industrial equipment in the second quarter of the year was likely to continue in the third quarter, leaving the economy on the brink of a technical recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth.
Australia’s central bank discussed unconventional monetary policies, including negative interest rates, at its August board meeting as it left the door ajar for further easing having already cut rates twice to 1%.
Zero is good for Spain, Portugal, and Ireland (Saxplayer00o1)
For Ireland, Spain, and Portugal less than a decade ago, investors could barely be compensated enough to hold their bonds for fear they could be severed from the eurozone.
Now, investors are a hair’s breadth away from having to pay for the privilege.
The peso ended last week more than 17.5% weaker than the dollar, rising to 55 pesos versus the greenback by Friday, despite support by the country’s central bank. On the same day, Fitch Ratings and S&P Global downgraded Argentina’s debt further, raising fear levels over a sovereign debt default.
Germany prepares to sell 30-year bond with no coupon (Saxplayer00o1)
Germany has a new test of investors’ voracious appetite for bonds with very low or even negative yields: a 30-year bond that offers no interest payments at all.
Wednesday’s auction of a new €2bn bond maturing in 2050 marks the first time that Berlin has issued 30-year debt with a zero per cent coupon — a step it has already taken with 10-year bonds.
Denmark’s Jyske Bank imposes negative interest rates (Saxplayer00o1)
Jyske Bank has become the first Danish lender to impose negative interest rates on customer deposits and has warned that sub-zero rates were looking “rather permanent”.
Hunt said the new generation of airships would get around by riding the jet stream, a powerful air current that circles the globe. He and his collaborators calculate that an airship a mile and half long could circle the globe in 16 days, hauling more than 20,000 tons of cargo while expending little energy.
The company is working closely with the administrations of each college where it intends to launch. It started at George Mason University and the University of Northern Arizona, and it will be followed in September by the University of Pittsburgh and the Purdue University in Indiana. Starship plans to deploy 25–50 robots at each campus over the next 24 months, which means there could be upwards of 5,000 robots puttering around these schools by 2021.
Scientists discover stardust in Antarctic snow (Thomas R.)
Outer space objects ranging from dust to meteors regularly fall to Earth, but they are generally made of the same materials as our planet, since everything in the solar system, including the sun itself, assembled from the same building blocks billions of years ago. Because iron-60 is not among those common materials, it must have arrived from somewhere beyond the solar system.
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