The amount of debt issued by the U.S. Treasury and held by the public totaled just under $12.6 trillion last week. When borrowings between government entities are included, the total public debt outstanding reaches over $17.5 trillion.
Each month, the unemployment rate in the eurozone is published by Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical office. For the month of April 2014, unemployment across the eurozone was reported to be 11.7 percent.
Over the past several days, a number of economic indicators have been released. Some of these figures suggested a weaker U.S. economy during the first quarter of 2014, while others provided a bit more optimistic view of the U.S. economy.
It’s the time of year to celebrate the accomplishments of those students who have finished their studies and are graduating. Great job. Now, it’s also time to start paying back all those student loans taken out to fund a college education.
In a recent study released by the McKinsey Global Institute, a research unit associated with the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, the United States was ranked third among all nations for its connectedness to the rest of the globe.
Concerns about the fairness of high-frequency trading are not new to the stock markets. With faster computers and faster fiber optic lines, high-frequency trading will continue to be a point of contention among market participants.
While stress testing cannot anticipate all future economic challenges, these results indicate a material increase in the overall financial health of the U.S. banking industry over the past several years.
Motivation for prohibiting the direct sale of Tesla vehicles is attributed to several goals. One goal is the protection of consumers. Another concern is that Tesla’s business model introduces too much competition into the car sales process.
While the historically low interest rates in the U.S. and many other developed economies have been the source of ongoing concerns about future inflation, an increasing threat of deflation is receiving global attention.
The WIPO, an agency of the United Nations, along with several other entities has published the Global Innovation Index that seeks to assess and rank innovation abilities and innovation results among the countries of the world.
Bond investors face a range of risks. One variable that can result in a declining market value of a fixed-rate bond investment is increasing interest rates. As rates rise, the prices of fixed coupon bonds fall.