Vodafone/Kabel Deutschland Merger Bodes Well For Europe, but Recession Could Dampen Demand for Quad-Play
The acquisition of Germany’s largest cable provider, Kabel Deutschland, by Britain’s Vodafone is exciting news that bodes well for merger and acquisition activity in Europe.
Syria Strike by U.S. Likely to Push Oil Prices Higher
Disruptions in oil supply network could also affect U.S. inflation. Kerry speech slams Assad regime for chemical attacks; markets respond as military action appears to still be an option.
What Free Trade With Europe Will Mean
Some sectors will thrive on more trans-Atlantic trade.
China’s Economy Shows Signs of Stabilization, Still Offers Opportunities
The slowdown in China’s formerly roaring economy has alarmed many who worry that a drop in its massive consumption and production will take the rest of the world down with it.
Timing of Croatia’s EU Membership Suspect
There are questions about whether Croatia chose the right time to join a group that is itself in trouble, or whether the EU itself may have rushed the membership process.
Investing in Romania: Good Reform, but Struggling With the Old
Mark Mobius recently blogged about a visit to Romania, saying that the country exhibits both the progress and the problems inherent in a globalizing economy.
Vatican Bank Faces Uncertainty in Wake of Scandals
Failure to heed international regulations on money laundering and corruption can be hazardous to a bank’s health, even if your bank is called the Institute for the Works of Religion, aka the Vatican bank.
China Fights EU Dumping Tariff; Plans to Boost Solar Sales Abroad
Despite a recently imposed EU tariff on Chinese solar panels and the bankruptcy of a major producer, solar still looms large in China’s energy plans, both domestically and abroad.
Investor Alert: Latvia to Become Newest Eurozone Member
Far from breaking up, the Eurozone is on the verge of welcoming a new member. The news is good press for the Eurozone, after so many bad headlines.
Is France’s Economy a Surprise Threat to Eurozone?
The “bad boys” of the southern Eurozone, Greece, Spain and Italy, have gotten most of the attention when it comes to a possible Eurozone breakup, but the real threat may lie in an unexpected direction.