Investment Markets Overview – w/e 27 April 2012

Every civilised society needs and should be able to afford a social safety net for those in genuine need. However, as the EU is reluctantly finding out, ballooning social services can easily bankrupt a country during an economic downturn. America’s politicians are also in denial when it comes to the reigning back of “entitlement programmes,” such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, or SNAP (aka the Food Stamp program), the subject of the chart of the month section within our May Investmentmatters service. Despite the US recession “officially” ending in June 2009, there are now 46.5m citizens receiving food stamps, or 20% of all American households. Ten million of those have joined the programme since June 2009 and according to SNAP officials nearly all of the food stamp recipients get more than half of their income from government in the form of entitlement programmes.

US economic statistics announced this week ……

Euro-Zone economic data released this week ….

Out East, Japan’s …..

The $US index …..

A look at the chart … showing the World’s 10 largest employers …..

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