Investment Markets Overview — W/E 10th April 2015

Nigel Farage, the charismatic leader of the relatively new but increasingly important UK political party called UKIP, continues to polarise the electorate, albeit that the traditional two major parties are doing a pretty good job of it themselves during what is descending into one of the nastiest and petty election campaigns with still the best part of a month to go. Defence was the topic of dispute this week and we have more on the Brit “debate” later, focussing first on a non-politician who has polarised America, the former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who in 2013 raised public concerns about just how much information is held by the NSA and more to the point how it is used. Snowden popped up twice last week, once as a 4ft high bust, sculptured and then erected, in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park by three artists who see Snowden as a libertarian hero with major concerns over growing surveillance and authoritarianism from big government. The bust only remained there for a day before removal by the authorities who view Snowden as a traitor for disclosing NSA information to the public. His second appearance was on comedian John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” TV show in an interview completed in Moscow where Snowden is holed-up. It was a “tongue- in –cheek” exchange but did include a serious point raised by Oliver. On the 1st June 2015 the controversial “Patriot Act” comes up for reauthorisation, particularly section 215 which requires businesses to hand over “any tangible item to a secret intelligence court IF the NSA suspect that it would assist in their security concerns, such as the demanding of phone records and any other information that they deem to be useful, such as staff and client profiles, financial records, conversations etc.

10 April 2015

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The UK Defence Secretary, 62 year old Michael Fallon, , lowered the tone of an already fractious general election campaign this week ……

Charts:
1.  Indices Weekly
2. US Manufacturing V US Non-Manufacturing
3. UK Trade Deficit V UK Trade Deficit Ex EU
4. Japan Bank Lending V Japan CPI
5. Commodity YTD  Moves

Table:

13 Indices, 11 columns of detailed information, for accurate analysis

“Be Careful What You Wish For, Particularly With Politicians.

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