News 

World’s Confidence In US Leadership Under Trump At New Low, Poll Finds

“Global confidence in US leadership has fallen to a new low, and the country now ranks below China in worldwide approval ratings, according to a new Gallup poll” writes Julian Borger for theguardian.com. One of the sharpest declines in confidence in US leadership was in the UK, where it dropped by 26 percentage points. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

Read More
News 

Czech government backs taxation of church restitution

“The government announced its decision Wednesday, when it was also supposed to face a confidence vote in Parliament” reports foxbusiness.com. The proposal to tax compensation given to churches came from the Communist Party, a vocal opponent of the payment plan. The move, which needs parliamentary approval, is seen as an attempt from Babis to win support from the Communists in the confidence vote.The new Czech minority government led by populist billionaire Andrej Babis agreed with a proposal to tax the compensation that the country’s churches receive for property seized by…

Read More
News 

Euro-Area Economic Confidence Soars to Nearly Two-Decade High

“Confidence in the euro area continued its advance at the end of 2017, capping what was probably the strongest year for the economy in a decade” writes unknown author for bloomberg.com. In light of the robust economic backdrop, the ECB’s more hawkish policy makers have been pushing for the program not to be extended again.Reports last week showed the region’s economic activity at the end of the year was the strongest in almost seven years, and unemployment continuing to decline.After slowly emerging from the bank failures, record joblessness and sovereign debt…

Read More
Futures News Stocks 

European stocks flat, Asian shares up as year-end nears

“European stocks were flat after Asian markets finished mostly higher on Thursday in quiet post-Christmas holiday trading” reports foxbusiness.com. US CONSUMERS: The Conference Board, a business research group, said Wednesday that its consumer confidence index dipped to 122.1 in December from a revised 128.6 in November.Futures augured a tepid start on Wall Street with S&P futures up 0.1 percent and Dow futures gaining 0.2 percent. Source: foxbusiness.com Share This:

Read More
News 

11 women who showed us numbers mean nothing when it comes to body confidence

“It’s incredibly easy to set number-based targets when it comes to losing weight – “I just want to lose half a stone”, or, “I want to fit into size 10 clothes again”, for example – but it’s time to stop all that” writes Catriona Harvey-jenner for cosmopolitan.com. Because you’ll be a whole lot happier – and healthier, for that matter – if you start going off how you feel rather than what the scales or your clothes tags say. Source: cosmopolitan.com Share This:

Read More
Markets News 

This Week: Home prices, consumer confidence, jobless claims

“The index hit bottom at 25.3 in February 2009 at the depths of the Great Recession” reports foxbusiness.com. The index hit 129.5 in November, the highest reading since November 2000, reflecting the growing U.S. economy and job market.Even so, applications remain at a low level that points to a healthy job market.The business research group’s index measures consumers’ assessment of current conditions and their outlook for the next six months. Source: foxbusiness.com Share This:

Read More
News 

In new poll, health care is the issue that won’t go away

“But aside from health care, no single issue was named by more than 31 percent” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. GOP legislation to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law failed in Congress, although the tax bill scraps the Obama requirement that most people get health insurance.The reason health care doesn’t fade away is that costs aren’t getting any more manageable, said some people who took part in the AP-NORC survey.Health care was by far the top issue mentioned by Democrats and independents.Bloodied on both sides,…

Read More
News 

Dybala goal will help rebuild confidence – Allegri

“Dybala put in a good performance, as did the whole team” writes Sporting News for sportingnews.com. He needed a good performance, but above all a goal, as it can help him find some calm and confidence, but it’s not as if he ever truly lost his way,” he told Rai Sport.Paulo Dybala’s goal in Juventus’ 2-0 win over Genoa in the Coppa Italia will do his confidence the world of good, but the Argentina forward never lost his way insists Massimiliano Allegri. Source: sportingnews.com Share This:

Read More