Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Adam Hewison: This Little European Country Holds the Key to Our Economic Future

It would appear that this little country in Europe holds the key to either economic disaster or economic enslavement. The entire country of Slovakia has a population of a little over four million people and a workforce of maybe two million people. These two million people are now being asked to shoulder the debt burden of $5 billion as their share of the European recovery program. That does not seem fair to me.

This tiny country has a better GDP growth rate than the United States. It also has a population that is 99% literate. And I heard this morning, their tax rate is 19% for individuals and 19% for corporations, and the country is thriving in relative terms. Maybe we can all learn something from how this country is run.

GDP (2010 est.): $88.4 billion.
GDP growth rate (2010): 4.0%.
Nominal GDP per capita (2010): $16,288 (ING Bank).
Unemployment (2010): 13.5%.
Consumer price inflation (2010): 1% (Ministry of Finance).
Public deficit (2010): 7.8% GDP.

Now let’s see what our Trade Triangle technology is saying about crude oil......

Please note that we are switching to the December contract for crude oil. Presently this market is overbought and we expect to see a pullback from current levels. We are not totally convinced that this market has made a reversal to the upside and expect it to once again reverse back down and test the $80 level. As you know this market has been closely tied in to the movements of the S&P 500. Overall we still view the trend in this market as negative. Intermediate and Long term traders should continue to be short the crude oil market.

Monthly Trade Triangles for Long Term Trends = Negative
Weekly Trade Triangles for Intermediate Term Trends = Negative
Daily Trade Triangles for Short Term Trends = Positive
Combined Strength of Trend Score = – 55

November crude oil closed up $0.65 a barrel at $86.05 today. Prices closed nearer the session high again today and hit another fresh three week high. Bulls have gained solid upside technical momentum just recently. Prices have rallied around $10.00 a barrel from last week's low. The bulls have the near term technical advantage.

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