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EIA – Russia Country Analysis Brief

Russia International energy data and analysis: “Russia is the world’s largest producer of crude oil (including lease condensate) and the second-largest producer of dry natural gas. Russia also produces significant amounts of coal. Russia’s economy is highly dependent on its hydrocarbons, and oil and natural gas revenues account for more than 50% of the federalContinue Reading

Bank for International Settlements – new working papers

Bank for International Settlements – Working Papers: Credit and macroprudential policy in an emerging economy: a structural model assessment Phases of global liquidity, fundamentals news, and the design of macroprudential policy Macroprudential Policies in a Commodity Exporting Economy Macroeconomic Effects of Banking Sector Losses across Structural Models

Advance Report on U.S. International Trade

“Now available, the Advance Report: U.S. International Trade in Goods, presents advance statistics for June 2015 from “U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services.” This new monthly report provides more timely statistics on exports and imports of goods and enables decision makers to improve their measurements of the U.S. economy. For more information, see the Director’s BlogContinue Reading

EIGE launches Gender Equality Index 2015

European Institute for Gender Equality – “Since 2005 the EU is still only half way towards gender equality, as shown by the Gender Equality Index 2015 of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).  Two years on from the launch in 2013, EIGE has built a time series of the Index covering 2005, 2010 andContinue Reading

Most Americans support ban on public smoking

Gallup: “A majority of Americans continue to believe smoking should be made illegal in all public places (58%), as they have since 2011. Forty-one percent are opposed to a total ban in public places. The latest results come from Gallup’s July 8-12 Consumption Habits survey, in which 19% of Americans report having smoked cigarettes inContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Credit Rating Analysts, Facial Recognition Technology, Federal Autism Research, Hurricane Sandy, Nuclear Weapons Sustainment

Credit Rating Analysts: Views Varied on Merits of a Professional Organization, but Creating One Now Viewed as Premature, GAO-15-591: Published: Jul 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2015. Facial Recognition Technology: Commercial Uses, Privacy Issues, and Applicable Federal Law, GAO-15-621: Published: Jul 30, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2015. Federal Autism Research: Updated Information onContinue Reading

Global law firm implements innovative internal messaging system

Legal Insider – “In an idea that has yet to be fully embraced by its staff, DLA Piper has introduced its own internal Twitter for enterprise called Grapevine. Using Greets instead of Tweets, Grapevine is an open security model which is being used to send messages; spread news, information and know-how across the firm; and sendContinue Reading

200 Defendants Investigated by SIGTARP convicted of TARP related crimes

News release, July 30, 2015: “The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) announced that 200 bankers, corporate executives, mortgage modification scammers, real estate developers, brokers, and other defendants investigated by SIGTARP and our law enforcement partners have been convicted of crimes related to TARP. Of the 200 defendantsContinue Reading

2015 Revision of World Population Prospects

UN: “The 2015 Revision of World Population Prospects is the twenty-fourth round of official United Nations population estimates and projections that have been prepared by the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat. The main results are presented in a series of Excel files displaying key demographicContinue Reading

Stress Testing Convergence

Gutierrez Gallardo, German and Schuermann, Til and Duane, Michael, Stress Testing Convergence (July 28, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: “This year, 2015, marks the six-year anniversary of US regulatory stress testing. We observe three key trends: 1) Increasingly aggressive capital management: Banks initially responded to CCAR by maintaining wide capital cushions vs. regulatoryContinue Reading

See the world in your language with Google Translate

Google Blog: “The Google Translate app already lets you instantly visually translate printed text in seven languages. Just open the app, click on the camera, and point it at the text you need to translate—a street sign, ingredient list, instruction manual, dials on a washing machine. You’ll see the text transform live on your screenContinue Reading