Source: Sky news
According to the Daily Mail, Monday is one of the worst days in history for stocks, job loss, and ships crashing into icebergs.
Source: Daily Mail
Source: BBC News
Source: The Guardian
It was just on the 5th of August, 2011 that the top notch credit rating of the US was downgraded by one notch by the Standard & Poor’s credit rating agency. All the consumers, investors and financial analysts were worried about the impact of the credit downgrade on the investment market and are now habituated with it. Though experts suggested that the interest rates on personal loans would increase, there has been no serious effect that is seen within the industry. Though this credit downgrade resulted from the inability of the Obama administration and the Congress, there are fears of yet another downgrade by the end of 2011 provided the Congress fails to agree to a long term plan that can tame the nation’s $14.9 trillion.
The previous downgrade was a decision of the ace credit reporting agency Standard & Poor’s but research reveals that the Bank of America units predict that the next credit downgrade would be a decision of either Fitch or Moody’s. The stock and bond markets swooned after the Standard & Poor’s curbed the nation’s bond rating in the month of August, after the long months of bickering by the Congress on how best to reduce the expenses and also curb the budget deficit. Research reveals that the United States spends almost 40% more in a year than it collects on taxes.
All the major credit rating agencies strongly feel that another credit downgrade is round the corner if the Congress emerges unsuccessful and can’t come up with an authentic plan to reduce and curtail the deficit. This is the reason why the experts are predicting at least one more credit downgrade by the last week of November, 2011 or the first week of December. Instead of agreeing to cut down the deficits, or add new taxes, the president Barack Obama and the Congress appointed a bipartisan “super-committee” so that they could reach the deal and lower the US debt deficit by at least $1.2 trillion by the last week of November, 2011. If there’s no further deal, there will be some automatic across-the-board cuts through which there will be a restriction on discretionary spending. The Congress would be free to stop all of these reductions if it wanted.
Therefore, if you’re a debtor who is worried about the future interest rates, you must look at the big picture. Take firm decisions so that you don’t fall in trouble in the near future. Make sure you save enough money and form a cushion on which you can fall back during uncertain times.
Author Bio: Kavin Matthews is a financial writer who deals with the contemporary finance world. He loves to analyze certain present financial issues so that he can make people aware of the pros and cons of their financial decisions. He contributes news articles to various blogs, communities and websites.
According to the latest figures of the Labor Department, the US economy has seen another 54000 job losses in the month of August making it the third consecutive month of job losses in US. As a result to the job losses the unemployment rate grew up to 9.6% in August from 9.5% of July.
Total Losses = 54000
Source: Top News US
It has been a grim two weeks around the world with plenty of big name companies letting go employees. Below are just a summary of the ones that caught the news.
Russia’s AvtoVAZ plan to layoff 27000 employees to improve performance at a factory that has been clobbered by the sharp drop in demand for cars.
OCI Chemical Corp layoffs 38 employees
Ashland Inc plans to cut 1800 jobs
True Textile layoffs 84 workers
Siemens plans to cut 1400 jobs in Europe
Avon to cut 1200 jobs
Pratt & Whitney to cut 1000 jobs in Connecticut
Yahoo to cut 675 jobs
Alliance Resource Partners layoffs 72 employees
Assurant Employee Benefits plans to cut 91 jobs
Hardinge layoffs 50 workers
Intel plans to layoff 294 employees in Ireland
US Airways plans to cut 34 jobs at General Mitchell International Airport
Belden to close Mass. plant lay off 170
Erica Lyons to lay off 75 close Miami facility
Continental Airlines cuts 1700 jobs
Gemini Manufacturing Corp to layoff 81 workers
Carlisle Tire & Wheel to close North College Street plant 340 jobs at stake
Cygnus Business Media cuts 50 jobs
Buckeye Partners layoffs 260 employees
Microdyne to close Groveport center layoffs 78
Arizona Attorney General’s Office cuts 29 jobs
Source: Layoff Tracker
Total losses = 50392
Source: Graham Hicott of the Mirror
More than 3000 people a day are joining the ranks of the unemployed as the recession tightens its grip. The jobless total surged by a record 281,000 to almost 2.4 million in the three months to May.
The increase â€“ taking the number out of work to the highest for 14 years â€“ was described as “truly horrendous” by experts. And the tally worsened yesterday as car giant Jaguar announced 300 job losses with plans to cease production of the X-Type at its Halewood factory on Merseyside.
Paul Kenny, general secretary of the GMB union, said:
People are paying a very high price for this bankers’ recession as unemployment heads back to the three million seen in the Tory years. The news that Goldman Sachs intend to restart paying billions in bonuses to bankers adds insult to injury.
The figures showed unemploymentÂ atÂ 7.6% to the end of May â€“ but it is feared to have gone even higher since.Â In June, the number claiming dole was up 23,800 to 1.56 million.
Yesterday’s report from the Office for National Statistics revealed youth unemployment at a 16-year high of 726,000.
The number of people out of work for longer than a year also rose by 46,000 to 528,000, the highest for 11 years. TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said threatened public spending cuts could only make things worse, while The Prince’s Trust warned of dire consequences for young people.
Chief executive Martina Milburn said:
Another young person is added to Britain’s dole queue nearly every minute of every day. We need to help them into work before they become a lost generation.
Shadow work and pensions secretary Theresa May said unemployment cast a “dark cloud over the economy.” But Employment Minister Jim Knight said there was hope, with the UK figures better than in the US, Germany and France.
Through investing now, fewer people are getting stuck on benefit for months and years.
Everyone knows the scams “You have won X hundred thousand pounds or dollars” and you need to send your details to some dodgy Nigerian at some ridiculously false address. Well here is another one, although this time they are being quite crafty by using Google the popular search engine as the rewarders of the prize money. Definitely a scam (no doubt) as you just have to look at the return address or Sender Details.
Anyhoo here is the email.
It finally happened. The super rich workers in the UK earning Â£150 000 or more are going to be taxed 50% from April 2010.Â How sorry I feel for these “poor” rich people…..NOT!
For many years now it seems the rich have gotten richer because they are able to stash their cash into foreign bank accounts where tax is a lot less than the UK, or they hide behind loop holes that prevent them from paying high tax. It is always the middle man (the not so rich nor not so poor man) that seems to end up being screwed by the tax man and every other stealth tax under the sun.
The problem with the announcement today is that a lot of wealthy talented foreign people living and working in the UK will simply up sticks and leave to avoid paying the high tax, which means the country as a whole will lose out on exceptional talent. One has to accept that good talented people cost money and in most cases deserve their huge salaries, but where does one draw the line?
No one likes paying taxes, but it should be fair, and currently I believe the rich are not paying their fair share.
On top of all that, if one takes all the top traders, managers, directors and CEO’s of these doomed hedge funds, investment banks, and banks, why should they get away with screwing up the banking system and not paying for their bad decisions and judgements calls?
On another positive note I see they are increasing the tax on cigarettes and alcohol. Hit them where it hurts the most I say!
The Retail Price Index fell below 0% today meaning the UK is official in deflation. This doesn’t really mean much to most people but millions could be affected as RPI is used as a marker for private sector wage levels and the basis for rises in state pension payments and other benefits. (Oh dear, as if we need to hear more bad news)?
Deflation according to wikipedia is defined as a sustained, generalised fall in prices across the economy.
It was another miserable week around the world with plenty of lay offs taking place.
Please note: I get my information from many web sites and news resources. If anything is deemed to be inaccurate, or wrong, then please drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will make the necessary changes.
Teradyne Inc. Apr 17,Â Â 350
Playworld Systems Apr 17,Â Â 38
Sony Ericsson Mobile Apr 17,Â Â 2000
Boeing Apr 17,Â Â 120
Seymour Tubing Inc. Apr 17,Â Â 86
Carlyle & Co. Apr 17,Â Â 90
Harley-Davidson Apr 16,Â Â 70
ABX Air, Inc. Apr 16,Â Â 518
Observer & Eccentric newspapers Apr 16,Â Â 44
Ritz Camera Centers Apr 16,Â Â 63
Somaxon Pharmaceuticals Apr 15,Â Â 7
Air France-KLM Airlines April 15,Â 2500-3000
Tribune Apr 14,Â Â 90
The HOMAC Companies Apr 14,Â Â 54
Cisco Systems Apr 14,Â Â 1500 10%
Hallmark Cards, Inc. Apr 14,Â Â 750
MEMC Electronic Materials Apr 14,Â Â 200
ArcelorMittal Apr 13,Â Â 400
Owens-Illinois Apr 12,Â Â 400
LyondellBasell Apr 11,Â Â 3000
InfoSys Apr 11,Â Â 2100
CB&I Constructors Apr 10,Â Â 80
American Republic Apr 10,Â Â 30
Lehigh Southwest Central Apr 10,Â Â 40
LyondellBasell Apr 9, 3000
Russian Railways Apr 8, 53700
Total losses = 69030
We are back from a few days off over Easter. All the depressing news of job losses, recession, credit crunch victims does get to one after a while. So I am well rested and ready for the next lot of bad news. (sorry!)
Company Name | Date of | Number of | Percent of Work Force
Anglo Platinum 02/09/2009 10000 13%
KV Pharmaceutical 02/09/2009 700
N/A Nissan Motor 02/08/2009 20000 8%
Apartment Investment 02/06/2009 300 5%
Allis-Chalmers 02/06/2009 235 8%
Merix Corp. 02/06/2009 230 6%
International Rectifier 02/05/2009 850 18%
Power-One Inc. 02/05/2009 1000 22%
Bombardier 02/05/2009 1360 4.5%
Estee Lauder 02/05/2009 2000 6%
Talbots Inc. 02/05/2009 370 17% -p
Time Warner Cable 02/04/2009 1250 3%
THQ Inc. 02/04/2009 350 16%
Harman International 02/04/2009 1110 9.4%
Finisair Corp. 02/04/2009 200 17% ON
Semiconductor Corp. 02/04/2009 350 3%
Panasonic 02/04/2009 15000 5%
Allergan 02/04/2009 560 5%
Electronic Arts Inc. 02/03/2009 1100 11%
PNC Financial Services 02/03/2009 5800 10%
King Pharmaceuticals 02/03/2009 760 22%
Liz Claiborne 02/03/2009 725 8%
SAS 02/03/2009 3000 13% -n
Huntington Bancshares 02/03/2009 500 4%
Atlas Copco 02/02/2009 3000 9%
QAD Inc. 02/02/2009 125 8%
Macy’s 02/02/2009 7000 4%
NEC 01/30/2009 20000 7%
Hitachi 01/30/2009 7000 2%
Sears Holdings Corp 01/30/2009 300 -l 4.34% -m
Electro Scientific 01/30/2009 84 11.9%
IDT Corp. 01/30/2009 146 8.5% A.H.
Belo Corp. 01/30/2009 500 14%
Tribune Co. 01/30/2009 300 -k N/A
Caterpillar 01/30/2009 22110 -j N/A
Baldwin Technology 01/30/2009 80 12%
American Axle 01/30/2009 3000 N/A
Pep Boys 01/30/2009 50 N/A
KCOM Group Plc 01/30/2009 150 N/A
Chartered Semiconductor 01/29/2009 600 8%
Alexza Pharmaceuticals 01/29/2009 52 33%
International Game Tech 01/29/2009 200 10%
Charles Schwab Corp. 01/29/2009 500-600 3.7%-4.5%
Chico’s FAS 01/29/2009 180 11% -i
Eddie Bauer Holdings 01/29/2009 193 15% -h
Black & Decker 01/29/2009 1200 5%
Bon-Ton Stores Inc. 01/29/2009 1150 3%
Zygo Corp 01/29/2009 NA 7%
Accuray Inc. 01/29/2009 60 13% -g
Broadcom Corp. 01/29/2009 300 3%
Eastman Kodak 01/29/2009 4500 18%
AstraZeneca 01/29/2009 7400 11%
Ford Motor Credit 01/28/2009 1200 20%
Analogic Corp. 01/28/2009 140 9%
Ferro Corp. 01/28/2009 125 2% -f
Avocent Corp. 01/28/2009 170 8%
Boeing Co. 01/28/2009 10000 6% -d
Bowne & Co. 01/28/2009 200 6%
Sepracor Inc. 01/28/2009 530 20%
Allstate Corp. 01/28/2009 1000 -e 2.6%
Cabot Corp. 01/28/2009 500 12%
Skyworks Solutions 01/28/2009 150 4%
Citrix Systems 01/28/2009 N/A 10%
Jabil Circuit 01/28/2009 3000 4.92%
AOL 01/28/2009 700 10%
Starbucks 01/28/2009 6700 4%
SAP 01/28/2009 3000 6%
STMicroelectronics 01/28/2009 4500 9%
Avery Dennison 01/27/2009 N/A 10%
Baker Hughes 01/27/2009 1500 4%
Corning 01/27/2009 3500 13%
Cooper Industries 01/27/2009 2200 7%
Clariant 01/27/2009 1000 5%
Texas Instruments 01/26/2009 3400 12%
Home Depot 01/26/2009 7000 2%
Sprint Nextel 01/26/2009 8000 13%
Pfizer 01/26/2009 8300 10%
ING 01/26/2009 7000 5%
Philips Electronics 01/26/2009 6000 5%
Corus 01/26/2009 3500 10%
Harley-Davidson 01/23/2009 1100 11%
Microsoft 01/22/2009 5000 5%
Huntsman 01/22/2009 1175 9%
Intel 01/21/2009 6000 -c 7%
UAL 01/21/2009 1000 2%
Eaton 01/20/2009 5200 6%
Bose 01/20/2009 1000 10%
Rohm & Haas 01/20/2009 900 5.7%
Clear Channel 01/20/2009 1850 9%
ConocoPhillips 01/16/2009 1300 4%
Circuit City 01/16/2009 34000 100% -a
Pfizer 01/16/2009 3200 -b 3%
AMD 01/16/2009 1100 9%
Hertz Global Holdings 01/16/2009 4000 13%
Wellpoint 01/16/2009 1500 3.6%
Saks 01/15/2009 1100 9%
MeadWestvaco 01/15/2009 2000 10%
Autodesk 01/15/2009 750 10%
Motorola 01/14/2009 4000 6%
Barclays 01/14/2009 2100 1.3%
Neiman Marcus 01/13/2009 375 3%
Cummins 01/13/2009 800 2%
Seagate Technology 01/12/2009 800 10%
Cessna 01/12/2009 2000 N/A
Walgreen 01/08/2009 1000 9% -o
Lenovo Group 01/08/2009 2500 11%
EMC 01/07/2009 2400 7%
Logitech International 01/06/2009 500 5%
Alcoa 01/06/2009 15000 14.5%
Cigna 01/05/2009 1100 4%
a. Company in liquidation
b. Includes announcements of 2,400 cuts on Jan. 16 and 800 layoffs on Jan. 13.
c. Number of employees affected by plant closures, not all will lose jobs
d. Includes Jan. 9 announcement of 4,500 layoffs from commercial-airplane staff
e. Reductions to come over the next two years
f. Cut in Limoges, France manufacturing plant
g. Percentage of U.S. work force
h. Percentage of non-retail staff
i. Percentage of headquarters staff
j. Includes 20,000 job cuts announced Jan. 26 and 2,110 announced Jan. 30
k. All cuts from Los Angeles Times
l. Approximate number of corporate staff cuts
m. Percentage of cuts made to corporate staff
n. The work force will be reduced by another 5,600 staff as divisions are divested or outsourced.
o. The percentage represents cuts made to eligible corporate positions and certain field-management positions
p. Percent of corporate-level jobs.