That sound you hear is Europe coughing and wheezing. It seems that the continent has caught a cold when it comes to economic growth. The crisis in Russia and the Ukraine — which we’ve been able to pretty much ignore here in the U.S. — is finally catching up to the Old Country. Germany, France and a whole host of European nations are feeling the pinch. That isn’t good news for the world’s economy nor our stocks. Here’s Adam Samson at Fox Business with the run-down of all Europe’s current troubles.
Business Insider (Sam Ro): The issues even stem to Europe’s stalwart Germany. And that’s a big problem.
The New York Times’ DealBook (Jenny Anderson): Europe loads up on junk bonds. Yeah, that’ll end well…
Bloomberg View (Mark Gilbert): Get ready for Europe to “Crash & Burn.”
Dragonfly Capital (Greg Harmon): Although, all of this negativity has made European stocks pretty cheap.
Sober Look (Staff): So why isn’t gold lower? Here’s a list of things propping it up.
Wall Street Journal (Juliet Chung and Kirsten Grind): The SEC finally starts looking at alternative mutual funds. That means trouble in fund land.
What Works On Wall Street Blog (Jim O’Shaughnessy): Shareholder yield — the combo of dividends and buybacks — is the best way to find stock-market “gold.”
Beyond BRICS (Avantika Chilkoti): India says yes to REITs. Big news for a huge and growing commercial property market.
CNN Money (Alanna Petroff): The good news for Europe: The printed marshmallow industry is booming. Now you can eat your own face!