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Milestone AMG Group

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    Milestone AMG has been regarded by its peers as one of the best Independent Financial Advisory firms consistently providing the latest and most profitable financial solutions to today’s investors. We believe that even though the markets change on a daily basis, the principles for investing always remain constant. Our investment research is not just based on the major indexes. When we look for new and exciting opportunities we will search all indices for the right recommendations. Today we look at Scandinavia (also referred to as the ‘Nordic’ region) as we research the four countries that make up the region: Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.


    Economic Growth The regional economy grew by a healthy 2.5% in2011, but lost momentum towards the end of the year. Growth is expected to slow down in 2012, but contraction is not anticipated for any of the Nordic countries. GDP is forecasted to rebound to some 2% in 2013. Public finances remain relatively well contained and all maintained triple-A ratings on government debt. With the current European crisis in full motion, the Nordic economies offer an alternative to the major European markets.

    Interest Rates Long term interest rates remained low across the region in the first quarter of 2012. Yields on 10-year government bonds were below inflation in Denmark, Norway and Sweden again proving the region’s economic strength.

    Employment Overall emplo...

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    The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly employment situation report Friday showing that Non-Farm Payrolls increased by 171,000 jobs in October and revisions added an additional 85,000 jobs, greater than estimates of an increase of 125,000 jobs on the headline number. The unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent. S&P 500 futures were flat heading into the release but jumped higher by about five points after the release to 1,427.60. Also, the 10-year Treasury yield increased and the USD/JPY, the most susceptible currency pair to price swings due to economic releases, jumped from near 80.30 to 80.60 on the release. As yields increase in the U.S. and the economy improves, investors sell the yen against the dollar in search for higher yields and safer returns. Gold slipped below $1,700.00 per ounce on the COMEX as hopes of further QE from the Fed were dashed by the stronger than expected jobs growth. Manufacturing jobs were rather strong in October, adding jobs after consecutive months of job losses. The ISM Manufacturing Index and its employment sub-index hinted that this number could improve and it did. However, average hourly earnings and the average workweek remained flat, meaning employees are not seeing wage nor hours growth.


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