According to Busch, it's all about growth for:
- And The Federal Government
- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi pledged to do whatever was necessary to protect the euro zone from collapse, sending markets and the euro higher.
- Spain must submit to close scrutiny of its financial sector by European institutions and the International Monetary Fund as a condition for any bailout.
So, what's next for Europe? Busch said it looks like more of the same. There's no premium for taking risk when Europe bounces from crisis to crisis. Without risk, there's no start-ups and no start-ups equals no growth.
- China is ebbing into an export slowdown. However, the country's ravenous appetite for copper, oil and iron continues, poses a threat to commodity prices. CNBC Asia reports show that iron ore imports hit a record high in December and for all of 2012, rising 8.4%.
- China has also seen significant leadership, growth and economic shifts in 2012 that will come to play in 2013.
Will China sustain? Busch says that this looks to be the year of transition for China. China maintains lower growth, but consumer spending and urbanization drive value.
3. The Federal Government
- The U.S. spending and entitlement problem poses a long-term problem.
- The U.S. housing market is starting to stabilize. National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chief Economist David Crowe said in this article, "Nearly every measure of housing market strength – sales, starts, prices, permits and builder confidence – has been trending upward in recent months and we expect to see gradual but steady growth along these lines in 2013."
So, which way is it turned? The FED is actually doing something and Busch says it could tip in U.S. favor...or not. The alarming debt ceiling, budget and entitlements cause worry. However, a stabilizing housing market and rising energy trade lends reason for U.S. optimism.
Content compiled from Andrew Busch, Chief and Editor of the The Busch Update
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