Bank of Canada Expected to Cut Rates Today
US Mortgage Delinquencies Continue to Rise
For the eighth straight quarter, the number of people defaulting on mortgages in the US has climbed rising 53 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008 when compared to the same period one year earlier. More 
Switzerland Officially Enters Recession
Switzerland’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contracted by 0.3 percent in the fourth quarter on declining exports and investment. More 
RBA Opts Not to Cut Rates
The aussie dollar received a boost today on news that the Reserve Bank of Australia will not cut interest rates for the time being. More 
Dead-Cat Bounce Today For North American Stocks
Despite S&P stock futures up a modest 2.8 percent giving hope for a slight rebound from yesterdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s heavy losses, markets in Asia and Europe resisted efforts to recover. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 continued to fall but started a recovery late in the day Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Hong KongÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Hang Seng fell 1.9 percent and IndiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Mumbai index closed down 2.3 percent.
In Europe, the UK FTSE was down 1.5 percent in mid-day trading, while GermanyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s DAX and FranceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s CAC 40 were essentially unchanged from yesterday. All eyes will be on the open in North America where yesterday, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped below 7,000 for the first time since April 25, 1997 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the Dow has dropped 52 percent from its record high of 14,164 recorded in October 2007.
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