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Europe Unemployment Hits Record High

Inflation in the eurozone has fallen to a three-year low and unemployment hit a new record, cementing expectations of an interest rate cut by the European Central Bank later this week.

Inflation tumbled to 1.2% in April, the lowest level since February 2010 and the biggest monthly drop in more than four years, the EU’s statistics office Eurostat said on Tuesday, reflecting an economy mired in recession.

That put the annual rate of increase in the cost of living well below the ECB’s target of close to, but below 2%, and raises pressure on the central bank to act.

via Financial Post [1]

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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