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Global Macro Scoreboard and Asset Heatmap: April 16, 2018

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U.S.-led strikes against Syrian government chemical weapons facilities drove global concern over oil markets and escalating conflict in the Middle East.

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These Sanctions Bite

Web traffic shows latest U.S. sanctions are hitting home in Russia, driving concerns about economic crisis.

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On April 6, the United States announced new sanctions against Russian oligarchs and businesses. The measures have wrought economic havoc in Russia. The ruble fell 5 percent against...

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Mall Blaze Sparks Outrage Across Russia

The tragedy in Siberia is driving widespread Russian attention to government corruption.

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For the last month, the escalating diplomatic conflict over the Kremlin's alleged poisoning of former intelligence double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK has captiv...

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Russia's Vote of Indifference

Russian internet users show uncharacteristic disinterest amid Sunday's presidential election.

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To the surprise of no one, Russian President Vladimir Putin was elected to a fourth six-year term on Sunday. Viable opposition leaders were barred from running. Voter turnout, whic...

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Will the SPD Youth Overthrow the GroKo?

Signals suggest the German young socialists' push to block Angela Merkel's grand coalition is falling flat.

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In Germany, the SPD's 464,000 party members are voting by postal ballot on whether to approve a four-year “grand coalition” (nicknamed the "GroKo") with Angela Merkel's CDU. The re...

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Navalny Who? The Russian Opposition Broadens

Russians are paying greater attention to economic and political grievances rather than specific opposition figures.

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Last week, principal Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny led nationwide protests to call for a boycott of the March 18 presidential election. For Putin, the vote is a fait accompl...

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Global Macro Scoreboard: North Korea, ECB, & Iran Nuclear Deal

The continued North Korean Crisis and European Central Bank topics dominated conversation over the past week, while the Iran Nuclear Deal is generating more attention.

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Though President Trump's tweet about nuclear button size turned the world's attention toward the North Korea Crisis last week, our signals revealed the possibility of increased Sou...

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Global Macro Scoreboard: Venezuela, U.S., and China Trade

With Nicolás Maduro expected to tighten his grip on Venezuela during today's municipal elections, public interest in a series of killings by state security forces shot upward, while global audiences are tuning back into the U.S. health care debate, and Chinese show concern over U.S.-China trade. Plus Brexit and Democratic Republic of Congo show online interest.

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1. Global netizens are paying attention to Venezuela, as the crisis-stricken country holds municipal elections today. With the opposition in disarray, ruling Socialist Party candid...

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Global Macro Scoreboard: Bitcoin, U.S. issues dominate

As the price of Bitcoin surged this week, so did online interest in the cryptocurrency and how to obtain it. And, apparent worry about a U.S. Stock Market bubble surfaced on the same day investors suddenly sold tech stocks.

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1. As the price of Bitcoin surged above $10,000 this week, our Bitcoin Market Monitor, which measures global online interest in the cryptocurrency, hit its highest level since 2013...

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Global Macro Scoreboard: Germany, China, France

Online attention to both German Elections and EU Reform rose, U.S.-China trade concerns resurfaced, Macron's online interest benefits as faith in other Western heads of state falters.

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1. German Elections topped the Global Macro Scoreboard this week after coalition talks between Angela Merkel's CDU, the liberal FDP, and the Greens failed. Increased attention to E...

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Weekly Asset Heatmap: Germany, Great Britain

Our analysis suggests Merkel is on shaky ground, and a big move may be coming in the pound.

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The Free Democratic Party (FDP) walked out of coalition talks Sunday due to reported divisions over energy, tax policy, and asylum-seekers. Predata’s signals that capture online Ge...

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