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Latina Banker Selected By Obama To Lead Small Business Agency

February 13th, 2014 by James

Maria Contreras-Sweet was nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama to lead the Small Business Administration, an agency providing loans and assistance to small businesses for getting government contracts.

Latina Banker Selected By Obama To Lead Small Business Agency

The selection of 58-year-old Maria Contreras-Sweet fills the final slot in the president’s second-term Cabinet as the post of SBA administrator has been vacant since August, when Karen Mills accepted joint posts at Harvard Business School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Gary Toebben, president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, said Contreras-Sweet “is highly regarded in Los Angeles and throughout the state of California.” “She is articulate and passionate about helping small businesses,” Toebben said.

“She understands the needs of small business owners like herself. She knows how they can lift entire communities, and ultimately how they lift our country,” Obama said while making the announcement at the White House.

Maria is the second Hispanic nominated to Obama’s second-term cabinet after Labor Secretary Tom Perez. She is the founder of ProAmerica Bank, a Latino-owned community bank in Los Angeles, which emphasizes on lending to small- and medium-sized Latino businesses.

“Maria knows how hard it is to get started on a business, the grueling hours, the stress, the occasional self-doubt – although I have not yet seen self-doubt out of Maria,” Obama said.

Contreras-Sweet immigrated to the United States as a child and was California’s secretary of business, transportation and housing in the Democratic administration of Gray Davis.

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Asian Stocks On A Slippery Road, Euro Stuck Near Lows

February 2nd, 2014 by James

On Monday, Asian shares were giving ground at a slow pace as strains in emerging markets demonstrated little signs of abating while adding pressure for another policy easing in Europe shoved the euro to lows of 10 weeks.

Asian Stocks On A Slippery Road, Euro Stuck Near Lows

Japan’s Nikkei .N225 led the way with a loss of 1.2 percent while MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS eased 0.2 percent, while Seoul’s KOSPI lost 0.6 percent .KS11.

This week, investors can expect a lot of event risk with a raft of global business surveys and jobs data from the United States to provide a clearer view on how well the global economy is performing.

It was cautioned by analysts that the ongoing Lunar New Year holiday that began on January 31 probably dragged on output as manufacturers shut up shop for the biggest annual holiday of China. This was after another downbeat report from China where the official Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) dipped to 50.5 in January from December’s 51, in line with market expectations.

The PMI of South Korea, on the other hand, edged up to its highest in eight months. “Manufacturing conditions continue to improve in Korea, boosted by stronger new orders on the external front,” said HSBC economist Ronald Man. “This suggests that Korea is on track for a gradual export-led recovery.”

Inflation in the euro zone ran at just 0.7 percent for the year to January, a level that has prompted the European Central Bank to ease in the past.

“We think the low inflation readings in the euro area, along with fears of a further decline into deflationary territory, will lead the ECB to cut the main refinancing rate by 15 basis points, and to cut the deposit rate by 10 basis points,” said Dean Maki, an economist at Barclays.

“Advanced economy growth is benefiting from the very accommodative monetary policy that has been fostered by low inflation readings.”

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