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Fabricated Materials Commodity Slump
By ANGELA SMITH

Fabricated Materials commodity prices are at their lowest price in a few months at 322 CR/MT as of Thursday, fresh evidence that investors are betting on a downturn in the global economy after years of sluggish growth and scant inflation. Now, as signs of inflation and improving global demand have returned, investors are beginning to shy away from commodities. A sustained slump in commodities would likely signal unhealthy consumer and business demand.
Vieneo Deports Citizen
By LUCINDA SMITH

Commander MATHEW ZANDERS was deported Monday. Their visa was revoked by United Stellar Republic immigration representatives for reasons that are not yet clear.
E-11 Collides with Another Saint
By JAMES THILL
PHOTOGRAPHER; GREY GHOST

An E-11 Saint, operated by Mineral Mountain Madness Co., collided with another another E-11 last month at Deois Financial District. The wreck claimed 87 lives, including those of the Saint.
Unemployment Rampant
By ANGELA SMITH

The USR authorities report on last month that Deois unemployment has risen to the highest level in several months. That is a reported 0.27% of Deois inhabitants not officially employed. Who are these people? Where are they hiding? How do they survive? Of course, many will be the wives and families of hard-working colonists. And some will be casual laborers looking for work. But maybe there is a dark underbelly to our world? What are the implications for crime and of course for personal protection? We will follow this story.
Total Colonies Slump
By ANGELA SMITH

The Governor's office announced last month that the total colony count has fallen to 196, the lowest level in over a year. The Yonmaran development board is pointing fingers at the alliances blaming them for not maintaining the existing colonies and endangering the workforce.
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Consumer Goods Commodity Boom
By JAMES THILL

Consumer Goods commodity prices are enjoying their best run in several months at 5755 CR/MT as of yesterday, fresh evidence that investors are betting on a pickup in the global economy after years of sluggish growth and scant inflation. Now, as signs of inflation and improving global demand have returned, investors are beginning to pile back into commodities. A sustained rally in commodities would likely signal healthy consumer and business demand.
Global Population Booming
By ANGELA SMITH

The results of the most recent Vieneo census were completed Wednesday and with a new count of 81022 colonists has exceeded the record set over eleven years ago.
Vieneo Welcomes New Citizen
By LUCINDA SMITH

Commander MATHEW ZANDERS applied for Vieneo citizenship Monday. Their visa petition was immediately approved by the United Stellar Republic immigration representatives.
Prime Rate Slump
By ANGELA SMITH

Fleet Bank lowered their prime lending rate to a record 0.43 percent last month, their lowest level in over a year, and there is no sign that interest rates have bottomed out.

But many smaller businesses are in the black because of low borrowing costs and more than robust buying by consumers who themselves are being unshackled by deflation.

Many smaller commodity speculators are benefitting, too, as they find themselves able to get loans to cover the influx of new contracts they hold for Foodstuffs, Grade A materials, and other commodities.

Interest rates on such loans regularly are two percentage points or more above the prime, which is the rate banks charge their most credit-worthy corporate customers. Since banks now make most of their short-term business loans with a "floating" interest rate tied to the prime rate, decreases in the latter make money more readily available for borrowers.
BUSINESS

FTL Departs Easydock (TAC)
By LUCINDA SMITH
PHOTOGRAPHER; GREY GHOST

The DIHV ship TERANIA (IVR 3317-A) departed yesterday at 03:28Z.
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Officer Promoted
By LUCINDA SMITH

Commander MATHEW ZANDERS was officially promoted by the United Stellar Republic last month. They were cited for hard work and keeping their nose clean.
Alliance Membership Expands
By MARY STULL

Ensign JADEN OTTER joined the Mineral Mountain Madness Co. alliance earlier this year thereby expanding their total membership to 11.
Officer Promoted
By MARY STULL

Ensign JADEN OTTER was officially promoted by the United Stellar Republic earlier this year. They were cited for hard work and keeping their nose clean.