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The U.S. and global economies have been caught in a slow-growth rut for several years now, and with the rising concerns about decelerating gross domestic product (GDP) gains in China, there’s little reason to think the pace of expansion will start climbing any time soon.

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The steep and sudden devaluation of the Chinese yuan this week should remove any remaining doubts that the world’s major economies are engaged in a currency war.

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The problem isn’t that China’s defaulting on its debt. It’s that the country’s once-runaway economic growth is flagging.

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It seems the only predictable thing about the markets these days is their unpredictability.

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Beginning this week, we’re moving into the heart of earnings season for the second quarter of 2015. Whereas the early earnings numbers tend to be concentrated in specific industries, all 10 of the Standard & Poor’s 500 sectors will be represented in this week’s reports. This widening allows us to start identifying trends that may have a bearing on the quarters ahead.

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