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Aug 08, 2014

Rediscover Fed Funds

Rediscover Fed Funds Top-line economic numbers depicting the state of the U.S. economy suggest that there are valid reasons to be optimistic – with the unemployment rate at 6.2% and core inflation in the form of the PCE at 1.5%.* The ongoing strength...

Aug 07, 2014

Europe needs to start printing more money - and it needs to do it now

Two months ago, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced new measures to stimulate the euro area's economy. More recently, it led investors to expect nothing further from yesterday's meeting of its governing council. In his statement yesterday, ECB ... #Europe #European Central Bank #Mario Draghi #Federal Reserve

Jul 30, 2014

Hey Kids: Keep the Noise Down! (GDP Version)

What parent, busily trying to make sense out jumpy data, hasn't yelled that down to the basement, especially during summer, when the kids are home from school? My kids, however, schooled in the volatility of high-frequency data, yell back: "Dad, if y... #Europe #European Central Bank #Mario Draghi #Federal Reserve

Jul 31, 2014

Falling prices on radar as euro inflation drops again

Annual inflation in the euro zone fell in July to its lowest since the height of the financial crisis in 2009, keeping the risk of deflation on policymakers' radar but unlikely to spur the European Central Bank into further policy action. The slowdow... #European Central Bank #European Union #IHS Inc.

Jul 28, 2014

The Tradeoff Between Inflation and Unemployment: What We Don't Know Can Hurt Us

To assert that economists are having trouble figuring out the relationship between inflation and unemployment is like saying chefs can't figure out what to do with salt and pepper. It's that fundamental. Yet, we're befuddled, and that has powerful po... #European Central Bank #European Union #IHS Inc.

Jul 23, 2014

Consumer price gain slips in June

WASHINGTON -- U.S. consumer prices rose in June at a slightly slower pace than in May, with two-thirds of the June advance driven by the largest jump in gasoline prices in a year. Prices rose 0.3 percent in June after a 0.4 percent rise in May, the L... #Iraq #Middle East #Global Insight #IHS Inc. #Federal Reserve #Labor Department