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Weekly Economic Commentary Archive

The weekly commentary is a review of current activity in global financial markets, with an emphasis on the U.S. fixed income market. Breaking news and market reactions form the core of this commentary.
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Economic Commentary

April 18, 2014

  • In a currency war, everyone loses
  • Should monetary policy be coordinated across countries?
  • The International Monetary Fund is at a crossroads

April 11, 2014

  • The Federal Reserve’s search for stability
  • The patterns of world trade are undergoing important changes
  • Greece issued debt this week: good news or bad news?

April 4, 2014

  • For the European Central Bank, actions will speak louder than words
  • Employment bounces back in the United States
  • Long-term unemployment should keep wage growth subdued

March 28, 2014

  • Using energy as a pawn may work to Russia’s disadvantage in the long run
  • China: 2014 economic outlook is hazy
  • Lessons from the 2014 stress test

March 21, 2014

  • The Federal Reserve’s updated guidance takes a page from its past
  • Wage trends will guide the timing of tightening
  • Chinese banking reformers should be careful what they wish for

March 14, 2014

  • Global trade negotiations have stalled
  • This is a delicate time for Chinese finance
  • Where will Europe’s growth come from?

March 7, 2014

  • The fight over Ukraine is an unwelcome source of uncertainty
  • Hiring in the U.S. improves in February
  • American businesses have lots of cash to invest

February 28, 2014

  • The sensitivity of emerging markets complicates the Fed’s exit plans
  • Raising the minimum wage is not the only way to aid low-income workers
  • Brazil’s economy is faltering as the World Cup approaches

February 21, 2014

  • Is the U.S. economy under the weather?
  • Japan is faltering a bit as year two of Abenomics begins
  • Bitcoin has generated a lot of attention, some of it unwanted

February 14, 2014

  • Arresting disinflation will require taking up the slack
  • Estimates of the U.S. output gap remain substantial
  • The U.S. achieves budget peace but still faces long-term fiscal challenges
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