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Weekly Economic Commentary Archive

 
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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.
  • December 12, 2014

    • The Fed prepares to take a “considerable” step
    • We could be in for another round of emerging market volatility
  • December 5, 2014

    • Oil isn’t the only commodity enduring a significant correction
    • The European Central Bank moves closer to QE
    • The U.S. is nearing full employment, but inflation holds the key to monetary policy
  • November 21, 2014

    • Mixed fortunes drive the outlook for holiday spending
    • The Fed and Bank of England are working harder to achieve consensus
    • The dollar has a long way to strengthen before it impairs U.S. growth
  • November 14, 2014

    • Falling oil prices produce gain… and pain
    • Brazil’s post-election challenges
    • The Fed may seek to overshoot its inflation target
  • November 7, 2014

    • The mid-term elections: A new cast faces old problems
    • Japan: Kuroda’s Halloween surprise
    • The U.S. has very solid job growth but not much wage growth
  • October 31, 2014

    • The ECB’s stress test is a positive – but only first – step
    • Falling oil prices are a two-way street for the U.S.
    • Ebola has proved contagious to body and mind
  • October 24, 2014

    • Inflation is falling, but it won’t go through the floor
    • Income inequality is affecting consumption categories
    • Do new mortgage lending rules strike the right balance?
  • October 17, 2014

    • The market’s correction has many scratching their heads
    • Russia’s economy is feeling a pinch but not real pain
    • Long-term remedies will be needed to secure U.S. budget health
  • October 10, 2014

    • Hong Kong gets occupied
    • U.S. corporate taxes: Fact, fiction and framing
    • Has the U.S. Treasury blunted the Fed's QE program?
  • October 3, 2014

    • What is a good monthly U.S. payroll number?
    • The September U.S. job data were strong but may not move the Fed’s needle
    • Falling inflation and inflation expectations will keep central banks from tightening
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