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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.
  • September 19, 2014

    • The choice for Europe: coming together or breaking apart
    • Scotland votes nay
    • The dollar has been the beneficiary of global uncertainty
  • September 12, 2014

    • The implications of Scottish independence
    • U.S. consumer spending outlook remains positive
  • September 5, 2014

    • Can the eurozone avoid “Japanification?”
    • U.S. employment: Less rosy than expected
    • The U.S. capital spending outlook is promising
  • August 29, 2014

    • Flexible labor markets are key to recovering from recession
    • Wage trends present a challenge for the Fed
    • Bank settlements are sizeable, but the benefit to housing has been limited
  • August 22, 2014

    • The View from Jackson Hole
    • U.S. Auto Sales: Tailwinds Will Prevail
    • The Mystery of Long-Term Bond Yields
  • August 15, 2014

    • Summer’s Reading: Beware of Models and Irrational Behavior
    • Disappointing Second Quarter Results from Europe
    • Slowly and Subtly, Regulation Presses the Post-Crisis Agenda
  • August 8, 2014

    • Wage Growth May Not Be the Best Gauge of Labor Market Progress
    • The ECB’s Summer Holiday May Not Be Very Relaxing
    • A Novel Proposal for Mortgage Lending
  • August 1, 2014

    • Crude Oil: Changing landscape
    • July employment report: Solid but not spectacular
    • U.K.: Growing pie hides other challenges
  • July 25, 2014

    • Re-regulation has diminished market liquidity
    • Updated U.S. budget projections are improved but not comforting
    • The EU searches for the right response to Russia
  • July 18, 2014

    • Infrastructure: The challenge of meeting growing needs
    • The Fed should not be forced to follow formulas
    • Brazil: Will Lady Luck smile on the economy?