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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.

Economic Commentary

January 31, 2014

  • China’s shadow banking products are coming under the spotlight
  • Emerging markets: Be sure to differentiate
  • The fixed income sector’s surprising strength

January 24, 2014

  • The Bank of England gets what it wished for
  • U.S. capital spending: is 2014 the catch-up year?

January 17, 2014

  • The U.S. budget deal reduces policy uncertainty
  • The fiscal state of the states is better, but challenges remain
  • Meeting the new cast at the Fed

January 10, 2014

  • December U.S. employment report clouded by weather-related factors
  • A review of the two U.S. employment surveys
  • The ECB reaches a critical stage

January 3, 2014

  • Six Questions for 2014

December 20, 2013

  • The Year in Review

December 13, 2013

  • FOMC Preview: Less quantitative easing and more forward guidance

December 6, 2013

  • The U.S. employment report puts taper onto the table
  • Don’t expect further rate cuts from the ECB or the Fed
  • Auto sales have been a bright spot amid sluggish consumer spending

November 22, 2013

  • The world needs to do more to stimulate spending
  • Moderate gains are seen for U.S. holiday sales
  • The Federal Reserve may change its policy mix

November 15, 2013

  • The Federal Reserve’s policies may remain easier for longer than previously thought
  • What’s the best way to arrest falling labor force participation?
  • Look for the Fed to adopt a lower unemployment target