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  1. September 19, 2014

    Bond markets ‘join the dots’ on Fed rates

    Forecasting interest rates can be a humbling business. Just ask the ranks of Wall Street economists who predicted much...

  2. September 18, 2014

    Yellen charts a smooth course to normality

    In addition to setting optimal interest rates, a central bank governor must avoid sowing confusion. On both counts Janet...

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  1. September 18, 2014

    Yellen fights a war against impatience

    Janet Yellen is fighting a war against impatience. After years of low interest rates, and eight months in the job during...

  2. FT Alphaville

    September 17, 2014

    Maths and the FOMC

    The dot plot might include two downward pointing arrows to offset the two hawks dissenting from the Federal Reserve...

  3. September 17, 2014

    Fed renews pledge on low rates

    The US Federal Reserve maintained its commitment to keeping rates low for a “considerable time” after it stops buying assets...

  4. FT Alphaville

    September 17, 2014

    Reminder: Macro Live for FOMC presser starting at 2:25pm EST

    Just passing along the same info as earlier today… A potentially pivotal FOMC meeting wraps up today, after which Janet...

  5. September 17, 2014

    Wells Fargo eases lending requirements for apartment purchases

    Wells Fargo, the biggest originator of US home loans, is easing lending requirements for people buying certain types of...

  6. September 17, 2014

    Fed watch: 6 things to focus on

    Just like last year, the September gathering of Federal Reserve officials has investors wound up like coiled springs. That’s...

  7. FT Alphaville

    September 17, 2014

    Reminder: US Macro Live, FOMC presser edition

    A potentially pivotal FOMC meeting wraps up today, after which Janet Yellen will take questions from the media. Over at the...

  8. September 15, 2014

    Europe junk bonds recover from sell-off

    For a reminder of the perils of investing in the riskier end of Europe’s junk bond market, look no further than Phones 4U,...

  9. September 14, 2014

    Investors await shift in Fed’s rate language

    US bond traders are warily awaiting this week’s meeting of the Federal Reserve as debate intensifies over when the US...

  10. Gavyn Davies

    August 29, 2014

    US economy: 'pent up wage deflation' blues

    “Pent up wage deflation” is an unfamiliar and somewhat abstruse term dropped into the economic lexicon last week by Janet...

  11. August 26, 2014

    Wells chief warns on mortgage lending

    The chief executive of Wells Fargo has warned that the biggest US mortgage provider will avoid providing home loans to...

  12. August 25, 2014

    Financials lead the charge on day of records

    The US financial sector led a broad advance on the S&P 500 on Monday – helping to send the index above 2,000 for the first...

  13. Gavyn Davies

    August 25, 2014

    Draghi steals the show at Jackson Hole

    For macro investors, the end of summer is usually signalled by the Kansas City Fed’s annual conference at Jackson Hole. On...

  14. August 24, 2014

    Job concerns dominate Jackson Hole debate

    Mario Draghi sat next to Janet Yellen at lunch in Jackson Hole, and when he got up to speak, he began by observing that his...

  15. August 23, 2014

    Bank of England admits mistake over labour market growth

    Ben Broadbent, deputy governor of the Bank of England, has said the central bank’s recent focus on unemployment and wages...

  16. August 22, 2014

    Draghi softens tone on austerity

    Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank president, has signalled he is becoming increasingly concerned about high...

  17. August 22, 2014

    Yellen debuts with sense of balance

    Janet Yellen’s challenge in giving her first Jackson Hole speech as chair of the US Federal Reserve was formidable. On the...

  18. FT Alphaville

    August 22, 2014

    Janet Yellen's Rorschach speech

    If the policy implications of Janet Yellen’s every word could be ignored, then her speech at Jackson Hole this year would...

  19. August 22, 2014

    Dollar buoyed by early US rate rise talk

    The dollar had much in its support this week, with geopolitics still providing a tense backdrop to currency markets, while...

  20. August 22, 2014

    Yellen highlights labour market dilemma

    Janet Yellen highlighted extreme uncertainly about how many more jobs the US economy can create before inflation picks up in...

  21. FT Alphaville

    August 22, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Buiter on helicoptor drops: David clocks a new paper from Citi’s Willem Buiter, on why...

  22. August 21, 2014

    Janet Yellen to see Jackson Hole return to wonky roots

    There will be no Wall Street economists in the audience when Janet Yellen addresses the Kansas City Fed’s annual Jackson...

  23. August 20, 2014

    Bank of England unanimity on rates crumbles

    The Bank of England has moved a step closer to ending the era of ultra-low borrowing costs after two of the nine Monetary...

  24. August 19, 2014

    Keep rates low until the hidden jobless return to work

    This year’s annual conference of central bankers in Jackson Hole is focused on the right question: how to determine the...

  25. August 18, 2014

    Dollar bulls should target yen on Fed hawkishness

    The market faces another week rich with monetary policy resonance. There’s a raft of US housing data, in the middle of which...

  26. FT Alphaville

    August 18, 2014

    A new secular stagnation e-book

    Click the image for a link to the pdf of a new secular stagnation e-book, which features entries from Summers, Krugman,...

  27. August 17, 2014

    Central banks in focus as experts gather at Jackson Hole

    Central banks will be the focus this week with central bankers, policy makers, academics and financiers gathering in Jackson...

  28. August 7, 2014

    Investors flee US junk bonds

    Investors have fled the US junk bond market in the past week, withdrawing a record amount from mutual funds and exchange...

  29. FT Alphaville

    August 5, 2014

    Should central bankers embrace the cult of the offensive?

    A new article by Andrew Haldane, the Bank of England’s chief economist, is a useful reminder that the debate over how (or...

  30. July 31, 2014

    Stocks: the value is out there

    The problem, we are assured, is localised. Yes, reliable measures of valuation for stocks – as a group – are elevated. The...

  31. FT Alphaville

    July 31, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Most Asian markets paused to end July on a quieter note after better-than-expected US economic data raised the...

  32. FT Alphaville

    July 30, 2014

    Fed sees continued "underutilization of labor resources"

    Better employment situation reports. Strong second-quarter growth. Inflation rising steadily. Recent congressional testimony...

  33. July 30, 2014

    Janet Yellen sees first dissent in favour of Fed tightening

    Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve chairwoman, suffered her first dissent in favour of tighter policy as the central bank made a...

  34. July 29, 2014

    Talk is cheap, it’s action from the Fed that counts

    Two weeks ago, Short View was surprised that comments by Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve chair, had succeeded in blowing some...

  35. July 27, 2014

    Federal Reserve set to hold course with $10bn taper

    The Federal Reserve is set to stay its course with another $10bn taper of its quantitative easing programme this week, but...

  36. Andrew Smithers

    July 25, 2014

    The fallacy of the Fed model

    A few weeks ago, I promised to write about claims that the stock market could be valued by comparing earnings yields to bond...

  37. July 24, 2014

    Junk bond returns head for worst month in nearly a year as bull run stalls

    Junk bonds are on track for their worst monthly return in nearly a year, with investors fretting the era of easy US central...

  38. July 21, 2014

    A dose of rate reality to hit markets

    The markets were clearly not spooked by what Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen meant to be a nuanced tone in her...

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