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    1. April 16, 2015

      US still too weak for rate rises, says Fed official

      The US economy is still too weak for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, a senior official has warned, as he...

    2. April 15, 2015

      Dollar bulls exude patience and wait for sunny data

      Betting on further strength for the US dollar has become a crowded trade in the parlance of traders and such positioning...

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    1. Gavyn Davies

      April 12, 2015

      Who is right about the equilibrium interest rate?

      The equilibrium real interest rate continues to lie at the heart of discussions about economic policy in the US and...

    2. April 7, 2015

      Wall Street wary of ‘audit the Fed’ campaign

      Wall Street banks are recoiling at a Republican push to subject the Federal Reserve to greater congressional oversight as...

    3. April 3, 2015

      A June rate rise can now surely be ruled out

      US unemployment data are notoriously noisy. They are maddeningly prone to huge revisions, and many in the market complain...

    4. April 3, 2015

      US companies cut back sharply on hiring

      US companies scaled back hiring sharply last month, adding to evidence that the economy has lost momentum since the start of...

    5. Gavyn Davies

      April 2, 2015

      Yellen shoots for 'equilibrium' interest rates

      The financial markets listened to Janet Yellen’s speech on “normalising” monetary policy last Friday, shrugged, and moved on...

    6. FT Alphaville

      March 31, 2015

      The Fed's inflation target doesn't mean what you think it means

      I consider short term as referring to less than, say, a year or two, medium term as ranging from around two to six years,...

    7. March 27, 2015

      Janet Yellen says US interest rates likely to rise gradually

      US interest rate rises are likely to happen only at a gradual pace after an initial increase later this year, as the...

    8. March 27, 2015

      US growth slows despite robust spending

      US growth slowed in the fourth quarter despite robust spending by consumers, official figures confirmed today, amid signs of...

    9. March 25, 2015

      Key trends scrutinised as US braces for lower growth

      The US economy recorded its strongest performance of the post-financial crisis era in 2014. With a 2.4 per cent rise in...

    10. March 23, 2015

      US rate rise hinges more on numbers than words

      Now the currencies market has minded its language, it’s time to get back to basics with a bout of data watching. Janet...

    11. March 22, 2015

      Exchange rates: Transatlantic divergence

      Angry protesters surrounded the European Central Bank’s new headquarters in Frankfurt last week, saying its response to the...

    12. March 20, 2015

      Dollar’s direction falters on Fed worries

      Four words in this week’s US Federal Reserve policy statement triggered a remarkable 24-hour rollercoaster for the dollar....

    13. March 19, 2015

      Fed’s ‘Moonwalk’ sparks bets on low rates

      Bond investors are betting that US rates will remain near historic lows following mixed signals from the Federal Reserve,...

    14. March 19, 2015

      The US Fed shifts from patience to flexibility

      Janet Yellen has given her own version of Deng Xiaoping’s dictum about “crossing the river by feeling the stones”. Rather...

    15. March 19, 2015

      BofA under pressure to defend structure

      Bank of America will have to defend its current structure at its annual meeting in May and Citigroup and JPMorgan may have...

    16. March 19, 2015

      Fed ‘dot plot’ is latest key to rate rise views

      The Federal Reserve junked its low rates guidance on Wednesday, but another signalling device took on greater prominence in...

    17. March 19, 2015

      Yellen battles Draghi in euro-dollar drama

      The dollar’s steep rise against the euro, which overshadowed this week’s US Federal Reserve policy meeting, had been the big...

    18. March 18, 2015

      Softly-softly message from the Fed

      It was one of the most hotly awaited Federal Reserve meetings since Janet Yellen became Fed chairwoman over a year ago. The...

    19. March 18, 2015

      US Fed frees its hand to raise rates

      The US Federal Reserve on Wednesday freed its hand to raise interest rates but signalled that it would not rush to pull the...

    20. March 18, 2015

      US Federal Reserve: what to watch for from Janet Yellen

      The US Federal Reserve serves up three courses for investors on Wednesday. There is the statement from the Federal Open...

    21. March 17, 2015

      The bet on a stronger dollar is all-encompassing

      Patience, wrote Ambrose Bierce in The Devil’s Dictionary, is “a minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue”. On Wednesday,...

    22. March 17, 2015

      Boardroom tokenism skirts the need for female skills

      The most powerful posts in the financial world are held by women. Janet Yellen chairs the US Federal Re­serve, and Christine...

    23. March 15, 2015

      Five questions ahead of US Federal Reserve meeting

      US data The stakes were already high going into this week’s US Federal Reserve policy meeting. But the vertiginous surge in...

    24. March 15, 2015

      Pratchett’s fantasy ‘Glooper’ finds life in US economy

      When Sir Terry Pratchett introduced central banking in a novel just before the financial crisis hit, the author, who died...

    25. March 13, 2015

      Strong dollar pushes euro nearer parity

      Dollar strength helped push the euro further towards parity and drove sterling towards five-year lows ahead of next week’s...

    26. March 9, 2015

      Euro’s decline triggers talk of dollar parity

      Is the euro in a headlong rush towards parity with the dollar? The calendar year began with the euro at $1.21. On Thursday,...

    27. March 5, 2015

      Inflation expectations set to ease Fed fears

      The Federal Reserve’s well-telegraphed intention to raise interest rates this year still appears to be lost in translation...

    28. March 4, 2015

      2009 crisis elicited gallows humour at the Fed

      The transcripts of the Federal Reserve’s policy-setting committee’s meetings in 2009, released on Wednesday, are predictable...

    29. March 4, 2015

      Five takeaways from the Fed meeting transcripts of 2009

      Janet Yellen had no illusion about the gravity of the economic threat to the US in 2009, and she was a vocal exponent of...

    30. FT Alphaville

      March 4, 2015

      Yellen's bleak outlook in March 2009

      At the January 2009 FOMC meeting, Janet Yellen was cautiously hopeful that fiscal stimulus would lead the economy out of...

    31. March 4, 2015

      Fed feared Japan-scale crisis in 2009

      Leading Federal Reserve policy makers feared in 2009 that the US was spiralling into a Japanese-style economic crisis,...

    32. February 27, 2015

      Fed stimulus ‘only now being fully felt’

      The full effect of the Federal Reserve’s extraordinary stimulus programme is only now being felt in the US, a leading...

    33. February 26, 2015

      Fed pulls a Jedi mind trick on the bond market

      Seen from Europe, the Federal Reserve appears to have carried out a Jedi mind trick on the bond market. On Thursday, the US...

    34. February 26, 2015

      Falling oil price drags down US inflation

      Tumbling oil prices have dragged US inflation into negative territory for the first time since 2009 — but excluding the...

    35. February 25, 2015

      Yellen’s ‘patient’ retreat from zero interest rates

      In 2013 Ben Bernanke triggered a “taper tantrum” in financial markets across the world with hints of an earlier than...

    36. February 25, 2015

      Janet Yellen defends US central bank independence

      Janet Yellen was warned by House Republicans that reforms to make the Federal Reserve more transparent were coming, as she...

    37. February 25, 2015

      Dollar bulls take a break

      Has Janet Yellen marked a turn — albeit, perhaps short-term — for the dollar rally? Traders infer from the Federal Reserve...

    38. February 25, 2015

      Free Lunch: Yellen on the Hill

      Guidance about guidance Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, testified to the US Senate yesterday and is returning...

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