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    Yellen highlights labour market dilemma

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  2. August 19, 2014

    Home Depot: head of household

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  1. August 18, 2014

    Don’t fight the US Treasury bond rally

    The consensus among market watchers last September was that, with US interest rates so low and the US Federal Reserve about...

  2. August 17, 2014

    Europe pessimistic on income equality as Americans cling to dream

    Most Europeans think their societies are far less equal than they are, while Americans are unusual in believing that their...

  3. August 15, 2014

    US Treasury bears face irresistible force

    Persistently low yielding US government bonds show little sign of reversing course. This is much to the chagrin of many...

  4. August 13, 2014

    Markets push rate rise bets back after BoE report

    The Bank of England has halved its wage growth forecast for this year, leaving financial markets betting that UK interest...

  5. August 12, 2014

    Record income gap fuels US housing weakness

    The income gap between America’s richest and poorest metropolitan regions has reached its widest on record, shaping an...

  6. August 12, 2014

    US housing: Battle scars

    The first thing that strikes you in the low-income suburbs of south Sacramento is the number of overgrown front lawns. Then...

  7. August 12, 2014

    A second home is my first choice of reward

    When entrepreneurs sell their companies, the first big purchase they make is usually a second home. And now is the time of...

  8. August 12, 2014

    Watch for risks from indebted corporate Asia

    August can be a perilous month for investors. It is a month when there is little volume or liquidity in financial markets...

  9. August 11, 2014

    Investors need a BuzzFeed listicle of reasons to be careful

    For pictures of cats which look like central bankers, you’ll have to go elsewhere (for now). But in deference to the $850m...

  10. August 11, 2014

    Unwary yield hunters risk liquidity trap

    High-yield bonds have had a record run. With a cumulative return of more than 150 per cent since 2009, they have beaten...

  11. August 8, 2014

    Bull run shows signs of exhaustion

    Global investors’ long-running love affair with risk assets, such as equities and junk bonds, may be turning into a nasty...

  12. August 7, 2014

    US banks told to steer billions to hard-hit areas

    Big US banks will have to offer billions of dollars more in relief to the communities hardest hit by the financial crisis,...

  13. August 7, 2014

    Africa shows potential to drive global growth

    American perceptions of Africa have long been swayed by the noisiest US constituencies with a vested interest in the...

  14. August 7, 2014

    Bank of America: new beginnings

    Buyer’s remorse. That is what Bank of America must have as it prepares to pay about $16bn to end a probe into the sale of...

  15. August 7, 2014

    Spiky trading upsets US share listing plans

    A spike in volatility in global equity and bond trading in July weighed on the market for initial public offerings in the US...

  16. August 7, 2014

    Risk culture must change to protect financial system

    Financial firms are dialling up risk in their search for yield due to the extraordinary amounts of liquidity created by...

  17. August 6, 2014

    US banks warn on ‘excessive’ risk-taking

    An influential group of Wall Street banks has warned the US Treasury that low volatility in many markets is creating a...

  18. August 6, 2014

    Asset sell-off reminder of financial stability threats

    Last week’s global sell-off, the worst since January, had all the features that make such market events both frightening and...

  19. August 5, 2014

    Services boost eurozone economy

    The eurozone’s recovery gathered pace in July, easing concerns that the region’s return to economic health had ground to a...

  20. August 1, 2014

    Busiest week for US IPOs since November 2007

    Companies rushed to list shares in the US ahead of the summer slowdown, in the busiest week for seven years, receiving a...

  21. August 1, 2014

    Investors’ junk bond exodus gathers pace

    Investors fled US junk bonds in July, resulting in the worst monthly performance in more than a year as the looming end of...

  22. August 1, 2014

    US adds 209,000 jobs as hiring slows

    US employment showed solid growth in July, but did not reflect the rapid improvement that could have put pressure on the...

  23. August 1, 2014

    US recovery rouses inflation concerns

    It cannot be a good idea to begin a column by parsing the utterances of the Federal Reserve’s open market committee on the...

  24. July 30, 2014

    Treasury yields: the only way is up

    Have we seen the low point for US 10-year yields in this cycle? At the start of this year, the reply to this question would...

  25. July 29, 2014

    Flattening curve may be investor message

    The US Federal Reserve is expected on Wednesday to announce the tapering of its bond-buying programme by another $10bn, to...

  26. 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...

  27. July 25, 2014

    Bubbles are forming in the credit market

    Where is the next bubble going to form? And will it hurt when it bursts? After all the bubbles of the past two decades, it...

  28. 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...

  29. July 24, 2014

    Walmart: way to grow

    Walmart did not say why Bill Simon, its US head, is leaving. It did not have to. The company is hardly growing in the US,...

  30. July 24, 2014

    UBS issues market squall warning

    Prepare for a storm when insurance is cheap, says UBS. The Swiss bank’s equity derivative strategy team notes that since...

  31. July 24, 2014

    Wall Street trades home mortgages for corporate credit

    Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, knows a broken business when he sees one. On a conference call with...

  32. July 23, 2014

    US should learn from Germany on jobs

    Five years after the financial crisis ended, the US and eurozone are still dealing with high unemployment and slow economic...

  33. July 22, 2014

    Dollar back in step with equities

    Risk on, risk off . . . risk over? From the collapse of Lehman Brothers until late last year, knowing what the dollar was...

  34. July 22, 2014

    The errors of conservatives obscure the case for trade

    Twenty years after Bill Clinton, former US president, signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, its very name chills...

  35. July 22, 2014

    Dodd-Frank has made banks safer but slowed economy, data show

    Four years after the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill was signed, US banks are more stable and better capitalised. But this...

  36. July 22, 2014

    Chinese moves trump Fed’s effect on US bonds

    All eyes are on the future path of US Federal Reserve policy and what it means for the economy and asset prices. But growth...

  37. 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...

  38. July 17, 2014

    For-profit schools: first, Corinthians

    Learning is big business in the US. Half a trillion dollars is spent each year on post-secondary education. But the business...

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