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      US economy contracts in first quarter

      In an echo of 2014, the US economy contracted in the first three months of this year, according to a second official...

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      Commodity currencies hit as dollar rally gathers pace

      Weaker prices for raw materials are weighing on several so-called commodity currencies, against the backdrop of a...

    1. May 28, 2015

      China stock slide unsettles US and Europe

      Thursday 21:00 GMT. A steep drop for Chinese stocks provided a negative backdrop for European and US equity markets, with...

    2. Gavyn Davies

      May 25, 2015

      Technology, inflation and the Federal Reserve

      Ever since the crash in 2008, the central banks in the advanced economies have had but one obsession — how to set monetary...

    3. May 25, 2015

      Investors expect trimming of US growth data

      Even as Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen said she expected the US economy to strengthen, investors expect...

    4. May 19, 2015

      US homebuilding at seven-year high

      The volume of US homebuilding jumped 20.2 per cent in April compared with March, the US Census Bureau said, the highest...

    5. The Exchange

      May 18, 2015

      Policy makers lack the firepower to fight another US recession

      Are we closer to the next recession than to the last one? In the US, recessions tend to come along every eight or nine...

    6. May 13, 2015

      Seasons cloud the outlook for US growth

      How much weight should the Federal Reserve put on the economy’s first quarter swoon? The conundrum has deepened after an...

    7. May 6, 2015

      Low productivity alarms US policy makers

      US innovators claim they have never been busier, but their ideas are persistently failing to transform the country’s...

    8. FT Data

      May 6, 2015

      The US economy's demographic dividend is fast turning into a deficit

      Guest post by Paul Hodges Demographic change is creating major headwinds for the US economy, as confirmed by its...

    9. Gavyn Davies

      May 3, 2015

      Global growth report card - is the world slowdown temporary?

      The latest activity “nowcasts” shown in detail below indicate that the global economy has continued to slow down more than...

    10. April 30, 2015

      Fed grapples with seasonal blues

      The Federal Reserve found itself in disconcertingly familiar territory on Wednesday morning. Just as in 2014, the US central...

    11. April 29, 2015

      Fed damps rate expectations as economy loses momentum

      The US recovery has lost momentum and the pace of hiring has moderated, the Federal Reserve said, fuelling market...

    12. April 29, 2015

      Slower US economy sets the stage for Fed

      The US’s economic expansion faltered badly in the first quarter with gross domestic product rising by a sluggish 0.2 per...

    13. FT Alphaville

      April 21, 2015

      China's stalled catchup?

      Some more sentences about China, this time from BNP Paribas’ Richard Iley: It has been a near unshakeable axiom that China’s...

    14. FT Alphaville

      April 10, 2015

      Guess the chart, pick your rally carefully edition

      Answer below the break, courtesy of BofAML’s Michael Hartnett: In 67 trading days this year we have seen 26 rate cuts, the...

    15. April 6, 2015

      Bill Dudley says US economy hit by ‘temporary factors’

      The US economy probably grew by a weaker than expected 1 per cent in the first quarter of this year but growth should...

    16. Gavyn Davies

      April 5, 2015

      Global growth report card: world slowdown causes concern

      Last month, the global report card concluded that world economic activity was expanding at a roughly constant growth rate,...

    17. Andrew Smithers

      April 1, 2015

      Has labour lost out to capital?

      There is a widespread belief that “labour is steadily losing out to capital”. This was, for example, the title of an article...

    18. Gavyn Davies

      March 29, 2015

      How serious is the US slowdown?

      Now that the Federal Reserve has announced that its policy stance after June will be entirely “data determined”, the markets...

    19. 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...

    20. Andrew Smithers

      March 25, 2015

      Pity the Poor Fed

      Usually the Fed waits too long before raising interest rates. The pressure to delay is particularly strong today. One reason...

    21. FT Alphaville

      March 16, 2015

      Explaining the pain in Spain

      The number of Spaniards with a job fell by more than 18 per cent between mid-2007 and the beginning of 2014. That is a...

    22. March 10, 2015

      Free Lunch: Is the eurozone overtaking the US?

      Forecasting a surprising present One of the more exciting features of economic research in the past decade is the...

    23. Gavyn Davies

      March 9, 2015

      Global growth report card: world activity steady as US slows

      In last month’s global growth report card, this blog reported that the growth in economic activity in the major economies...

    24. 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...

    25. Gavyn Davies

      February 22, 2015

      The Fed's global responsibilities

      When the Federal Reserve starts to raise US interest rates later this year, there will be a major shift in the global...

    26. February 19, 2015

      Hapag-Lloyd sailings cancelled into May as slowdown drags on

      One of the world’s largest shipping lines has cancelled most sailings from Asia to the US west coast for the next three...

    27. February 6, 2015

      Five takeaways from US jobs report

      The US economy added 257,000 jobs in January in another sign of the strength of the nation’s recovery. The news caused an...

    28. FT Alphaville

      February 5, 2015

      About that $9 trillion global non-bank credit exposure...

      In one of our previous post about petrodollars, we cited BoAML on how nobody really knows how the petrodollar shadow...

    29. February 5, 2015

      Costly lockout looms on US ports

      The US economy could lose $2bn a day in economic activity during a work stoppage at west coast ports, retailers have warned...

    30. FT Alphaville

      February 2, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am Cut)

      You can sign up to receive the email here. Stocks in Shanghai and Hong Kong fell on growth concerns after weekend data...

    31. February 1, 2015

      Weak global economy worries US officials

      For decades, Texas-based Air Tractor has built agricultural planes to battle forest fires and spray crops, selling many of...

    32. January 30, 2015

      Five takeaways from slower US growth

      After a powerful growth spurt over the summer, the US economy slowed markedly in the final three months of the year. While...

    33. January 30, 2015

      US growth slows to 2.6% in fourth quarter

      America’s growth lost momentum at the end of 2014 as weak exports highlighted the risks the US recovery faces from sagging...

    34. January 27, 2015

      Britain still one of fastest growing economies

      Despite yesterday’s weaker than expected data, Britain is still likely to be one of the fastest growing industrialised...

    35. FT Alphaville

      January 22, 2015

      The dollar is still our currency and still your problem

      For some reason, a lot of people outside the US like to borrow from and lend to each other in dollars. A new paper from the...

    36. Andrew Smithers

      January 14, 2015

      The myth of the balance sheet recession

      Financial crises commonly arise when there is too much debt and asset prices fall from excessive levels. Examples are to be...

    37. beyondbrics

      December 30, 2014

      Hello 2015: EM corporate bonds to sail through market squalls

      By Siddharth Dahiya, Aberdeen Asset Management It is fair to say that 2014 has been a turbulent year for markets. It has...

    38. December 23, 2014

      US notches up fastest growth in decade

      The US economy reaffirmed its traditional role as the engine of global growth after notching up its fastest expansion in...

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