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  1. FT Alphaville

    August 19, 2014

    Reform vs seasonality in Chinese GDP stats

    We had feared that one of most famous of Chinese statistical quirks might have abandoned us forever. The reported combined...

  2. August 13, 2014

    Japan suffers worst economic contraction since tsunami of 2011

    Japan has suffered its worst economic contraction since the earthquake and tsunami more than three years ago, providing...

  1. beyondbrics

    August 12, 2014

    Record remittance inflows boost Bangladesh GDP outlook

    Remittances sent home by Bangladeshi workers overseas rose 19.7 per cent to a record monthly high of $1.4bn in July,...

  2. August 12, 2014

    Q&A: Japan’s GDP and the sales tax shock

    Japan is poised to announce preliminary gross domestic product data for the second quarter on Wednesday. Economists expect...

  3. beyondbrics

    August 12, 2014

    EM export surge reveals split in fortunes

    Emerging market (EM) economies are rebounding from an export malaise that has marred their fortunes since early 2012 and...

  4. FT Alphaville

    August 11, 2014

    Demographics and US GDP growth

    Credit Suisse’s global demographics research team came out with a new note on Friday featuring some enlightening charts...

  5. August 11, 2014

    US Fed’s Fischer warns of poor growth

    The Federal Reserve’s vice-chairman has pointed to weak labour force participation and a soft US housing recovery as two...

  6. 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...

  7. August 7, 2014

    Bad US productivity – is it a trend or a blip?

    The gross domestic product data for the second quarter of 2014 showed that the US economy bounced back strongly, and with...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. July 30, 2014

    US economy roars back with 4% growth in the second quarter

    The US economy roared ahead with annualised growth of 4 per cent in the second quarter, confirming that weakness early this...

  11. July 29, 2014

    US stocks retreat ahead of Fed decision

    US stocks ended lower as some encouraging news on the economy was offset by fresh worries over Russia and an earnings and...

  12. July 28, 2014

    Russia sanctions: Bond film

    Water, water everywhere, and damned if it isn’t a prohibited financial transaction under US and/or EU law to drink it. This...

  13. FT Alphaville

    July 28, 2014

    A small and significant problem

    A small squall or a broad based pall? BCA Research have spotted that small capitalisation stocks have been under pressure...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. July 17, 2014

    Q&A: The latest western sanctions on Russia explained

    The US has imposed its harshest sanctions yet on Russia to protest at its conduct in Ukraine, targeting big companies such...

  18. July 16, 2014

    US recovery could test healthcare gains

    Hopes that the US is finally tackling its most difficult long-term fiscal challenge – the growth in healthcare spending –...

  19. July 16, 2014

    China’s GDP: What the economists think

    China’s economic growth accelerated slightly to 7.5 per cent in the second quarter, ahead of economists’ consensus...

  20. July 16, 2014

    China’s second-quarter GDP rises 7.5%

    China’s economy expanded by 7.5 per cent in the second quarter, accelerating slightly from the first quarter and improving...

  21. July 14, 2014

    Earnings growth urgently needed to extend bull run

    Equity investors challenged over record high equity prices and lofty valuations have a trump card: US companies are highly...

  22. July 10, 2014

    Congress nears deal on road funding

    A deal is taking shape in Congress to renew highway funding for at least a few months, as lawmakers scrambled to resolve a...

  23. Andrew Smithers

    July 8, 2014

    With GDP, facts depend on how you measure them

    US gross domestic product was increased last year by much more than the growth of the economy. This sleight of hand was...

  24. July 4, 2014

    Has GDP outgrown its use?

    What do the price of hair-salon services in Beijing and sexual services in London have in common? The answer is that,...

  25. Gavyn Davies

    June 29, 2014

    Glass half full for the US economy

    The revised data for US real GDP that were published last week would ordinarily have caused a major shock in global markets....

  26. FT Alphaville

    June 27, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Calm ain’t bad, necessarily: David provides a counterpoint to worries about the stuffy...

  27. June 25, 2014

    Reasons to be cheerful, despite shrinkage of the US economy

    The US economy shrank far more in the first quarter than anyone imagined, dropping 2.9 per cent on an annualised basis...

  28. June 25, 2014

    Winter and healthcare hit US growth

    The US economy faces a steeper climb back to positive territory after one of the country’s worst winters on record helped...

  29. beyondbrics

    June 19, 2014

    Colombia's GDP: goal!

    Colombia’s GDP data for the first quarter of 2014 came earlier than expected on Thursday morning, as if to be sure to avoid...

  30. beyondbrics

    June 16, 2014

    Brazil's GDP: onwards and downwards

    Will the consensus on Brazil’s economy never bottom out? For the third week in a row, market economists have cut their...

  31. beyondbrics

    June 9, 2014

    Brazil's economic outlook: another week, another cut

    Another week, another deterioration in Brazil’s economic outlook. The consensus forecast for economic growth this year,...

  32. FT Alphaville

    June 9, 2014

    The recovery of global goods demand

    This nifty chart from a recent Credit Suisse note shows the rejuvenated growth in global goods demand since roughly the...

  33. June 3, 2014

    Change in the weather for Obama legacy

    In America’s coal country – centred in Appalachia and stretches of the Mountain West – Barack Obama has come to represent...

  34. June 2, 2014

    US data mix-up sparks market swings

    US markets suffered a bizarre morning of volatility after the Institute for Supply Management revised its closely watched...

  35. beyondbrics

    June 2, 2014

    Brazil's GDP: outlook slumps again

    Source: central bank (click to enlarge) Market economists have sharply downgraded their outlook for Brazilian growth this...

  36. Gavyn Davies

    June 1, 2014

    How serious is China's property slump?

    Fears of a crash in the Chinese property market are widespread in the financial markets. That is nothing new. The domestic...

  37. June 1, 2014

    ECB rate decision provides focus in busy week for data releases

    The eurozone, the US, the UK and China will all provide interest in what is a busy week for markets. Thursday’s European...

  38. May 29, 2014

    Accounts shake-up promises boost for growth

    Britain’s economy is going to change abruptly and profoundly in four months’ time – at least on paper. For the first time in...

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