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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 14, 2014

    Gas price fall takes edge off consumer gloom

    The news of soft US retail sales in July did not surprise many investors. Before the data were released on Wednesday, the...

  1. 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...

  2. The A-List

    August 6, 2014

    The ECB must move to counteract market turbulence

    As the Federal Reserve starts tightening US monetary conditions, a key issue is how capital markets will respond overseas,...

  3. July 31, 2014

    Europe’s haven eyes stormy high-yield

    With growing concerns that high-yield corporate bonds are overvalued, could Europe offer nervous investors some shelter from...

  4. FT Alphaville

    July 30, 2014

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING - America’s inverted tax logic. - How are protected weekends working out for young bankers? - Income...

  5. July 30, 2014

    US banks braced for large deposit outflows

    US banks are steeling themselves for the possibility of losing as much as $1tn in deposits as the Federal Reserve reverses...

  6. 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...

  7. July 22, 2014

    Crunch time for Treasuries as end of QE looms

    Official institutions with deep, almost limitless, pockets are the largest holders of US government bonds. And, with one of...

  8. July 21, 2014

    Markets and the Fed have to practise a new dance

    The overwhelming focus of market attention on monetary developments is unprecedented. Every report, speech or commentary...

  9. July 16, 2014

    Fed should speed up end of crisis-era policy, says Fink

    Larry Fink has urged the Federal Reserve to bring a quicker end to its crisis-era monetary policies a day after Janet Yellen...

  10. Andrew Smithers

    July 16, 2014

    QE and the economic risks of underfunding

    In the past governments have funded their deficits – for example, they have borrowed in the bond market rather than through...

  11. July 10, 2014

    Fed explores overhaul of key rate

    The US Federal Reserve is exploring an overhaul of the Federal funds rate – a benchmark that underlies almost every...

  12. FT Alphaville

    July 10, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: The influential head of the US House Financial Services Committee has called on US Treasury secretary Jack Lew to...

  13. July 9, 2014

    Fed bond buying set to end in October

    The US Federal Reserve will end its huge, QE3 programme of asset purchases in October if the economy stays on track,...

  14. July 4, 2014

    Fed must not linger too long on QE exit

    It has been a good six months for borrowers in the high yield market who raised a record $180bn in the period. Two-thirds of...

  15. July 3, 2014

    Odds are improving for bets on the dollar

    Betting on the dollar has been a mug’s game for years. Against its trading partners the greenback stands almost exactly...

  16. June 30, 2014

    Fed has grown complacent on credit market risk

    “High-yield bonds have certainly caught our attention,” Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve’s chairwoman, remarked after the US...

  17. June 23, 2014

    Central banks set to cut debt holdings

    Central banks are planning to cut their exposure to longer-term debt to protect themselves from losses when the Federal...

  18. June 19, 2014

    New York Federal Reserve takes on key role in repo market

    The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has emerged as the single largest player in an important segment of the short-term...

  19. June 19, 2014

    The perils of returning a central bank balance sheet to ‘normal’

    With the US Federal Reserve on its way to bringing its bond-buying programme to an end, many are asking how to return the...

  20. FT Alphaville

    June 18, 2014

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING - A new book on robots and the economy featuring our very own Izzy Kaminska! - 21 charts of how the...

  21. June 18, 2014

    Economic activity has rebounded, says Federal Reserve

    The US Federal Reserve played down the risk of higher inflation on Wednesday as it cut the monthly pace of its bond buying...

  22. June 17, 2014

    Federal Reserve’s complex relationship with inflation

    Central banks have a complex relationship with inflation. The Bank of England maintained the easiest monetary policy in its...

  23. FT Alphaville

    June 17, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Tokyo shares bounced after Japan’s prime minister released a preliminary blueprint for his “third arrow” of...

  24. June 16, 2014

    ‘Yellen Index’ flashes imminent Fed tightening

    Investors are not betting Janet Yellen will follow a fellow central banker’s lead and declare interest rate rises “could...

  25. May 30, 2014

    Supply and demand drive down US bond yields

    Supply and demand is a guiding principle of setting market prices. That dynamic may help explain why we have seen such a...

  26. Gavyn Davies

    May 25, 2014

    Global monetary conditions are easier than ever

    There is much talk about how and when the central banks will exit from unconventional monetary accommodation, at least in...

  27. May 21, 2014

    US Fed debates plans to exit easy monetary policy

    The US Federal Reserve is debating yet another addition to its forward guidance as the central bank starts to plan an exit...

  28. May 20, 2014

    NY Fed president floats change to exit strategy

    One of the US Federal Reserve’s most influential officials has called for a change to its exit strategy from easy monetary...

  29. May 15, 2014

    Bond market investors hurt by pain trade

    It was not supposed to be like this. Bond investors sailed into 2014 confident a global bond market sell-off would pick up...

  30. Money Supply

    May 7, 2014

    Jeremy Stein: The Fed versus the Markets

    The Fed is locked into bad equilibrium where it is forced to change policy gradually, because that is what markets expect,...

  31. May 2, 2014

    Slow pace of recovery in US jobs leaves little joy

    For the US, it is hard to call this a jobless recovery. Jobs have recovered. Since the trough of the Great Recession,...

  32. May 2, 2014

    US jobs report beats expectations

    US employers hired staff at the fastest pace in two years in April, offering fresh signs of gathering momentum in the...

  33. May 1, 2014

    Fed is stuck on a tapering track

    US growth in the first quarter may have been the worst in three years, but economists are far from dismayed. Forecasts for...

  34. May 1, 2014

    Gold falls on Fed confidence in recovery

    Gold fell more than 1 per cent on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve reaffirmed its confidence in the domestic economic...

  35. April 30, 2014

    Fed sees spring rebound and tapers again

    The US Federal Reserve said growth has accelerated in the world’s largest economy as it slowed asset purchases by another...

  36. April 28, 2014

    US rate rise to come later rather than sooner

    With the US Federal Reserve set to end its quantitative easing programme of large asset purchases some time in late 2014,...

  37. April 23, 2014

    Federal Reserve on course for further $10bn taper

    The US Federal Reserve is highly likely to slow its asset purchases by another $10bn next week as the economy shakes off its...

  38. April 16, 2014

    Yellen warns inflation may lag recovery

    Even a recovering US economy may not pull inflation back up towards the Federal Reserve’s 2 per cent target, Janet Yellen...

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