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    1. December 3, 2014

      How QE can jam the financial plumbing

      A layman may not differentiate between central bank actions like quantitative easing, as undertaken by the Federal Reserve,...

    2. November 19, 2014

      Federal Reserve minutes show easy decision to end QE

      It was an easy decision for the US Federal Reserve to end quantitative easing as minutes of October’s meeting showed little...

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    1. World Economy

      As China prepares to take over from the US as global top dog the success of its econom...
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    1. November 10, 2014

      October jitters are just a taste of things to come

      In the third quarter, Carlyle, one of the largest alternative investment managers, took advantage of access to cheap credit...

    2. October 31, 2014

      Cast aside the moral judgment and give debt the credit it deserves

      Is the glass half-empty or is it half-full? It is the same thing, of course, but a lot can turn on your choice of words. So...

    3. October 31, 2014

      Farewell to the Fed’s QE3, a monetary job well done

      The Federal Reserve this week quietly ended its third bout of quantitative easing, an experiment that contrived to attract...

    4. October 31, 2014

      Markets wobble as policy crutches removed

      Every big party eventually fizzles and this week the US Federal Reserve took a major step in signalling the good times for...

    5. October 31, 2014

      QE’s break-up with markets: no regrets?

      Dear Quantitative Easing, It’s me, Markets. I know our time with each other is at an end and that you are on your way out,...

    6. October 29, 2014

      Fed’s slow march to first rise continues

      Market surprise at a tougher statement from the US Federal Reserve shows how fears about global growth have run far ahead of...

    7. October 29, 2014

      US banks/QE: out of a comfort zone

      Half a decade is a long time to spend in a comfort zone. Quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve has helped the US...

    8. October 29, 2014

      How the Fed got from eternity to here

      Infinity, it turns out, lasted a little more than two years. In September 2012, the Federal Reserve administered one of the...

    9. October 29, 2014

      Fed leaves emerging markets exposed

      For six years, emerging markets have lived in a world defined by the US Federal Reserve’s policies of easy money. Tides of...

    10. October 29, 2014

      Fed eyes first rate rise after end to QE

      The US Federal Reserve is shifting its focus to its first interest rate rise after ending an era of unprecedented asset...

    11. beyondbrics

      October 29, 2014

      Farewell QE3, but what's next?

      In the years since the financial crisis, emerging markets have been awash with free-flowing global liquidity. Easy money...

    12. October 29, 2014

      Fed’s grand experiment draws to a close

      A grand experiment in US monetary policy is coming to an end. When the Federal Reserve releases the statement from its...

    13. October 27, 2014

      Fears grow over QE’s toxic legacy

      “Bankruptcy? Repossession? Charge-offs? Buy the car YOU deserve,” says the banner at the top of the Washington Auto Credit...

    14. October 26, 2014

      US Federal Reserve set to halt asset purchases

      The end of US Federal Reserve asset purchases this week marks the climax of an unprecedented monetary campaign, but there is...

    15. October 24, 2014

      The risk that QE will generate inequality

      It was inevitable that two of the greatest obsessions of the economics world – inequality and quantitative easing – were...

    16. October 22, 2014

      ‘Draghi put’ doubt places spotlight on Fed

      The veracity of the “Draghi put” moved back into focus this week after a Reuters report that the European Central Bank was...

    17. October 21, 2014

      Debate rages on quantitative easing’s effect on inequality

      Since quantitative easing began in the US, Japan and UK, their central banks have created billions of dollars, yen and...

    18. October 20, 2014

      Stick to tapering and rates pledge, says Boston Fed chief

      The US Federal Reserve should end its asset purchases on schedule at the end of October unless “something dramatic happens”,...

    19. October 17, 2014

      A marriage of convenience comes to an end

      Gone Girl has swept the US box office in the past few weeks, no doubt causing spouses around the country to nervously...

    20. The A-List

      October 17, 2014

      Beware of calls for QE4

      It is so predictable yet also so unfortunate. The financial market volatility of recent days is enticing a growing number of...

    21. October 16, 2014

      St Louis Fed chief calls for taper delay

      The US Federal Reserve should carry on with its asset purchases in October, said James Bullard of the St Louis Fed on...

    22. October 15, 2014

      Bank investors fear new outlook for rates

      US bank stocks suffered their worst one-day fall in almost two years as market turmoil fuelled fears that the industry would...

    23. October 15, 2014

      Rate expectations change faster than the data

      Financial market turmoil led traders to price in later US interest rate rises on Wednesday, despite scant evidence of any...

    24. October 15, 2014

      After QE: Taking off the stabilisers

      In the six years since Lehman Brothers collapsed, global financial markets have held to one certainty: central banks were...

    25. October 15, 2014

      Fear returns to markets with plunge in bond yields

      Treasury bond yields do not tumble 35 basis points in the space of a few minutes every morning. There is no possible...

    26. October 13, 2014

      US quantitative measures worked in defiance of theory

      Ben Bernanke was the US Federal Reserve chairman who used quantitative easing to fight the Great Recession of 2008-9, so it...

    27. October 12, 2014

      Buybacks: Money well spent?

      Bonanza There was no sign of Carl Icahn’s trademark aggression in the letter he sent last week to Tim Cook, Apple’s chief...

    28. October 9, 2014

      Policy makers worry that investors are underpricing risk

      Last year, Ben Bernanke’s first hint that the US Federal Reserve was preparing to scale back its stimulus sent global...

    29. October 8, 2014

      Expect more volatility at end of QE3

      Here are some observations on the market’s latest bout of risk aversion. One reason cited for the wobble is worries about...

    30. October 7, 2014

      US inflation measure proves headache for Fed

      The US inflation market has an unpleasant message for US policy makers – the stimulus of quantitative easing has waned and...

    31. October 5, 2014

      Monetary policy: An unconventional tool

      Since September 2008, the balance sheet of the US Federal Reserve has expanded by $3.5tn to close to 25 per cent of US gross...

    32. October 5, 2014

      Emerging markets adapt to ‘new normal’ as commodities cycle ends

      Emerging market investors are in the grip of their third taper tantrum in 18 months. This time, however, “tantrum” –...

    33. October 2, 2014

      Dwindling US inflation casts shadow

      Market expectations of US inflation have slid to levels rarely seen over the past decade, overshadowing the outlook for...

    34. September 26, 2014

      US markets face volatile fourth quarter

      An autumnal chill awaits US financial markets in the coming weeks, judging by recent turbulence across equities and...

    35. FT Data

      September 25, 2014

      Interactive: US market benchmarks

      As the Fed aims to end QE in October and the normalised interest rate policy during 2015 looms, a matter for debate among...

    36. September 23, 2014

      Treasury market cuts US inflation outlook

      The US bond market has slashed expectations of future inflation to their lowest level in nearly three years, highlighting...

    37. beyondbrics

      September 23, 2014

      Keeping track of the EM sell-off

      As beyondbrics noted early this month, the recent “dollar surge” and rising US interest rates are already having an impact...

    38. September 18, 2014

      Yellen charts a smooth course to normality

      In addition to setting optimal interest rates, a central bank governor must avoid sowing confusion. On both counts Janet...

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