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    1. August 28, 2015

      US monetary policy, not the economy, is the source of volatility

      As an uneasy consensus took hold over the past few days that the Federal Reserve will not abandon its almost zero...

    2. August 25, 2015

      Larry Summers and Ray Dalio flag return of quantitative easing

      Investors believe that the recent market ructions have almost killed off the chances of a Federal Reserve interest rate...

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      As China prepares to take over from the US as global top dog the success of its econom...
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    1. June 18, 2015

      A bloated US Federal Reserve prepares to shape up

      Amid another wave of feverish speculation about US interest rates Janet Yellen, chairwoman of the US Federal Reserve,...

    2. May 26, 2015

      Fischer sees emerging markets weathering US rate rise

      The knock-on effects of interest rate increases in the US should be manageable for emerging markets, a leading Federal...

    3. May 15, 2015

      Looking for a Goldilocks taper tantrum

      Investors should steel themselves. The Federal Reserve is going to raise rates, and it won’t be pretty. The latest note...

    4. April 23, 2015

      Federal Reserve prepares toolkit for higher rates

      For the Federal Reserve, deciding the date of its first interest rate rise is only part of the battle. As the US...

    5. April 17, 2015

      Federal Reserve and Treasury market face uncharted territory

      The task of lifting interest rates from near-zero levels — when it finally happens — will be an unprecedented one for...

    6. April 14, 2015

      Fed’s Treasury support call irks traders

      A warning about turbulent trading in US government bonds by a senior Federal Reserve official has highlighted tensions...

    7. April 10, 2015

      QE may not have been worth the costs

      One of the odd things about unconventional monetary policies is the absence of a vigorous debate about the costs of...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. January 19, 2015

      Monetary stimulus and other ways of averting apocalypse

      Afew months ago in New York, a private collector handed over a small fortune to buy a white canvas on which four...

    11. January 4, 2015

      A handy tool — but not the only one in the box

      Richard Koo has a big hammer: it is the idea of the “balance sheet recession” — which happens when the indebted focus...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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 –...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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