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Author Archives: Sam Wardwell
Last week the Labor Department released another very strong jobs report. That was good news for the economy, but bad news for investors. Payroll employment rose 295k, with revisions of -18k and the trailing 6-month average of 293k is at a … Continue reading
What did Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen say about raising rates at last week’s Humphrey-Hawkins testimony? She promised a wording change (“patient”) before rates were increased, but disavowed any implied promise that rates wouldn’t rise until the second meeting after the … Continue reading
The FOMC’s January meeting didn’t break new ground; I’m waiting for the March press conference for any significant action to be discussed. As we know, patience continued to be the theme, as the Fed signaled a rate hike before June … Continue reading
According to the “establishment” survey, payroll employment rose 257k in January; November and December were revised higher by +147k (257k+147k=406k). The normal annual review resulted in 2014 being revised higher by 245k. (Note: the 147k Nov-Dec revision is part of the … Continue reading
The Swiss were first, followed by the Indians, Canadians, Danes (3 times!), Japanese, and Russians (again last week) – central banks are changing policies without telegraphing their intentions in advance. In a period of rising central bank activism and high … Continue reading