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Mamma Mia!! Yesterday morning (Thursday February 12th 2015) the Swedish central bank (the Riksbank) decided to take a chance on Quantitative Easing (“QE”), cutting the repurchase rate to -0.10% and announcing a bond-buying programme of SEK 10bn (approx. €1bn). The … Continue reading

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Why are Americans so Pessimistic about the U.S. Economy?

This is the first in a three-part series on Innovation Trends Retooling the U.S. Economy. Five years after the Great Financial Crisis (GFC), despite improvements in GDP growth and employment, the U.S. public still seems to be oppressed by a … Continue reading

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OPEC + Central Banks = Volatile Markets

Last Week in the Capital Markets OPEC’s failure to cut production shocked the market: Commodities: On Thursday, OPEC didn’t cut production. WTI crude lost $7 on Friday, ended the week down $10 to $66 (lowest since 2009). Gold fell $21 … Continue reading

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Did Fears of the Fed Spark Bond Market Selloff?

Last week in the capital markets: Bonds sold off globally in the week before the Fed meeting. It was a quiet week for economic news, and the geopolitical front was relatively quiet (less fighting but more sanctions in Europe, moving … Continue reading

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As the Economy Improves, the Fed Recalibrates its Message

As the economy and labor market improve, quantitative easing (QE) is wound down and the first rate hike draws nearer, the language of the Fed evolves accordingly.  Both the minutes of the June FOMC meeting and the remarks of Fed … Continue reading

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