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Is patience a virtue? – FT

The Federal Reserve’s latest statement on monetary policy left the central banks options open on an interest rate rise later this year. The FT’s John Authers suggests that international developments may force the Fed to be more patient. Click here … Continue reading

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The week explained – Economist

Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Janet Yellen’s first message from the Fed and George Osborne’s new budget for Britain are three important stories that made the news this week. Our correspondents explain – Economist (click here if video is not observable)

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Stanley Fischer To Become Vice Chairman of the Fed

This is the best news we’ve heard in a long time. Bloomberg reports, Former Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer is President Barack Obama’s leading candidate to become vice chairman of the Federal Reserve, people familiar with the selection process … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Money for Nothing

Here’s one we’re putting on our must see list.   Reuters MacroScope blog writes, “Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve” is a slick, thoughtful and alternately infuriating-and-funny documentary that premiered in New York’s Florence Gould Hall last night. It gives … Continue reading

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No Joy In Shortsville As Noise Traders Find No Sellers

In 1990 Brad De Long, Andrei Scheifer, Larry Summers, and Robert Waldmann published, Noise Trader Risk in Financial Markets, in the Journal of Political Economy.   The piece made the distinction between short-term traders with long-term investors and concluded that their … Continue reading

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The Fed on Food Stamps

Wow!   The food stamp program is now equivalent to 14 percent of all U.S. grocery store sales. Though the Fed indirectly finances the food stamp program with its purchase of treasury securities — $45 billion per month starting in January … Continue reading

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Chart of the Day: Operation Twisted Yield Curve

Interesting chart from Bloomberg on how the Fed’s treasury holdings have changed under operation twist, or more formally, the Maturity Extension Program and Reinvestment Policy. After the end of the month no more selling of the short end to buy … Continue reading

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Here’s some interesting data the Fed is surely looking at. The monetary base has been flat lining since the end of QE2 —  i.e., the balance sheet growth of the Federal Reserve has not been above long-term growth.  May explain … Continue reading

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Hugh Hendry and David Einhorn at the Buttonwood Gathering

Spend some time over the weekend listening to Hugh Hendry and David Einhorn, who were participating in the Economist’s Buttonwood Gathering this week. Nice to hear from some non-cheerleaders.   Smart and provocative. Hendry is very bearish on the creditor nations … Continue reading

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