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Fed Kicking Off Twice-a-Decade Census of Financial Companies

The Federal Reserve is taking stock of the nation’s financial sector.
The U.S. central bank on Monday announced the 2015 Census of Finance Companies, which will collect information on financing offered by nonbank financial institutions. The census last was conducted in 2010 and has been taken roughly every five years since 1955, the Fed said in a news release.


Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/06/22/fed-kicking-off-twice-a-decade-census-of-financial-companies/?mod=marketbeat

How Productivity Growth Could Change the Fed’s Rate Path

The U.S. could be in for a stretch of low productivity growth, which would have the counterintuitive effect of tightening the labor market, raising wages and forcing Federal Reserve officials to raise rates more rapidly than they otherwise would, says a new analysis from a trio of Deutsche Bank economists.


Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/06/17/deutsche-bank-sees-slow-productivity-growth-ahead/?mod=WSJBlog

Greg Ip: Three Economic Puzzles Are Now Less Puzzling

It appears consumers, with a lag, have responded to the plunge in gasoline prices: May retail sales were up a robust 1.2% from April.
Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/06/12/greg-ip-three-economic-puzzles-are-now-less-puzzling/?mod=WSJ_EC_RT_Blog
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