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Two Fed Officials: Why Very Weak Inflation Unlikely to Deter Rate Hikes

How can the Federal Reserve even think about raising rates when price pressures are falling so short of the central bank’s official 2% target?
That’s been a question on the minds of many central bank watchers, some Fed officials and financial market participants for some time.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/01/30/two-fed-officials-why-very-weak-inflation-unlikely-to-deter-rate-hikes/?mod=marketbeat

Fed-Watchers Look to Janet Yellen’s February Testimony Before Congress

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen testifies in July before the House Financial Services Committee on monetary policy and the state of the economy.
Agence France-Presse

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/01/30/fed-watchers-look-to-janet-yellens-february-testimony/?mod=marketbeat

Fed’s Bullard Says Zero Rates No Longer Appropriate for U.S.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said on Friday that the U.S. economy remains on a solid path that argues for raising interest rates relatively soon.
Keeping interest rates near zero “is not the right interest rate for this economy. We are much closer to our goals than we have been in a long time. Inflation is a little bit low, but it is not low enough to rationalize the zero interest rate policy,” Mr. Bullard told Bloomberg TV.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/01/30/feds-bulllard-says-zero-rates-no-longer-appropriate-for-u-s/?mod=marketbeat

Some Economists See Spell of Deflation Ahead for Japan

People cross a street in Tokyo on Friday.
Associated Press

Some economists are betting Japan will slip back into deflation, at least for a time, in comi

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/01/30/some-economists-see-spell-of-deflation-ahead-for-japan/?mod=marketbeat

Eurozone Consumers Expect Prices to Fall

The European Central Bank‘s battle to persuade households and consumers that inflation will pick up over coming months and years just got a little tougher.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/01/29/eurozone-consumers-expect-prices-to-fall/?mod=marketbeat

Waiting for Wage Growth? Everyone Is Watching the Employment Cost Index

By many measures, U.S. wages have been stagnant since the recession ended. It’s a sign the economy isn’t yet at full strength and another reason for the Federal Reserve to move cautiously in raising interest rates.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/01/29/waiting-for-wage-growth-everyone-is-watching-the-employment-cost-index/?mod=WSJBlog

ECB’s Praet Sees Encouraging Signs on Money and Credit

Peter Praet, the ECB’s chief economist, said he sees things improving for the eurozone economy.
Associated Press


Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/01/29/ecbs-praet-sees-encouraging-signs-on-money-and-credit/?mod=marketbeat

Australia’s Central Bank on Track for Rate Cut

Pedestrians walk past the Reserve Bank of Australia in Sydney, Australia.
Bloomberg News

Despite an uptick in inflation for the last quarter of 2014, Au

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/01/28/australias-central-bank-on-track-for-rate-cut/?mod=WSJBlog
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