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Fed Should Keep Rates at Zero Until Mid-2016 to Avoid ‘Dark Corners,’ IMF Paper Says

The Federal Reserve should wait until the middle of 2016 to start raising short-term interest rates from near zero to ensure the economy is on a firmer footing and inflation is returning to the central bank’s 2% target after undershooting it for more than three years.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/06/29/fed-should-keep-rates-at-zero-until-mid-2016-to-avoid-dark-corners-imf-paper-says/?mod=WSJBlog

Fed at a Crossroads: A Conversation with Fed Governor Jerome Powell and WSJ’s Jon Hilsenrath

Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell speaks with Wall Street Journal Chief Economics Correspondent Jon Hilsenrath about the different factors the Fed is weighing in deciding when to raise short-term interest rates. Mr.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/06/23/fed-at-a-crossroads-a-conversation-with-fed-governor-jerome-powell-and-wsjs-jon-hilsenrath/?mod=WSJBlog

5 Things to Watch on the Economic Calendar

The week’s calendar includes reports on a wide array of sectors. Of keen interest, however, will be the data covering demand for housing and for capital goods.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/06/19/5-things-to-watch-on-the-economic-calendar-73/?mod=marketbeat

Inflation Ate the Average Worker’s Raise in May

The average U.S. worker got a raise in May. And inflation gobbled it up.
Inflation-adjusted average hourly earnings fell 0.1% from April, the Labor Department said on Thursday, the latest reminder of paltry wage gains for many Americans.
The dip followed a 0.3% bump in pay that was offset by a 0.4% rise in the consumer-price index.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/06/18/inflation-ate-the-average-workers-raise-in-may/?mod=WSJBlog

Swiss Central Bank Leaves Key Rates Unchanged


ZURICH—Switzerland’s central bank maintained a key deposit rate at -0.75% and reiterated it was prepared to take further measures to blunt the strength of the Swiss franc, which it said remains “signif

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/06/18/swiss-central-bank-leaves-key-rates-unchanged/?mod=WSJBlog
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