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Economists React to the FOMC Statement: ‘Mixed Messages’

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it would scale back its monthly bond purchases to $25 billion and offered a modestly more upbeat assessment of the inflation, jobs and the economy. Economists largely said the announcement came in as expected, but that subtle changes indicate Fed officials see general improvement in the U.S. economy.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/07/30/economists-react-to-the-fomc-statement-mixed-messages/?mod=WSJBlog

Parsing the Fed: How the Statement Changed

The Federal Reserve releases a statement at the conclusion of each of its policy-setting meetings, outlining the central bank’s economic outlook and the actions it plans to take. Much of the statement remains the same from meeting to meeting. Fed watchers closely parse changes between statements to see how the Fed’s views are evolving. The following tool compares the latest statement with its immediate predecessor and highlights where policy makers have updated their language. This is the July statement compared with June.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/07/30/parsing-the-fed-how-the-statement-changed-40/?mod=WSJBlog

BOJ Beat: Exports Likely a Hot Topic at Coming Policy Meeting

Bank of Japan officials are becoming less confident in their outlook on exports after having erred on the side of optimism for more than a year, setting the stage for fresh debate at their policy meeting next week.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/07/28/boj-beat-exports-likely-a-hot-topic-at-coming-policy-meeting/?mod=marketbeat

Fed Forward Guidance Works, Sometimes Better Than Others: IMF

The Federal Reserve’s various efforts at honing its low-rates message have been successful at keeping borrowing costs down by giving investors greater clarity about the likely path of policy, according to the International Monetary Fund.
However, the policy’s effectiveness has varied depending on the type of guidance used, the IMF study on the U.S. economy said, published this week as part of its global economic forecasts.
The Fed’s guidance has shifted quite a few times in recent years.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/07/25/fed-forward-guidance-works-sometimes-better-than-others-imf/?mod=WSJBlog

Which Wage Measure Best Captures Inflation Pressures?

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen has made clear that her perceptions of a healthy labor market hinge on more than just the unemployment rate or the strength of recent job gains. Also high up on her labor-market dashboard is wage growth. As labor markets tighten, workers should be able to bargain for bigger raises.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/07/24/which-wage-measure-best-captures-inflation-pressures/?mod=WSJBlog

Explainer: India’s Battle With the WTO

A wholesale market in Hyderabad.
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India is on the verge of

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/07/23/explainer-indias-battle-with-the-wto/?mod=WSJBlog
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