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Euro Strength May Be Overblown

Just how worried should the European Central Bank be about the strong euro? Some economists say, not at all.
A strong currency can make an economy’s goods and services more expensive in global markets, damping exports. It could also weaken already low inflation in the euro zone by reducing the cost of imported goods.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/17/euro-strength-may-be-overblown/?mod=WSJ_EC_RT_Blog

Yellen’s Not on Team Krueger When it Comes to Inflation and the Unemployed

Janet Yellen, chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, speaks at the Economic Club of New York on Wednesday.
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Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/16/yellens-not-on-team-krueger-when-it-comes-to-inflation-and-the-unemployed-2/?mod=WSJBlog

More Rounds of BOJ Easing May Be Needed

Nobuyuki Nakahara, a former Bank of Japan policy board member who is an adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, says the bank may need to consider successive rounds of quantitative easing.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/16/more-rounds-of-boj-easing-may-be-needed/?mod=blogmod

Rosengren: Fed’s Forward Guidance Should Be Linked to Employment, Inflation Data

The Federal Reserve should pledge to keep short-term interest rates near zero until the U.S. economy is within a year of achieving both full employment and 2% inflation, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren said Tuesday.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/15/rosengren-feds-forward-guidance-should-be-linked-to-employment-inflation-data/?mod=WSJBlog

Vital Signs: Higher Taxes and Higher Tax-Prep Fees

Today, April 15, is Tax Day in the U.S. when Americans fork over money to Uncle Sam — and to their tax preparer.
According to the Internal Revenue Service, more than half of taxpayers hire someone to prepare their taxes. The cost of that service is rising at a far faster pace than the costs of all goods and services. According to the consumer price index data released Tuesday, the price of tax preparation and other accounting fees increased 5.1% in the year ended in March compared to the 1.5% gain for the top-line CPI.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/15/vital-signs-higher-taxes-and-higher-tax-prep-fees/?mod=WSJBlog

Grand Central: Central Bankers To World: Take Our Currencies, Please

The Wall Street Journal’s Daily Report on Global Central Banks for Monday, April 14
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“Both history and theory have the same lesson: It is possible to undo what might now appear to be permanent changes.” – Minneapolis Fed President Narayana Kocherlakota.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/14/grand-central-central-bankers-to-world-take-our-currencies-please/?mod=WSJBlog

ECB Officials Keep Focus on New Measures To Support Euro Zone

The euro crisis has receded, but European Central Bank officials were still out in force during meetings of the International Monetary Fund in Washington. The eyes of financial markets remain firmly fixed on the ECB because at a time when other central banks are weighing exit strategies, the ECB has talked openly about unveiling more stimulus.
Here are some highlights from the IMF meetings:

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/04/14/ecb-officials-keep-focus-on-new-measures-to-support-euro-zone/?mod=blogmod
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