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5 Things to Watch on the Economic Calendar

The most important event of the week for U.S. economy-watchers: Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s semiannual testimony to Congress. On the numbers side, readings on retail and housing activity and inflation take center stage.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/07/10/5-things-to-watch-on-the-economic-calendar-76/?mod=WSJBlog

Fed’s Evans Favors Mid-2016 for Interest-Rate Increase

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans said the U.S. central bank should hold off on an interest-rate increase until mid-2016 as concerns remain over low inflation, risks abroad and the strength of the economy at home.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/07/09/feds-evans-favors-mid-2016-for-interest-rate-increase/?mod=WSJBlog

Fed’s Kocherlakota: Fed Mission Could Be Made Easier With More Government Debt

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota said in a largely academic speech Thursday that more government debt borrowing could assist the Federal Reserve to achieve its inflation and job goals.
Mr. Kocherlakota, who made his comments in the text of a speech to be delivered before a conference at the Bundesbank in Frankfurt, didn’t comment on the U.S. economic or monetary policy outlook. He isn’t currently a voting member of the monetary policy setting Federal Open Market Committee.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/07/09/feds-kocherlakota-fed-mission-could-be-made-easier-with-more-government-debt/?mod=WSJBlog

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
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