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Fed’s Beige Book: “Economic activity expanded moderately”, “concern about trade policy”

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Fed’s Beige Book: “Economic activity expanded moderately”, “concern about trade policy”

Fed’s Beige Book “This report was prepared at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland based on information collected on or before May 21, 2018.” Economic activity expanded moderately in late April and early May with few shifts in the pattern of growth. The Dallas District was an exception, where overall economic activity sped up...
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Update: Ten Economic Questions for 2018 #wdym

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Update: Ten Economic Questions for 2018 #wdym

Note: I’ll be on Bloomberg’s #wdym today. Here is a review of the Ten Economic Questions for 2017. Here are my ten questions for 2018. See links at bottom for a follow up, with some thoughts on each of these questions. The purpose of these questions is to provide a framework to think about...
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Q4 Review: Ten Economic Questions for 2017

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Q4 Review: Ten Economic Questions for 2017

At the end of last year, I posted Ten Economic Questions for 2017. I followed up with a brief post on each question. The goal was to provide an overview of what I expected in 2017 (I don’t have a crystal ball, but I think it helps to outline what I think will happen...
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Five Economic Reasons to be Thankful

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Five Economic Reasons to be Thankful

With a Hat Tip to Neil Irwin (he started doing this several years ago) … here are five economic reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving … 1) Low unemployment rate. The unemployment rate declined to 4.1% in October.  The unemployment rate is down from 4.8% in October 2016 (a year ago), and is down...
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Yellen: The Economic Outlook and the Conduct of Monetary Policy

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Yellen: The Economic Outlook and the Conduct of Monetary Policy

From Fed Chair Janet Yellen: The Economic Outlook and the Conduct of Monetary Policy In my remarks today, I will review the considerable progress the economy has made toward the attainment of the two objectives that the Congress has assigned to the Federal Reserve–maximum employment and price stability. The upshot is that labor utilization...
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Five Economic Reasons to be Thankful

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Five Economic Reasons to be Thankful

With a Hat Tip to Neil Irwin (he started doing this a few years ago) … here are five economic reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving … 1) Low unemployment claims. The number of new claims for unemployment insurance benefits is at the lowest level in 40 years (with a much smaller population back...
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Some earlyThoughts on the Impact of the Trump Economic Policies

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Some earlyThoughts on the Impact of the Trump Economic Policies

Just a few thoughts about the economic impact of the Trump plan … First, in broad brushes, the Trump economic plan seems to be:1) Renegotiate trade deals and / or impose tariffs.2) Stricter enforcement and control on immigration, and the deportation of illegal immigrants.3) Significant Infrastructure spending.4) Tax cuts mostly for high income earners...
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Chicago Fed “Economic Growth Picked Up in September”

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Chicago Fed “Economic Growth Picked Up in September”

From the Chicago Fed: Economic Growth Picked Up in September Led by improvements in production-related indicators, the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) increased to –0.14 in September from –0.72 in August. All four broad categories of indicators that make up the index increased from August, but in September, all four categories made negative...
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Q2 Review: Ten Economic Questions for 2016

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Q2 Review: Ten Economic Questions for 2016

At the end of last year, I posted Ten Economic Questions for 2016. I followed up with a brief post on each question. The goal was to provide an overview of what I expected in 2016 (I don’t have a crystal ball, but I think it helps to outline what I think will happen...
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Fed’s Beige Book: Economic activity expanded in the “modest to moderate range” in most Districts

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Fed’s Beige Book: Economic activity expanded in the “modest to moderate range” in most Districts

Fed’s Beige Book “Prepared at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and based on information collected on or before April 7, 2016.” Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts suggest that national economic activity continued to expand in late February and March, though the pace of growth varied across Districts. Most Districts said that...
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