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Jul 13
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U.S. Jobs: Changing Times

July 13, 2018

U.S. workers are getting raises the old fashioned way – by changing jobs; Mexico's new president-elect has had the apparent backing of financial markets so far; China's currency policies remained unchanged in the face of strong external pressure on trade.

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Jun 29
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U.S. Economy: Goldilocks Scenario?

June 29, 2018

Inflation hit the 2% target and personal spending picked up in May; The 28-member European Union found a way to agree on immigration policy; Mexico's election looked set to mark a significant change in direction.

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Jun 22
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OPEC: Crude Agreement

June 22, 2018

OPEC made a deal to hike production by 1 million barrels – and included Russia; Emerging Market election season begins with Turkey; European service growth beat expectations for June; U.S. tax revenue from its metals tariffs netted nearly $800 million so far; the costs have yet to be tallied.

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Jun 15
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The Fed's Rate Hike: Substance and Style

June 15, 2018

Chairman Powell's FOMC was brief, clear and optimistic; trade relations between the U.S. and China remained challenging; Europe's central bank shared its playbook for the next year and more; Russia and Saudi Arabia met about oil and more.

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Jun 08
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U.S. Economy: Hire and Hire

June 08, 2018

Latest U.S. data show more jobs than job-seekers; Brazil and Argentina struggle to slow the sliding value of their currencies; G7 leaders share sharp comments ahead of their weekend summit meeting.

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Jun 01
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Jobs growth: So far, so good

June 01, 2018

A fairly strong U.S. jobs report for May cheered stock markets and dented bonds slightly; another outbreak of tariff trauma got much attention, a round of musical deck-chairs played out in capitals of two of the more troubled European economies.

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May 25
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The Fed: Shifting into neutral?

May 25, 2018

The FOMC minutes showed Powell's Fed to be a slightly more dovish place; Turkey's Erdoğan let the market win one round; Russia and Saudi Arabia discussed opening the spigots to calm the crude oil markets.

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May 18
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OPEC: Production caps, the hard way

May 18, 2018

Some Opec and other producers can't fill even minimum production quotas; Italy's latest proposed coalition spooked markets; U.S. retail sales were good, but not great; German companies' order backlog sent mixed messages.

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May 11
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U.S. inflation: Missing in action

May 11, 2018

Consumer inflation didn't move the dial much this past year as of April; corporate spending rose, but explanations vary; Italy moved ever closer to an improbable governing coalition; the Bank of England held off raising its base rate, citing Brexit uncertainty.

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May 04
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China trade: Short visit, long distance

May 04, 2018

The U.S. officials' two-day visit left much work to be done; U.S. employment in April was good not great; Europe got a reprieve from the conflict between its trading partners; there's so much crude being produced in Midland, Texas that it can't leave the area.

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