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Jul 22

So far, so good

US growth: Summer sizzle

The US economy is having a solid summer so far; with a dovish Fed, more growth may need new tools. Meanwhile, Europe is feeling the first impact of the Brexit vote; China's currency continues to play a supporting role in global trade.

Market Snapshot
Jun 10

Flight to safety in tough times

Bonds: Shaken, not stirred

Bond yields worldwide lurched downward, at least in part due to unsettling news about global growth and the June Fed meeting. Meanwhile, US job growth remains stymied, but not for lack of demand for workers; and Saudi Arabia plans to proffer a piece of patrimony as part of a planned program of reform.

Market Snapshot
Jun 03

US Jobs: Dud on Arrival

The May US job report was a disappointment, with hiring far below expectations, feeding skepticism about a June Fed rate hike. Japan's government backed away from a scheduled sales tax increase, fearing the impact on consumer spending.

Market Snapshot
May 27

Summertime & the Living is...

The Memorial Day holiday in the U.S. marks the unofficial start of summer and that means road trips and hot dogs. A drop in temporary employment this year has eyes focused on Friday’s U.S. jobs report for signs of a summer cool down. Germany's GDP growth for the first quarter of 2016 was strong. Cuba could legalize small- and medium-sized private businesses by the end of the summer and the US dollar has recently shown renewed strength against most other currencies.

Market Snapshot
Apr 29

Eurozone: Ready to roll?

The Eurozone economy is beginning to turn in respectable aggregate growth figures, though disinflation seems to be the rule rather than the exception. The Fed held to its current rate stance, but suggested that it might hike again sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, the Bank of Japan surprised many by also deciding to hold its fire.

Market Snapshot
Apr 22

Japanese Exports, US Jobs, Saudi Borrowing

Japanese exports shrank in March for the 6th month in a row. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits came in well below expectations. Saudi Arabia is negotiating a $10 billion 5-year loan from a syndicate of international banks, foreshadowing bond issuance later this year.

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