Featured Market Snapshot
U.S. household debt grows along with the economy; China and Japan sell Treasuries; France's election takes another twist; Europe's car sales strengthen
President Trump and Prime Minister Abe tee off; OPEC toes the line; China trade rises; Greece goes back for more.
Global trade agreements are on the table as governments change hands; U.S. growth checked in as present but subdued; 恭喜发财! (Best wishes for a prosperous year!)
Consumer prices augur well for growth for the new administration; formal Brexit talks break out; China's consumers step forward; Argentina's bonds are well-bid
Will France follow the UK?
Will France's EU membership fall victim to presidential politics, or merely muddy the waters for the UK? China's producer prices rise, as do US retail sales.
U.S. hourly wages rose 2.9% in 2016 and underemployment dropped; the FOMC worried about excess growth, while Eurozone optimism improved.
A new year brings a new twist to U.S. real estate investors; Germany's growth gathers steam, and Singapore sees a sign of smooth sailing ahead.
Words vs. numbers
The FOMC's 25-basis-point hike roiled fixed-income markets, despite the lack of surprise. China upped – slightly – its forecast for growth next year and stepped up its campaign against real estate speculation as its bond market reacted.
A long wait until the November meeting
Saudi Arabia and Iran come to terms; U.S. and Europe improve; money market mass migration in the U.S., driven by new post-crisis regulations
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