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5 Things to Watch in Friday’s U.S. GDP Report

The government offers its broadest snapshot of the 2014 economy Friday with the first estimate of how much the economy grew in the final quarter.

Waiting for Wage Growth? Everyone Is Watching the Employment Cost Index

All eyes in the economic world are on the employment cost index, a measure of wage and benefit expenditures due out Friday.

Grand Central: Amidst Many Distractions, Labor Market at Center of Fed Thinking

The Wall Street Journal’s Daily Report on Global Central Banks for Thursday, January 29, 2015. Jon Hilsenrath parses the Fed statement, and finds labor market developments still key to the timing of a first rate rise.

ECB’s Praet Sees Encouraging Signs on Money and Credit

European Central Bank Executive Board member Peter Praet took an upbeat view toward recent economic data, saying that new numbers on credit and money supply represented "encouraging signs" and he saw things improving for the eurozone economy. "We see some encouraging signs in money and credit now," the ECB's chief economist said at a conference.

Japan: A Window on Deflation

What does deflation look like? As Europe and other regions flirt with deflation, Japan's experience over the past couple of decades offers a window: it hasn’t been the Great Depression, but it has been painful--and hard to escape.

Australia’s Central Bank on Track for Rate Cut

Despite an uptick in inflation for the last quarter of 2014, Australia’s central bank remains on track to cut interest rates in the coming months, if not next week, amid a slowing local economy and rising unemployment.

The Case for Holding a Fed News Conference at Every Meeting

Part of the reason investors weren't looking for any action in Federal Reserve policy at this week's meeting has to do more with scheduling than economics.

Fed’s Jeffrey Lacker Has a Kumbaya Moment

For the first time since December 2009, Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker was not the odd man out. Mr. Lacker did not dissent over the Federal Reserve policy statement Wednesday, joining his colleagues to say the central bank would be “patient” in deciding when to start raising short-term interest rates.

Another Plunging Economic Indicator: The Fed Yammering Index

If you want to understand the complexity of monetary policy, you could just use our tongue-in-cheek Federal Reserve Yammering Index.

Deciphering the Fed: ‘Solid’ Beats ‘Moderate,’ and ‘Strong’ is Even Better

The Federal Reserve chooses its words carefully, though it doesn’t always say exactly what officials mean.

Economists React to the January Fed Statement: ‘The Door is Still Open to a June Hike’

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it would keep short-term interest rates near zero until at least the middle of the year. Here's how economists reacted.

Fed’s Interest Rate Floor May Leak No More

The Fed announced Wednesday that in addition to the overnight reverse repurchase agreements it’s offered since September 2013, it will make multiday operations available too.

Read the Full Text of the Fed’s Statement

Here is the full statement text from the Federal Reserve’s policy-making committee.

Where There’s Already Faster U.S. Wage Growth

Economists at Principal Global Investors used data from clients in defined contribution retirement plans to see if they could identify nascent trends not yet captured in the national data.

One in Five U.S. Children Depends On Food Stamps

Roughly 16 million U.S. children under the age of 18—about one in five—received food stamps last year, according to statistics on families released by the Census Bureau on Wednesday.

‘Frothy’ Venture Capital for Robotics Inspired by Drones, Medicine—and a Car-Racing Toy

Venture capitalists are betting big on a robot invasion. They poured $341.3 million into robotics startups last year, a 36% jump over 2013.

Grand Central: China’s Local Government Debt Could Be Source of Trouble

The Wall Street Journal’s Daily Report on Global Central Banks for Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Jon Hilsenrath says a surge in China's local government debt may be a source of global disinflation and rising threats to financial stability.

What to Watch at This Week’s Fed Meeting

The Federal Reserve’s policy meeting Tuesday and Wednesday is likely to yield at most marginal changes to the central bank’s economic assessment and policy signals, with officials await more economic data before deciding when to raise interest rates. The central bank’s policy statement, to be released at 2 p.m. ET.

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