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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.

Global Central Banks Calendar for Week of Jan. 26 – 31, 2015

MONDAY Bank of Israel releases a policy statement TUESDAY National Bank of Hungary releases a policy statement Federal Reserve begins a two-day policy meeting in Washington

Charlie Rose: Jack Ma is as fascinating as he seems

"CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose spoke with Alibaba founder Jack Ma at the World Economic Forum. Rose gives a debrief of their conversation and previews his upcoming forum with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Senior Producer, Lulu Chiang; Digital Journalist Gilad Thaler.

Apple rakes in record earnings, thanks to China

Taking first place in Chinese smartphone unit sales delivered a massive revenue boost and shows Apple has cracked this market

Mobile ads fuel Yahoo growth

Internet company is seeing benefits from renewed focus on mobile content and services

?Microsoft shares crash on disappointing outlook

Investors looked past the software giant's earnings beat and focused on its lowered guidance, pushing the stock down 9 percent

The EU new fiscal flexibility guidelines: An assessment

This column discusses and evaluates the new guidelines issued by the European Commission regarding the Stability and Growth Pact. These do not change the existing rules, but work to improve transparency, encourage fiscal discipline, and underline that fiscal adjustments should vary based on the circumstances a country finds itself to be in. Show More Summary

Email From US Special Forces Veteran; 500 US Blackwater Mercenaries in Ukraine? US Backs Ukrainian Neo-Nazis

US Special Forces in Ukraine?In response to US Special Forces in Mariupol? I received an interesting email from "Dan" a 23-year Army veteran with four years in special services.Dan writes... I was a soldier in the US Army for 23 years including four years in Special forces Stationed in Germany. Show More Summary

House Prices: Better Seasonal Adjustment; Real Prices and Price-to-Rent Ratio in November

This morning, S&P reported that the National index increased 0.8% in October seasonally adjusted. However, it appears the seasonal adjustment has been distorted by the high level of distressed sales in recent years. Trulia's Jed Kolko...Show More Summary

Research bleg

In this post I’m going to throw out a bunch of graphs, and ask for advice.  First let me briefly discuss real wage cyclicality.  Many of the early macroeconomists believed that real wages should be countercyclical.  They held a sticky-wage theory of the business cycle.  When prices fell sharply, nominal wages seemed to respond with […]

A Midsummer Disinflation Nightmare for the Fed?

How transitory is the inflation impact of plunging oil prices? The answer to that question could hold the key to whether the Federal Reserve raises interest rates in midyear, as many economists still expect, or waits until September or later, just to make sure inflation is rising toward the central bank’s 2% goal.

Noted for Your Afternoon Procrastination for January 27, 2015

Over at [Equitable Growth](http://EquitableGrowth.org)--[The Equitablog](http://equitablegrowth.org/blog) [Heather Boushey: On "Capital in the Twenty-First Century"](http://equitablegrowth.org/2015/01/27/afternoon-must-read-heather-boushey-capital-twenty-first-century/)...Show More Summary

FTC: "Internet of Things" poses consumer risks

The growing number of household products that connect to the Internet could be tempting to hackers, the government fears

Why the 2015 blizzard won't pack much of an economic punch

The "blizzard of 2015" turned out to be a bust for many and won't derail the U.S. economy.

2:00PM Water Cooler 1/27/15

Today's Water Cooler: Hillary sucking all the oxygen out of the room, 1950s plan for martial law, durable goods tank, true facts about irony

Some Californians versus the State

(January 27, 2015 03:32 PM, by David Henderson) Against Collectivism In the last year I have made our sister legal blog, Library of Law and Liberty, part of my newsfeed. I read most of their posts and learn from many of them. Today, blogger and George Mason University... (0 COMMENTS)

Swiss Franc Yield Curve Negative for 12 Years; Bond Crash - Austrian Bank Raiffeisen; Another One Bites the Dust

The casualties continue to pile up in the wake of the the Swiss National Bank dropping its peg to the euro.(See Rabbit Hole Intervention Fails: Wild Moves in Swiss Franc as Switzerland Abandons Euro Peg; Morals of the Story). The first...Show More Summary

Here's what to do with your tax refund

Don't blow your tax refund on a trip to Tahiti -- it's better to use it to pay down debt or save more money

The 2014 Employment Boom

Why did employment grow by about 3 million in 2014? Here is the answer from a new paper: We measure the effect of unemployment benefit duration on employment. We exploit the variation induced by the decision of Congress in December 2013 not to reauthorize the unprecedented benefit extensions introduced during the Great Recession. Show More Summary

Consumer confidence jumps to August 2007 level

Conference Board also found that 20.5 percent of consumers surveyed described jobs as "plentiful"

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