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Futures targeting at the ECB

Geoff Orwell sent me the following: The idea that monetary policy could use derivative markets to pursue its objectives has appeared in the literature 3) but has very seldom found application. The need to find new tools for the intractable problem of unanchored inflationary expectations could now provide the incentive to test the idea in […]

Ezra Klein on Trump and the media

Here’s Ezra Klein on the recent debate: Here is the conventional wisdom about last night’s presidential debate, as I understand it. Hillary Clinton won in a rout, but that’s largely because Donald Trump flagged after an excellent first 30 minutes in which he hammered away at his strongest issue: trade. “Donald Trump won the first […]

OPEC deal appears to sink on Saudi-Iran split

Their ongoing regional rivalry stands in the way of an agreement to cut production aimed at bolstering oil prices

ATA Trucking Index increased Sharply in August

This was released last week by the ATA: ATA Truck Tonnage Index Jumped 5.7% in AugustAmerican Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 5.7% in August, following a 2.1% decline during July. Show More Summary

An Online Education Breakthrough? A Master’s Degree for a Mere $7,000

A Georgia Tech computer science program at drastically reduced prices could change the way we think about the problem of college costs.

My Kuroda! Bank Of Japan’s Targeting Of Yield Curve Goes The Wrong Way

On September 21, 2016 (last than a week ago), Bloomberg has this headline: “BOJ Shifts Policy Framework to Targeting Japan’s Yield Curve. The post My Kuroda! Bank Of Japan’s Targeting Of Yield Curve Goes The Wrong Way was originally published at The Wall Street Examiner. Follow the money!

Is Inequality Rising or Falling?

By James Kwak Last week, Council of Economic Advisers chair Jason Furman took to the Washington Post to announce that President Obama has “narrowed the inequality gap. The post Is Inequality Rising or Falling? was originally published at The Wall Street Examiner. Follow the money!

Income was Too Good to be True

The Census Bureau reported that median income jumped 5.2% last year. As I pointed out last week, that’s a solid increase, but... The post Income was Too Good to be True was originally published at The Wall Street Examiner. Follow the money!

The Donald Nailed It: “We Are In A Big Fat Ugly Bubble”

Most of the 90 minutes last night was a waste—with both candidates lobbing well-worn clichés, slogans and sound bites at the audience and each other. But there was one brief moment that made it all worthwhile. That was when Donald Trump...Show More Summary

The Threat of Fascism in America Today

James Fallows: _[Trump Time Capsule #108: Bush, Fahrenthold, Kagan][]_: >A four-month-old article... by Robert Kagan... [with whom] I disagree... on just about everything... >But in the months since he originally published his essay, called “This Is How Fascism Comes to America,” I think his arguments have come to seem more...

Big-ticket orders at U.S. factories dip a bit

August’s durable goods report slipped from July’s reading, mainly due to the volatile commercial aircraft category

Investors give Deutsche Bank shares some relief

The struggling German bank’s move to sell a subsidiary and vows to not seek government support have stabilized the stock

Yellen likely to face questions about Wells Fargo

Earlier this month, regulators fined Wells Fargo $185M, charging that some of the bank's employees opened unauthorized accounts

The Sky Is Falling! Growth in World Trade Is Slowing

The establishment types are pulling out all the stops in trying to resuscitate the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Hence we get a report from the OECD on the declining in the growth rate of world trade and a front page article highlighting the report in the Washington Post. I haven't read the report carefully, but it is worth making two quick points. Show More Summary

One beer company, one-third of the global market

SABMiller’s $100 billion takeover of AB Inbev -- and the creation of a behemoth -- is now set to become final on Oct. 10

Global stocks have mixed performance after Wall Street gains

Wall Street looked set to for a quiet open: Both Dow and S&P 500 futures were nearly unchanged

Retirement planning: Millennials are starting fast

While still new to this game, they appear to be listening to wise counsel and are making some smart moves already

Immigration: the right's problem

A commenter on a previous post asks: why is immigration such an obsession on the left? To answer this question, let’s first note that the free market right should be strongly opposed to immigration controls. This is simply because immigration...

Wells Fargo sales scandal points to industry-wide problem

One former employee at Chase Bank says he was pressured to meet sales targets in order to avoid getting fired, even if that meant opening questionable accounts

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