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Wolf Richter: The Wrath of Draghi – First German Bank Hits Savers with Negative Interest Rate

Draghi's near zero rates have resulted in banks that don't engage in casino banking to start imposing negative interest rates on savers. The case described in the post is likely to lead other banks to follow suit if there isn't a big backlash.

Germany Turning Sour on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Yves here. The US media has given considerably more attention to the TransPacific Partnership, the western sister of an ugly multinational-enrichment-scheme-billed-as-a-trade-deal called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The comparative silence about the US-European deal has led many observers to assume that it is more or less on track. Maybe not.

Fed Watch: FOMC Recap

Tim Duy: FOMC Recap, by Tim Duy: In broad terms, the FOMC meeting concluded as I had expected. To the extent there were any surprises, they were on the hawkish side. Or, I would say, hawkish mostly if you believed...

Summers: Reflections on the new 'Secular Stagnation hypothesis'

In case you just can't get enough of Larry Summers talking about secular stagnation: Reflections on the new 'Secular Stagnation hypothesis', by Larry Summers, Vox EU: The notion that Europe and other advanced economies are suffering secular stagnation is gaining...

BOJ Outlook Report: What to Watch

The Bank of Japan is set to release its latest three-year forecasts for growth and prices, offering possible clues over whether it will tinker with its easing program. Here's our what-to-look-for guide.

ECB Stress Tests: The View of an Insider

Yves here. The ECB stress tests are starting to resemble the process that Japan's Ministry of Finance used in dealing with zombie banks in its post-bubble years. The MOF would gradually acknowledge how bad the loan books were as theShow More Summary

The Identity of Shame

(October 30, 2014 12:24 AM, by Bryan Caplan) Every large, unselective group includes some villains. Say whatever you like about the average moral caliber of Christians, atheists, Democrats, Republicans, plumbers, comic book fans, or Albanians. The fact remains that each of these groups contains some awful people. While... (0 COMMENTS)

AQR results and Italian bank governance

Sound corporate governance is essential for a well-functioning banking system and the integrity of financial markets. This column discusses the corporate governance of Italian banks, its regulatory framework, and the specific challenges arising from the role played by foundations and large cooperatives. Show More Summary

Reflections on the new 'Secular Stagnation hypothesis'

The notion that Europe and other advanced economies are suffering secular stagnation is gaining traction. This column by Larry Summers – first published in the Vox eBook “Secular Stagnation: Facts, Causes and Cures” – explains the idea. Show More Summary

Regulating capital flows at both ends

Capital flows to emerging markets have been very volatile since the Global Crisis. This has kindled debates on whether – and how – to better manage cross-border flows. In this column, the authors examine the role of capital account restrictions in taming destabilising capital flows. Show More Summary

Thursday: Q3 GDP, Unemployment Claims

From the Atlanta Fed GDPNow: The GDPNow model forecast for real GDP growth (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in the third quarter of 2014 was 2.7 percent on October 28From Chico Harlan at the WaPo: Tomorrow’s GDP numbers will give a better read on the U.S. Show More Summary

Continuing Conversation... Robert Solow on Growth and the State of Economics, by Amy Willis

Nobel laureate and emeritus professor at MIT Robert Solow sat down with EconTalk host Russ Roberts this week to discuss growth theory and the challenges of macroeconomics. Now let's hear from you. Use the prompts below for comments here at EconTalk, or use them to start your own conversations offline. Show More Summary

Why some big retailers are refusing Apple Pay

Their deal with rival system CurrentC requires exclusivity, which is coming under fire as Apple Pay gets underway

Fed’s Axis of Opposition Shifts from Hawks to Doves

The Fed’s decision Wednesday to end its bond-buying program helped moved the needle of formal opposition at the central bank from the camp of officials opposed to its ultra-easy credit policies to the group wanting them to continue.

The Best and Worst Places in the World to Run a Business, Ranked by the World Bank

You’d have to be heroic to start a business in Venezuela, Afghanistan or Libya. They're among the lowest-ranked economies in the World Bank’s latest “Doing Business” report, which scores 189 nations based on how hard it is to run a company there.

U.S. tells Takata to move faster on airbags

NHSTA says the Japanese company has to crank out more replacement parts and perform more tests

Lawler on Housing Vacancy Survey for Q3: Reported Household Growth Remained Muted; “True” Homeownership Rate Probably Lowest Since the 1960’s

From housing economist Tom Lawler:Yesterday the Census Bureau released the “Residential Vacancies and Homeownership” Report (commonly referred to as the Housing Vacancy Survey, or HVS) for the third quarter of 2014. The HVS is basedShow More Summary

Stocks slip after the Fed does the expected

Reaction on Wall Street was mostly muted as the central banks ends its bond-buying stimulus program

Fed turns hawkish as stimulus ends

How will the stock market react now that the central bank is shutting off the flow of easy money?

Good-bye bond buying, hello volatility: James Saft

Oct 29 (Reuters) – Saying QE is over is a bit like saying a flood is over when the water, up to your chin, stops rising. The Fed, which as expected pulled the trigger on the final taper on Wednesday, still controls a balance sheet it plans to keep steady at $4.5 trillion. And more […]

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