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World Investors' Cash Holdings Highest Since 2012: Reuters Poll

By Chris Vellacott LONDON (Reuters) - World investors increased cash holdings in January as they braced for a choppy year with markets buffeted by conflicting forces such as diverging monetary policy and rising geopolitical risks, a Reuters poll shows. Show More Summary

3 Things - Fed Mistake, ECB QE, Housing

Submitted by Lance Roberts via STA Wealth Management, The Fed May Be Making A Mistake On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve made their latest monetary policy announcement. Janet Yellen, the current Chairwoman, made several statements that led the markets to believe that they remain on course for increasing the overnight lending rate this year. Show More Summary

Janet Yellen Now Advises Democrats What The Fed's Monetary Policy Plans Are

The WTF moment has arrived: the moment when the Chair of the "independent" Fed tells an audience of Democrats just what her plans for monetary policy are: YELLEN TOLD DEMOCRATS NO RATE INCREASE `IMMEDIATELY': SCHUMER We knew some Fed member would speak today to boost stocks but had no idea it would be Yellen herself. Show More Summary

"Monetary Policy Has Lost Any Semblance Of Discipline," Stephen Roach Slams "QE Lemmings

Submitted by Stephen Roach via Project Syndicate, Predictably, the European Central Bank has joined the world’s other major monetary authorities in the greatest experiment in the history of central banking. By now, the pattern is all too familiar. Show More Summary

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.

Economic Statistics for 28 Jan 15

The MBA reports that mortgage applications fell -3.2% last week, with purchases down -0.1% and refis down -5.0%. The Federal Open Markets Committee left US monetary policy unchanged at this meeting, with the Fed Funds target rate remaining at 0% to 0.5%. Dale’s social media profiles: Twitter | Facebook | Google+


Stocks finished in the red on Wednesday after an ugly last hour of trade that saw the average go from roughly unchanged to lows of the day. The big event on Wednesday was the Fed's latest monetary policy statement, that saw the Fed largely...Show More Summary

The Kiwi Is Getting Crushed (NZD, USD)

The kiwi is getting crushed. On Wednesday, the Royal Bank of New Zealand announced its latest monetary policy decision, keeping rates 3.5% and saying that it expects to keep rates there "for some time." In its statement, the RBNZ also...Show More Summary

Senator Rand Paul re-introduces ‘Audit the Fed’ bill

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Republican Senator Rand Paul, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, on Wednesday re-introduced a bill that would expose the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy discussions and decisions to a congressional audit. The Kentucky senator’s move to re-introduce the bill, along with 30...

Why The Fed Might Sound Hawkish Today (DIA, SPY, QQQ, TLT, IWM)

The Federal Reserve is set to announce its latest monetary policy decision on Wednesday at 2:00 pm ET. In a preview ahead of the Fed's announcement, Marc Chandler wrote that, "To the extent the FOMC meeting is ever routine, this should...Show More Summary

Emerging markets could get hurt – IMF

The “normalisation” of US monetary policy, no matter how well implemented, could hurt emerging markets and undermine financial stability, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said. ||| THE “normalisation” of...Show More Summary

Wednesday: FOMC Statement

I don't expect much to change in the FOMC statement. I expect "patient" to remain: "Based on its current assessment, the Committee judges that it can be patient in beginning to normalize the stance of monetary policy."And this sentence...Show More Summary

TPC Program on Dynamic Scoring: Now What?

The Tax Policy Center hosted a program yesterday on Dynamic Scoring: Now What? (video here): On January 26, the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center and the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at Brookings took a close look at how dynamic scoring is done, the models that JCT and CBO...

Ralph Hawtrey

You may wonder why I chose to name my chair at Mercatus the “Ralph Hawtrey Chair of Monetary Policy.”  Here are a few reasons: 1.  He was an early supporter of NGDP targeting, or something relatively close. 2.  He was an outstanding monetary economist. 3.  He was a moderate with pragmatic views. 4.  He had […]

ECB, Syriza have broken euro zone’s German spell

The European Central Bank’s easing and the Greek anti-austerity party’s electoral victory show the euro zone is breaking free of German dominance. With loose monetary policy and banking union, it seems ready for growth-friendly policies that don’t ignore economic reality.

Loaded Long Johns: What This Central Banker’s Undergarments Have to Do with China’s Economy

When Chinese central banker Zhou Xiaochuan spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, he sparked an unusual question among central-bank watchers at home: Was he wearing his feeling about China’s monetary policy on his sle...

Austrian "Freedom" Party Demands Bailout For Swiss Franc Speculators (From "Monstrous Monetary Policy")

The phrases "it's just not fair" and "waa waa waa" were not seen in Austria's Freedom Party's statement demanding a bailout for Swiss-Franc-denominated borrowers (i.e. people who were willing to speculate on FX rates with their house...Show More Summary


Stocks went nowhere on Monday, eking out tiny gains as the market gets ready for a busy week that is highlighted by Wednesday's monetary policy announcement from the Fed and Friday's Q4 GDP report. First, the scoreboard: Dow: 17, 675.7, +3, (+0.02%) S&P 500: 2,056.6, +4.8, (+0.2%) Nasdaq: 4,770.1, +12.2, (+0.3%) And now, the top stories on Monday: 1. Show More Summary

Swiss Franc Slumps Most Since September 2011

The fallout from the monetary policy machinations in Europe over the last two weeks are far from over. After notable weakness last week, the Swiss Franc collapsed 2.7% today against the USD - its largest single-day drop since Sept 6th 2011. Show More Summary

Near-zero rates and QE look to be here to stay

My regular column is available to subscribers on This is an excerpt. It has been a big week for monetary policy, led of course by the European Central Bank?s ?1 trillion-plus quantitative easing (QE) programme but also here,...

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