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Here Comes The Big ECB Decision...

The European Central Bank will meet on Thursday to announce its latest monetary policy. The meeting at 7:45 a.m. ET (12:45 p.m. BST) will be followed at 8:30 ET (1:30 p.m. BST) by a news conference with ECB president Mario Draghi. Economists...Show More Summary

Chinese Spring

It happened a little bit quicker than I expected in my last blog!!! Chinese people are rioting in masses in Hong Kong as predicted; I believe all these recent riots are resource based and the result of the late monetary policies of the...Show More Summary

Ray Dalio: "There Is Always A Downturn"

Thanks to The Federal Reserve's extreme monetary policy, "the prospective return of asset classes is very narrow," warns Bridgewater's Ray Dalio, with expected returns for equities of "only about 4 percent." This is a problem, he explains...Show More Summary

Here's What To Expect From Thursday's Big ECB Meeting

At 7:45 a.m. ET on Thursday, the European Central Bank (ECB) will announce its latest decision on rates and monetary policy, with ECB president Mario Draghi taking press questions 45 minutes later. Nobody is really expecting any more...Show More Summary

Gold ETF Holdings At Lowest Level Since September 2009: Interactive Brokers

Despite protests in Hong Kong and tensions in Ukraine, geopolitical troubles did little to lift gold in September, as the U.S. dollar strengthened on hopes that the Federal Reserve will tighten its monetary policy as early as this month. To that point, Interactive Brokers’ Andrew Wilkinson has a new report out in which he notes [...]

Rick Santelli Slams Central Bank Intervention For "Taking The Voters Out Of The Game"

"Central Bankers have moved from being 'nudgers' on monetary policy to basically managing fiscal policy," warns Rick Santelli, adding that "in the West, it's now basically the same." As Santelli points out so accurately, the centralShow More Summary

BOE’s Miles Lukewarm on Extra Rate Guidance

David Miles, one of nine rate-setters on the BOE's Monetary Policy Committee, said in a speech at the London School of Economics that while he is "open-minded" about refining the central bank's messaging, he is unconvinced that publishing detailed forecasts for interest rates is the right way to go, according to a text of his remarks.

The New Normal of Monetary Policy

Yves here. This post describes the "new normal" of the role bank reserves play in hitting short-term policy rate targets in the US. The author ends on a cheery note about how the abnormal-looking situation we have, in particular super-low interest rates, could persist for a very long time. Show More Summary

China In A Nutshell

We have explained the complications of China's monetary policy efforts, trade-financing shenanigans, 'peculiarly stable' headline macro data in the face of collapsing real data, and the 'hangover' effect of China's seemingly-terrified-for-reality-to-peek-through credit injections... Show More Summary

Modelling sticky prices and monetary shocks

The assumption of sticky prices is central in understanding the effect of monetary policies on the economy. Yet, how to best model price stickiness is an unresolved issue. This column assesses a selection of models that are able to reproduce cross-sectional heterogeneity in the setting of prices. Show More Summary

Global Central Banks Calendar for Week of Sept. 29 – Oct. 3, 2014

MONDAY Chicago Fed’s Evans is interviewed on CNBC at 8 a.m. EDT Chicago Fed’s Evans speaks on the economy and monetary policy at the National Association for Business Economics annual meeting in Chicago at 9 a.m. EDT

Fed's Evans Repeats Call For Patience In Raising U.S. Interest Rates

(Reuters) - The Federal Reserve should be "exceptionally patient" in removing monetary policy accommodation, delaying interest-rate hikes until it is confident the U.S. economy can withstand them and only raising rates slowly once it starts, a top Fed official said on Monday. Show More Summary

Lockstep Credit Burdens The Economic Assumptions

By Joseph Calhoun: By Jeffrey P. Snider For all the supposed and assumed disparities between US monetary policy direction and that in Europe, credit markets in both locations seem to be far too much in lock-step agreement. That would...Show More Summary

Weekend Reading: Charles Evans: Patience Is a Virtue When Normalizing Monetary Policy

Charles Evans: Patience Is a Virtue When Normalizing Monetary Policy: "I would like to thank the Peterson Institute and Adam Posen... >...for organizing this conference focusing on labor market issues. The functioning of the labor market is always of great interest to both academics and policymakers. Show More Summary

Cryptocurrencies Will Challenge Traditional Transaction Platforms And Monetary Policies

By ARK Investment Management: by Elizabeth Hamilton, ARK Analyst Until cryptocurrencies surfaced seemingly out of nowhere, merchants and consumers seemed resigned to a 2.5-3% transaction toll with each credit or debit card purchase, while lower income individuals accepted the 8% remittance fee charged by companies like Western Union (NYSE:WU). Show More Summary

Morning Must-Read: Charles Evans: Patience Is a Virtue When Normalizing Monetary Policy

Charles Evans: Patience Is a Virtue When Normalizing Monetary Policy: "At the end of the second quarter of 2014... >...the labor force participation rate was between 1/2 and 1-1/4 percentage points below trend... as much as 3/4 of a percentage point below predictions based on its historical relationship with the unemployment rate.... Show More Summary

'What Should Monetary Policy Be?'

Brad DeLong wants to know if he is off his rocker (on this particular point): What Should Monetary Policy Be?: Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans’s position seems to me to be the position that ought to be the...

Here's What Stocks Do Before And After The Fed Starts Hiking Rates

Sooner or later, the Federal Reserve will begin normalizing monetary policy, which means higher interest rates are coming. This has investors rightfully worried because higher rates mean higher interest costs, which should be bad for profits and ultimately stocks. Show More Summary

Gold And U.S. Monetary Policy

By AdvisorShares: Treesdale Partners, portfolio manager of the AdvisorShares Gartman Gold/Euro ETF (NYSEARCA:GEUR), AdvisorShares Gartman Gold/British Pound ETF (NYSEARCA:GGBP), AdvisorShares Gartman Gold/Yen ETF (NYSEARCA:GYEN) andShow More Summary

Analysis: Chinese Central Banker’s Departure Wouldn’t Necessarily Signal Policy Shift

Don't expect any major changes to China's monetary policy if the country's central bank chief, Gov. Zhou Xiaochuan, is replaced in the coming months.

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