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Venture Capital Trends Updated

Four years ago I posted (http://smallbiztrends.com/2010/06/trends-in-venture-capital.html) a presentation I had made at a workshop at Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland on trends in the venture capital industry. In the intervening period, a number of people have asked me for updated slides. Show More Summary

History Repeats: Car Loans To People Who Don't Qualify?

By Profit Confidential: Between the first quarter of 2012 and the second quarter of 2014, auto sales in the U.S. economy have increased 16%. (Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis web site, last accessed August 21, 2014.) And auto sales this year have been stellar, too. Show More Summary

5 Things to Watch on the Economic Calendar

Next week it is the jobs data’s world, we just live in it. At the Jackson Hole conference, Federal Reserve chairman Janet Yellen highlighted central bank research on labor-market conditions that depends on up to 24 different labor-related series. Show More Summary

Grand Central: Fed Job Index a Year Away From Normalcy

The Wall Street Journal’s Daily Report on Global Central Banks for Friday, August 28, 2014 Sign up for the newsletter: http://on.wsj.com/grandcentralsignup An index of labor market conditions watched by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet...Show More Summary

The Credit Gradient

by Keith Weiner The United States, and every country, is subject to a monetary authority and legal tender laws. Here in the U.S. we have the Federal Reserve, a central bank that plans money and credit. The Fed thought they had perfected their planning (but of course it cannot be perfected). Show More Summary

Regional Manufacturing Surveys suggest Solid August ISM index

From the Kansas City Fed: Growth in Tenth District Manufacturing Activity Slowed Slightly The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City released the August Manufacturing Survey today. According to Chad Wilkerson, vice president and economist...Show More Summary

Kansas City Fed Launches New Job Market Index, Sees Improvements

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City launched Thursday a new gauge to track labor market conditions, which signaled in its first outing a hopeful outlook for hiring in the U.S. economy.

Fed Chair Yellen’s Job Market Remarks: A Recruiter’s Perspective

In remarks made recently to a Central Banking Conference meeting in Jackson Hole, WY, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen attributed at least some of the persistent unemployment/underemployment woes in today’s job market to the fact...Show More Summary

Richmond Fed: Manufacturing Activity Expanded at Fastest Pace in Three Years

The Richmond Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity expanded at its fastest pace since March 2011 in August. TheRead the Rest...

Ag Economy; Rural America; Farm Bill; and, Biotech- Tuesday

Agricultural Economy An update yesterday from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis stated that, “Farm incomes fell from April through June, according to results of the Minneapolis Fed’s second-quarter (July) agricultural credit conditions survey. Show More Summary

The Fed Is Not As Powerful As We Think

This past week marked the annual gathering of bankers, financial officials, and other economic experts hosted by the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. On Friday, Fed Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank...Show More Summary

Preemptive Move on Rates Still Unlikely

Janet Yellen has given her widely anticipated opening speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s Jackson Hole Conference. As expected, she devoted her remarks to the labor market, which is the subject of this year’s confere...

Manufacturers in Texas Continue to Grow, but at a Somewhat Slower Pace in August

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said that manufacturing activity continued to grow, but at a slower pace in August.Read the Rest...

Obamacare Continues to Destroy Jobs

Three new Federal Reserve surveys reveal Obamacare continues to force employers to slash jobs and hours in response to the unpopular healthcare overhaul, reports The Wall Street Journal. Last Thursday, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia...Show More Summary

A Few Fed Policy Answers From the Jackson Hole Sidelines

Before heading out to Jackson Hole, Wyo., for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s annual conference, we laid out a few key questions for meeting participants, which included top policy makers from around the world and prominent academic economists.

Grand Central: Wall Street Hedge Funds Increasingly See Early Fed Liftoff

The Wall Street Journal’s Daily Report on Global Central Banks for Monday, August 25, 2014: Sign up for the newsletter. Big Wall Street hedge funds and money managers see an increasing probability that the Federal Reserve will raise short-term interest rates before the end of June next year.

More Economists See Fed Policy As Too Loose

Economists overwhelmingly expect the Federal Reserve to hold off raising short-term interest rates until at least 2015. But nearly a third say doing so would mean the central bank waited too long, a new survey found.

Unemployed Take Their Case To Fed Officials At Jackson Hole

JACKSON HOLE Wyo. (Reuters) - Reginald Rounds was among those present at the Federal Reserve's high-flying monetary conference here, enjoying the chance to button hole two top officials of the U.S. central bank. The St. Louis resident is neither an economist nor a central banker. Show More Summary

Fed’s Lockhart: Unemployment Rate Overstates Degree of Job Market Progress

The Federal Reserve can likely wait until the middle of 2015 to begin raising interest rates from rock-bottom lows, given a job market that still shows signs of weakness and inflation that remains below central bank’s 2% target, Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said.

Draghi Says ECB Ready to Do More

``"We stand ready to adjust our policy stance further," the ECB president said today in the text of a speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's economics conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. "It would be helpful for the overall stance of policy if fiscal policy could play a greater role alongside monetary policy, and I believe there is scope for this."''

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