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FED: “Some questions do have answers”

SAO PAOLO | By Marcus Nunes | In his recent post at Econlog Scott Sumner writes “Questions that have no answers”: There are some questions that have no answers. One example is the question: “Was monetary policy too expansionary during the housing boom?” The only sensible answer is “it depends.” It’s not clear what the Fed was trying to do during this period.


US Currency, the Fed’s Other Liability

LONDON | By Joseph Abate at Barclays | For a global 21st century economy, there is a surprising amount of US paper currency circulating. Total US currency outstanding is approximately $1.2trn, which on a per capita basis works out to $3,800.


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Bernanke has been found wanting

SAO PAULO | By Marcus Nunes | According to Alan Goolsbee, as Mr. Bernanke prepares to depart at the end of January and the Fed has initiated the exit-strategy countdown with the start of tapering, it is time to take stock of the QE Era—and time for the critics to admit they were wrong.


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Consumer confidence has a short memory in the U.S.

LONDON | By London analysts | Since the end of the most recent recession, US consumer confidence has remained on an upward trend, despite several negative shocks from government policy. Given this track record, we expect the fall in confidence related to the federal shutdown to be short-lived.


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GDP plus should be GDP less

SAO PAULO | By Marcus Nunes | For less bounce! The Philly Fed has called the measure of GDP obtained from “crushing” the usual measure of GDP (expenditure based) and the income-based measure GDI GDP plus


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FED: If John Taylor can repeat himself, why can´t I?

SAO PAULO | By Marcus Nunes | When Bernanke took the Fed´s helm the gap had been closed. What happened going forward, in particular the complete loss of nominal stability in 2008, which made the financial crisis immensely more severe, is the doing of the Bernanke Fed.


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Modest payrolls, patient Fed

LONDON | By Barclays analysts | We now expect Fed to taper in March 2014. The September payroll report was on the soft side, with nonfarm payrolls rising 148k and private payrolls rising only 126k. These numbers were below our (200k) and consensus (180k) expectations for headline payroll growth. In light of the moderate tone of the September employment report, we have pushed out our expectation for the first Fed tapering in the pace of asset purchases to March 2014 from December 2013.


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Dysfunctionality in both sides of the Atlantic

MADRID | By JP Marin Arrese | In the aftermath of the last minute deal brokered in Congress to avoid a devastating US default, Obama warned against turning disagreement into highly disruptive “dysfunctionality”. A rather mild way to portray the utter economic wreckage any further delay in solving the debt ceiling deadlock would have prompted. Faced with a similar challenge in a couple of months, he chose to play down the reckless Republican attitude in the House, praising instead the bipartisan efforts to prevent the worst from happening.



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No money to pay the bills

MADRID | By JP Marin Arrese | Markets are largely disregarding the Tea Party zealots’ threat to shut down both the Federal administration and the country’s ability to honour its obligations. They bet a last-ditch attempt to find a compromise, will break the current deadlock.