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Advisories
December 14, 2010 Posted by
The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee voted Tuesday to keep the federal funds rate unchanged at zero to 0.25 percent ...
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Economic Outlook
December 08, 2010 Posted by
Last Wednesday brought a wonderful data dump by the Fed as they complied with a congressional order to release the recipients of TARP funds. The website ProPublica provides a list of the recipients of these funds as well as the funds provided to Fannie and Freddie.
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FX Outlook
December 08, 2010 Posted by
Last week started with the euro (EUR) plunging to 2½-month lows against the USD amid concern that the Irish bailout was not big enough and contagion fears to other euro zone members. The single currency reversed course to rally in the latter part of the week as the European Central Bank (ECB) announced it would continue to provide liquidity to the system into Q1 2011.
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Observation Deck
December 01, 2010 Posted by
As we near the end of another year and the holiday season is upon us, all eyes are on the U.S. consumer, watching to see if the old ways of spending will return, leaving behind the mentality of saving more...
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Economic Outlook
November 30, 2010 Posted by
Contrary to popular opinion, the savings rate has not been negative in recent decades. Though many would have you believe Americans are soullessly irresponsible consumers...
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FX Outlook
November 30, 2010 Posted by
After another tumultuous year in global financial markets with more unprecedented government intervention, the outlook remains uncertain to say the least. The guarded optimism at the end of 2009 has been replaced by a more subdued view, seasoned by the realization that although the juggernaut may have slowed, any accurate forecasts of its eventual halt and consequences are probably unintentional.
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FX Outlook
November 23, 2010 Posted by
The interesting financial news this week besides Irish debt was the market and economists' outspoken criticism of the Fed's quantitative easing — the Fed's tactic to liven up the U.S. economy.
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Economic Outlook
November 16, 2010 Posted by
Leaving aside all the bluster regarding QE2 for a moment, I thought we might explore something closer to our hearts: short-term bond supply.
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