from MacroScope:

Valentine’s Day disappoints after Star Wars surge

March 2, 2016

By Lindsay Dunsmuir

The Fed’s Beige Book, a compendium of anecdotes from business contacts across the U.S. central bank’s 12 regional districts, is not known for tickling detail.  But it seems one regional Fed district – Boston to be precise – is paving the way in bringing a bit of relatable life to the usually dour document. In January’s report it pointed out that a toy company in its district reported strong sales “largely driven by the new Star Wars movie.” This time, it seems that all that movie-related spending has left locals with little money to spend on love. “Sales of Valentine’s Day items usually spike a few days before the holiday, but this year sales were lackluster,” the Boston Fed reported. Next time around, will we find out that children were deprived of their chocolate Easter bunnies? It’s anyone’s guess, but it seems like the researchers in Boston are minded to let us know.

from Breakingviews:

Jobs in Japan outweigh recession-that-wasn’t

December 8, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist.  The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Job data rarely work as gauge of economy’s health

November 6, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from MacroScope:

Déjà vu? Fed may struggle to hike if U.S. optimism fades for H2

April 28, 2015

RTR4VVNE.jpgThe U.S. Federal Reserve may find it even more tough to raise interest rates as the year wears on if dwindling expectations for growth are any guide.

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BOC to hold this year? Probably not say nearly half the primary dealers

April 15, 2015

Bank of Canada Governor Poloz speaks during a Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce event in central LondonThe Bank of Canada will almost certainly hold policy steady on Wednesday but nearly half of the banks who do business directly with it predict at least one more rate cut this year.

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Surprise monetary policy moves may become new norm in India

April 14, 2015

File photo of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan during a news conference in Mumbai

For all the measures India's central bank has taken to increase transparency in policy making, predicting rate moves by Governor Raghuram Rajan is still difficult.

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Patient: Fed may drop the word, not the idea

March 18, 2015

RTR4R4RY.jpgFed Chair Janet Yellen may signal later today that she is no longer patient about when to consider raising rates but any eventual hike is likely to come after June, judging by how many key economic reports so far this year have undercut expectations.

from Breakingviews:

Review: The shirk ethic – a user’s guide

November 28, 2014

By Martin Langfield

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

from Breakingviews:

Ecuador economic ‘miracle’ meets maturity

By Rob Cox
September 11, 2014

By Rob Cox

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

from Breakingviews:

China growth index: Good month for train-spotters

August 30, 2013

By Katrina Hamlin

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.