from Breakingviews:

Cult of central bank transparency is too powerful

May 26, 2015

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

from Morning Bid with David Gaffen:

The Road Was Long, But You Ran It (Janet)

May 22, 2015

On an otherwise quiet day for markets, everyone's got their eye on Janet Yellen, who speaks at 1:00 p.m. ET (1700 GMT), and it looks like she's going to make a bit of a case for the Federal Reserve to start raising rates in the near-term.

from Morning Bid with David Gaffen:

Fed in the Red

May 20, 2015

The Federal Reserve's upcoming minutes on Wednesday will serve as something as a precursor of Janet Yellen's coming Friday speech that looks like it will set the tone for the coming Fed meetings and what should be the market's outlook for Fed policy.

from MacroScope:

Still waiting for the great wage rebound

May 7, 2015

AIt’s now been well over a year since the two major central banks most likely to raise interest rates in the near future warned us we should pay attention to pay.

from MacroScope:

Is the dollar taking over the Fed’s job?

May 5, 2015

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While the surge in the greenback since July has turned up in all sorts of economic data, much of it not good, the big one may have just landed.

from MacroScope:

Monetary policy: New T-shirt needed?

May 1, 2015

San Francisco Fed President John Williams  believes deeply that monetary policy is data-dependent, so much so that he has printed the mantra on T-shirts that he is giving away coast to coast. On Friday at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., however, he didn't discuss the current state of U.S. economic data or the stance of monetary policy. Instead, he focused on why forcing the Fed to follow a strict monetary policy rule to make interest rate decisions would be, well, a problem (http://reut.rs/1bmCfvB). It's a view that a number of his colleagues, including Fed Chair Janet Yellen, have publicly embraced. Monetary policy -- it's independent. Sounds like something you could put on a T-shirt.

from MacroScope:

As Fed’s statement shrinks, data looms larger

April 29, 2015

Perhaps the most notable aspect of the Federal Reserve’s April statement is its brevity: at just 560 words, it’s the shortest post-Fed-meeting statement since October 2012.  In saying less about its much-anticipated first interest-rate hike, the Fed is nudging markets to pay attention to other stuff. Like, for instance, the April jobs report next Friday, and the May jobs report one month later. “The Fed is data dependent,” says Eaton Vance portfolio manager Eric Stein. “They’d like to get to a world where the market will react more to numbers rather than Fed meetings and statements.”

from MacroScope:

U.S. growth outlook snowed under yet again

April 29, 2015

SFor many years in a row, since a form of feeble recovery began from the worst financial crisis in more than 80 years, a similar pattern of déjà vu has set in for the U.S. economy.

from MacroScope:

Data isn’t as objective as the Fed might have you believe

April 28, 2015

SFFedTshirt.jpgFed officials say they will be “data-dependent” when it comes to making monetary policy. San Francisco Fed President John Williams feels so strongly about it, he’s even printed up a T-shirt to get that message across. But truth be told, data-dependency is not as objective as it sounds. Data doesn’t dictate policy; it’s the interpretation of data that’s key. What is rate-hike-worthy data to one policymaker is keep-the-pedal-to-the-metal data for another. Take, for instance, U.S. GDP growth. Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker says he expects GDP growth to average 2 percent to 2.5 percent this year, a pace that would justify a Fed rate hike in June. Chicago Fed President Charles Evans expects 3 percent growth this year, and does not believe even that would justify a rate hike until the first half of 2016. So what does it tell you about monetary policy if you see GDP growth of 2.5 percent? Not a whole lot, judging from these two. And the statements of other Fed officials are hardly more helpful. Indeed, as Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said recently, “I don't think it is advisable to approach such a decision with rigid quantitative triggers in mind.” Watch the data, sure. But don’t assume the data will tell you much about the exact timing of the rate hike. Monetary policy – it’s subjective. Maybe some policymaker will print that on a T-shirt.

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.