from Breakingviews:

Financiers may want to keep a closer eye on Trump

May 4, 2016

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

from Breakingviews:

Chancellor: Pensions are a bubble waiting to burst

April 15, 2016

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

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 MacroScope:

Canada’s central bank still dreaming of an export recovery

January 19, 2016

Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz looks on during a Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce event in central London March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth   - RTR4V02N

The dramatic plunge in the Canadian dollar must surely be a test of optimism, and patience, for Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz.

from The Great Debate:

Has Obama really changed America?

January 12, 2016

U.S. President Barack Obama reacts while talking about Newtown and other mass killings during an event held to announce new gun control measures at the White House in Washington January 5, 2016.  The White House unveiled gun control measures on Monday that require more gun sellers to get licenses and more gun buyers to undergo background checks, moves Obama said were well within his authority to implement without congressional approval. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama reacts while talking about Newtown and other mass killings during an event held to announce new gun control measures at the White House in Washington January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

from Breakingviews:

Mets and America pull off a slick double play

October 22, 2015

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

from MacroScope:

U.S. manufacturing flashing warning signs

September 29, 2015

U.S. manufacturing may be in trouble. Nearly all key indicators measuring the health of manufacturers in the world's largest economy have disappointed over the past year.

from MacroScope:

The new Godot: waiting for wage inflation

September 7, 2015

Actors Maertens and Stoetzner perform on stage at Vienna's BurgtheaterBoth of the two top central banks considering an interest rate rise from near-zero are hoping for a significant pickup in wage inflation and have been waiting a long time for it to turn up.

from MacroScope:

Tale of two ISMs: another reason for the Fed to pause?

September 1, 2015

Depending on which report you read from the same source, the U.S. economy is doing extremely well and also in danger of slowing sharply.

from MacroScope:

Breakout for U.S. services economy?

August 6, 2015

It’s not very often you come across a chart like this. Usually this kind of thing happens once every 10 years or so.