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Mexico's Output Growth Slows In The Fourth Quarter
Mexico’s economy grew an annualized 1.2 percent in fourth quarter 2018 after expanding 3.4 percent in the third quarter. Gross domestic product (GDP) grew 2.1 percent in 2018 (fourth quarter/fourth quarter).
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January 2019 Small Business Optimism Returning To Normal Levels As Owners Express Uncertainty About The Future
The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index slipped 3.2 points in January, as owners continued hiring and investing, but expressed rising concern about future economic growth.
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January 2019 Consumer Expectations: Consumer Optimism Ebbs Although Inflation Expectations Hold Steady
The January 2019 Survey of Consumer Expectations, which shows that while short- and medium-term inflation expectations were unchanged households were generally less optimistic about the economy and about future changes in their financial situation.
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January 2019 Job Cuts Up 21%
Employers at U.S.-based companies announced plans to cut 52,988 jobs from their payrolls in January, 20.7 percent higher than the 43,884 announced in December.
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Return Of The Bond Vigilante
Bond market vigilantes are a vanishing species. The label refers to bond traders who are averse to fiscal profligacy but also captures politicians who are wedded to small government.
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Mortgage Rates Are Expected To Rise Further This Year To Their Highest Level In A Decade
Mortgage rates are expected to rise further this year to their highest level in a decade, affecting home buyer’s monthly payments and lessening the dollar increase in home-purchase lending.
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Betting On India
4 years ago
I am a foreigner who lives in India about 6 months a year. there is a theory that a ship runs smoother if all rowers are rowing in the same direction - even if it is wrong. At this point Rajan is the rower trying to move the ship in the opposite direction. It is significantly easier to slow an economy down than speed it up - in fact, i see no evidence from anywhere in the world that monetary policy can be used to accelerate an economy. Rajan's policies are a brake on the indian economy.
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