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How Many Employees Are Prepared To Work From Home?
Due to COVID-19, many firms are asking their employees to work remotely. There are also cases of firms halting work altogether, including automobile manufacturers halting production lines.
Job Cut Announcements Due To COVID-19 Begin
Through the morning of March 12th, U.S.-companies have announced 633 job cuts specifically tied to the outbreak of novel Coronavirus.
February 2020 Consumer Expectations Little Changed
The February survey shows a small increase in medium-term inflation expectations. Expectations about household income growth moderated somewhat while spending growth and home price change expectations both ticked up.
5,000 Global Job Cuts Due To COVID-19. Will There Be More To Follow?
Oyo, the hotel start-up based in India and backed by Softbank, announced 5,000 job cuts from a workforce of 30,000 due to a demand downturn for its hotel partners from the outbreak of Coronavirus.
February 2020 Chemical Activity Barometer Improved And Now In Expansion
The Chemical Activity Barometer rose 0.4 percent in February on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis following a 0.7 percent gain in January. On a year-over-year (Y/Y) basis, the barometer increased 2.0 percent.
Homeownership Rate Jumps As Millennials Step Up Buying
According to the latest Housing Vacancies and Homeownership release from the U.S. Census Bureau, the homeownership rate jumped to 65.1% in the fourth quarter of 2019, the highest in six years.
Firm-Level Shocks And GDP Growth: The Case Of Boeings 737 MAX Production Pause
Large firms play an integral role in aggregate economic activity owing to their size and production linkages.
HSBC Announces 35,000 Job Cuts. U.S. Financial Sector Job Cuts In All Of 2019 Was Only 25,000
HSBC Group, the London-based investment bank, and financial services firm, announced it would cut 35,000 workers globally over the next three years in an effort to increase revenue and reduce risk-weighted assets by $100 billion.
Household Spending Expectations Decline In December 2019 Household Spending Survey
The survey shows the highest reading for monthly household spending growth compared to a year ago since April 2015.
Wringing The Overoptimism From FOMC Growth Forecasts
Growth forecasts by Federal Open Market Committee meeting participants were persistently too optimistic for 2008 through 2016. In contrast, forecasts for 2017 through 2019 started low but were revised up over time.
Technological Change And The U.S.'s Trade Surplus In Services
Along with the global expansion of trade of the last 50 years, the U.S. has exhibited a large deficit in the balance in the international trade of goods.
4Q2019 Report On Household Debt And Credit: Household Debt Continues To Rise; Mortgage Originations Hit 14-Year High
Total household debt balances grew by $193 billion in the fourth quarter, marking a $601 billion increase in household debt balances in 2019, the largest annual gain since 2007.
January 2020 Consumer Expectations: Inflation Expectations Hold Steady As Year Opens
Consumers remain optimistic about labor market outcomes with year-ahead earnings growth, job finding, and job loss expectations all improving. The average expectation of an increase in U.S. stock prices continued on its upward trend.
Countries In The IMF Financial Spotlight In 2020
In 2020, the IMF plans to assess the stability of twelve financial systems.
Outlook For Latin America And The Caribbean: New Challenges To Growth
Economic activity in Latin America and the Caribbean stagnated in 2019, continuing with the weak growth momentum of the previous five years and adding more urgency and new challenges to reignite growth.
How Banks Create Money And Why Governments Should Too: Part 5
There are all kinds of competing opinions and theories about what money "is" and where money "comes from".
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