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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Watch Your Step

The Federal Reserve moved another step in the process of “normalizing” monetary policy last week, announcing a 25 basis point increase to the discount rate—the rate the Fed charges banks who borrow money from the Fed—after the market closed on Thursday. The move was well telegraphed, as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke mentioned ……

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Snow Day

Believe it or not, 49 of the 50 states (sorry, Hawaii) had some snow on the ground on Friday, February 12, capping off a historic week for snowfall in many mid-Atlantic cities. Barring an unlikely heat wave over the final half of the month, February’s harsh weather pattern is likely to impact economic data ranging from……

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Where Are the Jobs?

The economic data released last week was solid, but largely overlooked, as markets focused on sovereign credit risk in southern Europe. The week’s attention grabbing report, the January employment report, was……

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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly… And the FOMC, Too

The data released last week (and early on Monday, February 1) can be grouped into The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. The “Good” news dominated the “Bad” and “Ugly”, suggesting that the economic data was……

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