US Economy

Yellen pitches cautious rate strategy

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Federal Reserve chair says 'gradualistic approach,' spells out hawkish risks.

US growth unrevised at 2.2% in Q4

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Data disappoints expectations of upward revision, shows corporate tax profits fell in the quarter.

US Senate passes budget resolution

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Blueprint outlines balanced federal spending in 10 years, lower spending, Obamacare repeal.

Weekend Economist: Views from the Fed

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A key Federal Open Markets Committee voter outlines a credible case for an aggressive US monetary policy stance.

The Fed and the ECB face off

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The expansionary monetary policies of the ECB and the Bank of Japan will make it more difficult for the Federal Reserve to achieve policy normalisation.

Risks of zero rates significant: Bullard

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Fed policymaker says now 'may be a good time' to begin normalising monetary policy.

US jobless claims fall to 282,000

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Labor Department print comes in better than expected as labour market continues to improve.

Yield investors should heed the bond market's warning

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Both the bond markets and the proverbial 'tea lady' have spoken, the economy could be depressed for a very long time.

US durable goods orders fall in Feb

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Print shows fifth consecutive monthly decline, amid weak global demand.

Fed shouldn't raise rates yet: Evans

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Central bank policy maker says inflation too weak to discuss hikes before mid-year.

A positive inflation sign for the Fed

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The stabilisation of oil prices is good news for US inflation, but the Fed will be keeping an eye on wage growth as it moves towards policy normalisation.

US new home sales surge in February

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Sales of new US homes have climbed to their fastest pace in seven years.

US sees first CPI lift since October

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Labor Department data shows underlying inflation still weak, despite biggest lift in prices since June.

Bullard warns of market disruption

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Federal Reserve policy maker says zero interest rates no longer appropriate for US.

US Fed official sees hikes from mid-year

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US central banker says Fed should raise rates soon to avoid overstimulating economy.

The US dollar – how high is too high?

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While the US dollar isn't particularly high relative to history, we are getting into dangerous territory and the trigger point for US action can't be far away.

Fed's Fischer tips 2015 rate hike

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US central bank on track to raise short-term rates this year, but moves may be uneven.

US home sales rebound slightly in Feb

by AP
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US home sales still remain sluggish due to tight inventories, affordability problems.

The Week Ahead

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Population and wealth figures will dominate an otherwise quiet week for local news, while housing data will hog the limelight in the US.

Lift-off signals turbulence ahead

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The dramatic overreaction to the Fed's policy comments are a reminder that for many borrowers around the globe, the day of reckoning is still to come.

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