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Jan 29, 2018

Changes at the Fed – Janet Yellen’s Swan Song As Chair – Who’s Watching the Store and the Fed’s Policy?

January 30 and 31 will mark the first meeting of 2018 for the Fed Open Market Committee as well as the last meeting for Janet Yellen as Chair.  As we move into the second full year of Trump’s presidency, the composition of the voting members of Board of Governors will change. » Read More

Mar 03, 2017

Here We Go – Fed Likely to Raise the Discount Rate at Month End

In remarks to The Executives Club in Chicago this morning, Fed Chair Janet Yellen signaled the next interest rate increase.  “At our meeting [of the Open Market Committee] later this month, the committee will evaluate whether employment and inflation are continuing to evolve in line with our expectations, in which case a further adjustment of the federal funds rate would likely be appropriate,” Ms.» Read More

Dec 16, 2015

The Fed Finally Moves – A 0.25% Interest Rate Hike

Fed Chair Janet Yellen announced this afternoon the much anticipated increase in its benchmark interest rate from zero to 0.25%. While many of the US economic sectors have improved, the Fed has been concerned about the low inflation rate. Notwithstanding that concern, the Fed unanimously agreed to the rate hike, noting in its policy statement that “the Committee judges that there has been considerable improvement in labor market conditions this year, and it is reasonably confident that inflation will rise over the medium term to its 2 percent objective.”

The increase in the Fed’s benchmark rate ends its quantitative easing program that has been going on for the better part of a decade.» Read More

Apr 05, 2013

REWIND: International Business News #63

This week in international business, we have an update on relations between Apple and China.  We also cover news on  efforts in Japan to achieve 2% inflation rate, impact of Puerto Rican bonds on the U.S., and revelations on who is taking advantage of offshore tax shelters.» Read More

Mar 30, 2011

What Will Be the Economic Impact of the Earthquake in Japan?

The tragic natural disaster and the resulting atomic reactor breakdown in Japan have caused great human suffering and will also cause enormous economic and legal problems for both the Japanese people and everyone doing business with Japan.

Unofficial estimates of the economic damage in Japan are running at some $350 billion (U.S.).  » Read More