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Residual Seasonality And Monetary Policy

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from the San Francisco Fed

-- this post authored by Glenn D. Rudebusch, Daniel J. Wilson, and Benjamin Pyle

Much recent discussion has suggested that the official real GDP data are inadequately adjusted for recurring seasonal fluctuations. A similar pattern of insufficient seasonal adjustment also affects the published data for a key measure of price inflation. Still, such residual seasonality in the published output and inflation statistics is unlikely to mislead Federal Reserve policymakers or adversely affect the setting of monetary policy.

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What We Read Today 29 August 2015

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Inflation Expectations Surveys Often Miss The Mark

from the Dallas Fed

-- this post authored by Antonella Tutino

Central bankers, concerned with where inflation is headed, always search for indicators that will aid their real-time decisions. Forecasts based on the forces shaping price pressures at different periods should theoretically provide useful insight.

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Infographic Of The Day: Which Fitness Tracker Is Right For You?

Wearable technology is the future, with more and more of us choosing smart watches and fitness bands to track exercise, sleep patterns and every step we take.

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Video of the Day:

Drone flies over abandoned Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was seriously damaged in 2011 by tsunami that caused equipment failures and radioactive leaks


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The Federal Reserve Needs To Raise Rates So That It Can Cut Rates!

by Michael Haltman

Confused? The Fed raising interest rates in order to be able to cut them at some point in the future is the rationale I am hearing on the business news!

The reason is that if (when) the United States economy heads into another recession, the Fed will have ammunition available to be able to take proactive steps to address the problem (beyond QE4 of course)!

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 USA economy at a glance (boxed items are updates in last 7 days)

Leading Index Review: June 2015 Philly Fed Leading Index Showing Stable Rate of Economic Growth

Written by Steven Hansen

This leading index continues to be recalculated (what good is a leading index which continues to be recalculated?) - and continues to forecast stable but relatively weak growth for the remainder of the year. A review of all major leading indicators follows - and no leading index is particularily strong.

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