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27 July 2016 FOMC Meeting Statement: Federal Funds Rate Was Not Changed.

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Econintersect: The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) - the board of directors of the Federal Reserve again did NOT adjust the federal funds rate. There was dissent as one member believed the federal funds rate should have been increased. There was little in their outlook which would have prevented a rate increase as:

.... near-term risks to the economic outlook have diminished. ...

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What We Read Today 26 July 2016

Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary 'reading list' which will include very brief summaries (and sometimes longer ones) of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for 'reading list' items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number included.

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What It's Like To Narrowly Avert Disaster In An $18M Simulator

Pilots spend hours in multi-million dollar simulators, preparing for the worst cast scenario. In this episode Flight Mode, WIRED's Jack Stewart gets a taste of what pilots go through.

Infographic Of The Day: Health Benefits Of Sewing

Clinical studies are now revealing that sewing, along with other crafting type hobbies are actually good for us.

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Pilots spend hours in multi-million dollar simulators, preparing for the worst cast scenario. In this episode Flight Mode, WIRED's Jack Stewart gets a taste of what pilots go through.


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27Jul2016 Pre-Market Commentary: Apple Up 7%, Wall Street Expected To Open In The Green, Durable Goods Plunge 4%, Key Corporate Earnings On Tap



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The Worst US Foreign Policy Blunder - Vietnam Or Iraq?

by Elliott Morss, Morss Global Finance

Introduction

Inasmuch as the US is the world's leading power, any major foreign policy mistakes it makes are felt globally. The US and Russia wisely did not go to war back in 1962 over Russian missiles in Cuba. Great choice! But Iraq and Vietnam were clearly huge foreign policy mistakes. Which was worse? This question is examined below.

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

June 2016 Pending Home Sales Index Insignificantly Changes

Written by Steven Hansen

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) seasonally adjusted pending home sales index marginally increased. Our analysis of pending home sales is more negative than the NAR's, and we are forecasting relatively poor July home sales. The quote of the day from this NAR release:

... housing inventory at the end of last month was down almost 6 percent from a year ago, and home prices are showing little evidence of slowing to a healthier pace that more closely mirrors wage and income growth ...

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