by Guillaume Vandenbroucke - The Regional Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
The United States has 115 million households, the makeup of which varies across the board. Some people live alone. In other households, many people reside - the average is 2.6. Some occupants are married. Some are cohabiting. Some have never married. Should the composition of U.S. households and the living arrangements of people in them matter to economists and policymakers? Yes. Think of unemployment and income inequality, for example. No question, these are issues of interest to policymakers. The decision to look for a job, as well as some measures of income inequality, are closely connected with the living arrangements people choose, as I will show in this article with a few statistics.
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by Douglas A. King - Retail Risk Forum, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
My older child often asks if he can play at his friend"s Mac"s house. If his homework is completed, my wife and I will give him the green light, as we are comfortable with where he is heading. This level of comfort comes from our due diligence of getting to know Mac"s parents and even the different sitters who watch the children when Mac"s parents might be working late.
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FOREX NEWS by DailyForex
Ask any consumer if they are worried about falling prices and they will give you a bemused smile and say “no”. In the experience of most of us, falling prices are only ever a transient effect, a pleasant and fleeting surprise.
Today’s March consumer price index is more important than usual since it is one piece of data that traders say could change their assumptions on Fed policy.
Over the past 18 months, the Australian Dollar has been under significant pressure, at one point striking a 6-year trough as growth prospects diminished.
Even the Greek government accepts that without help from its Eurozone partners, it will be unable to meet all of its obligations.
European Central Bank (ECB) chief Mario Draghi dismissed fears of a Greek default at his regular press conference in Frankfurt on Wednesday, after the central bank announced that it was keeping interest rates steady.
by Benjamin Leruth, The Conversation
To the surprise of no-one, UKIP"s leader identified the European Union as his party"s top priority at the launch of its 2015 election manifesto.
by Jeff Miller, A Dash of Insight
It is a very light week for economic data, but a full one for earnings reports. I expect a divided media focus, but special attention to geopolitical issues. With the backdrop of Friday"s market decline many will be asking:
Do geopolitical issues threaten US Stocks?
17Apr2015 Market Update: Averages Open Lower And Continue To Trend Downward After U. Of Michigan Rep
17Apr2015 Pre-Market Commentary: U.S. Market Futures Dow Half Percent, Averages Expected To Open Low
The above graph shows the index value for the US Coincident Index including February 2015 data (released Friday). A comparison of US Coincident Index, Aruoba-Diebold-Scotti business conditions index, Conference Board"s Coincident Index, ECRI"s USCI (U.S. Coincident Index), and Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) coincident indicators follows. In general, most coincident indices (except for this Philly Fed Coincident Index) are showing slower growth.