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by Benn Steil

-- co-authored with Emma Smith

Appeared originally at Foreign Affairs 02 February 2016

How the Fed Should Tighten Monetary Policy

On January 27, the U.S. Federal Reserve held interest rates steady and, in a modest nod to a market that has been consistently more fearful about the economy than the Fed itself, dropped a line from its December statement saying that the risks to the outlook were 'balanced.'

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What We Read Today 05 February 2016

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Why Don't We Wipe Mosquitoes Off The Face Of The Earth?

from The Conversation

-- this post authored by Mike Jeffries, Northumbria University, Newcastle

A blood-sucking, disease-spreading, whining creature is always going to be a hard sell, even to nature lovers. And the dreaded mosquito is now the prime suspect behind the sudden arrival and explosive spread of Zika virus in Central and South America. Zika is transmitted by a mosquito vector Aedes aegypti, a pan-global tropical species already well known for spreading diseases such as yellow and dengue fever.

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Infographic Of The Day: Information Security

As businesses large and small become more dependent on electronic data, a major focus has shifted towards information security. Businesses are investing more than ever to protect themselves from dozens of security threats, from malware infections to financial fraud.

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Why We Won't Have A Lehman Moment In The Crash Of 2016

by Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds

What the central banks cannot do is create productive places to invest the credit they've generated in such excess, or force qualified borrowers to swallow more unproductive debt.

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

29 January 2016: ECRI's WLI Growth Index Continues Its Descent

ECRI's WLI Growth Index which forecasts economic growth six months forward - declined marginally and remains in negative territory. This index now spent 27 consecutive weeks in negative territory. ECRI also released their future inflation guage this week.

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