by Benn Steil
-- co-authored with Emma Smith
Appeared originally at Foreign Affairs 02 February 2016How 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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-- 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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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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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.
by Greg Guenthner, Daily Reckoning
After coughing up a chunk of their Friday gains early Monday, the major averages broke to the upside after 3 p.m.
The S&P 500 fell just a hair shy of actually posting gains for three days in a row. That would be a first for 2016.
05Feb2016 Market Close: US Markets Closed Down, DOW Off 212 Points, Spooz Off 1.9%, Crude Settles At
05Feb2016 Market Update: Wall Street Falls Sharply After Opening, Tech Stocks In The Red, WTI Remain
05Feb2016 Pre-Market Commentary: Unusual Volatile Pre-Market Trading Sending Futures Sliding, Expect
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.