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Emerging markets crisis and inflation expectations
trueThe woes of emerging economies could temper the Fed’s tapering in coming months by strengthening the dollar, which could push U.S. inflation closer to zero. The J.P. Morgan Trade-Weighted Dollar index has been trending higher since mid-2011. A strong dollar tends to depress inflation.
Senate confirms Yellen as Fed chairwoman
trueJanet Yellen was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve.
Fed doesn't change interest rates, quantitative easing
trueDespite seeing signs of “growing underlying strength” and diminished downside risk in the economy, members of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington on Wednesday decided to make no changes to their $85 billion-per-month bond purchase program, and to keep a low federal funds rate of ...
El-Erian: Major economies, investors must address inflation in 'medium term'
trueThe U.S. inflation rate should be in the 1.5% to 2% range in the next 12 months, compared to the current rate of 1.4%, Mohamed El-Erian, CEO and co-chief investment officer of Pacific Investment Management Co., said on Monday.
Policies turning around Japan from lost decades
truefter two lost decades, the Nik-kei 225 index's surge of more than 50% since November caught the attention of investors.
FOMC members signal possible rate hike
trueMembers of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington signaled a greater willingness to consider raising the federal funds rate, based on their assessment of appropriate rate targets released Wednesday at the end of a two-day meeting.
Connecticut Retirement to search for global inflation-linked bonds managers
trueConnecticut Retirement Plans & Trust Funds, Hartford, will issue an RFP to hire one or more managers of global inflation-linked bonds.
Fed's course could make for an interesting 2013
trueInstitutional fixed-income money managers are concerned the Federal Reserve's monetary policy stimulus moves in 2013 could include harder targets for adjusting the federal funds interest rate that bring with them greater volatility.
Dan Fuss comments on the fiscal cliff, Europe
trueThe economic outlook for 2013 remains clouded by the on-going fiscal cliff talks in Washington and overall government debt levels here and abroad, Loomis Sayles Vice Chairman Dan Fuss, said in a recent P&I interview.
Equity shift to start in 2013, Bank of America Merrill Lynch says
trueNext year will mark the beginning of the “great rotation” to equities from bonds, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch economists and strategists.
College and health-care costs soar despite low headline inflation numbers
trueDespite the enormous amount of liquidity pumped into the global economy over the past few years by numerous central banks, inflation remains remarkably subdued around the world. Maybe governments are tampering with their measures of inflation so it is understated. If so, then it must be a ...
Quantitative easing boosting not only stocks but also inflationary expectations
trueIn addition to driving stock prices higher, the Fed's quantitative easing policies have succeeded in boosting inflationary expectations as measured by the spread between the 10-year Treasury yield and the comparable TIPS yield. Indeed, this spread is highly correlated with both the S&P 500 stock ...
Money managers respond to Bernanke's speech
trueA new large-scale asset-purchase program from the Federal Reserve seems more likely following remarks Friday by Chairman Ben S. Bernanke at an economic symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Russell tempers its view of real GDP growth
trueRussell Investments now expects weaker real GDP growth for 2012 than it forecast in December despite an improving outlook on equity markets.
Callan: Inflation-sensitive assets take hold in target-date funds
trueAbout two-thirds of target-date fund managers surveyed by Callan Associates have modified their funds’ glidepaths in the last year, largely regarding inflation-sensitive assets.