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Know Thy Nominee - July 8, 2019

Judy Shelton and Christopher Waller’s nomination to the Federal Reserve board leads us to dig into their pasts for clues to their policy views. Christine Lagarde is also a newly minted nominee, up for the presidency of the ECB, and though she is not an economist, has spent some time in the monetary policy trenches.

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Trade Ripples - May 21, 2019

Recent developments in the trade war between the United States and China could have serious implications for some big name companies. Chas W. Freeman, Jr.’s recent speech regarding Sino-American relations provides broader context. Also, we have BONUS content in this Thoughts from the Divide!

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The Fed and Evolving QT - April 30, 2019

Following Ex-Fed Kocherlakota's call for a rate cut, WSJ's Nick Timiraos details the economic conditions that would lead current FOMC members to consider cuts. Meanwhile, yet another recent Fed paper on reserves, this time in the context of a potential repo facility, indicates that, when it comes to the level of "ample reserves", they are just "guesstimating".

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Fed Themes and The Consumer - October 30, 2018

Recent Federal Reserve surveys show the economy is still expanding, albeit at a slower rate, with tariffs, labor, the supply chain, and housing discussed as problems. Consumer Confidence was, however, undaunted. President Trump tweeted about the record numbers, which were partly due to strong employment growth and strong Expectation Index.

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Independent Fed and Housing Optimism - October 16, 2018

As President Trump and Fed members exchange words following the recent market wobbles, we discuss 2005 research from the St. Louis Fed analyzing the Great Inflation, analyzing the human and political elements that complicated and informed the decision making. Housing remains in focus as builders continue to be optimistic, despite continued tightness in the labor market.

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