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Yellen Refines Exit Strategy, ‘Go’ Date Still Data Dependent

Yellen Refines Exit Strategy, ‘Go’ Date Still Data Dependent

Data Round-Up: Claims, Regional Surveys Point to Further Economic Improvement

FMI’s reviews of today’s September Philadelphia Fed Regional Manufacturing survey, the latest Weekly UI Claims & Rail Traffic data and August Housing Starts results.

The Cost of Farm Protectionism - Part 2

Richard Katz continues to detail the costs to the Japanese economy of the continued protection of inefficient farm sectors, not only the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks but via all sorts of domestic measures.

Aren't We Friends Anymore? - Part 1

Congressional Republicans taking tougher line on Japan vis-à-vis trade/TPP than does Obama.

Aren't We Friends Anymore? - Part 2

In the next installments of this series, Richard Katz will lay out a scenario of what would be required to get TPP through Congress and a discussion of whether those conditions are being met.

Aren't We Friends Anymore? - Part 3

In thinking through a path by which the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could be ratified by Congress, here is the only scenario we—or others we have consulted—can come up with.

Aren't We Friends Anymore - Part 4

Republicans say Obama has failed to show leadership in conducting private negotiations and lobbying with Republicans and Democrats on the content of TPA, thereby making it harder to get a TPA done in time.

GOP Gets Tough on TPP

Many in Japan were shocked when Republicans on Capitol Hill began castigating President Barack Obama for being too soft on Japan regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations.

Currencies and Japanese Vs. Korean Exports

One of the big surprises to most economists was how little Japan’s exports have responded to the 22% depreciation of the yen since autumn 2012.

2nd Quarter GDP, Consumption Worse than 1997

The fallbacks in consumption and GDP were both markedly worse this April-June than after the analogous tax hike in 1997.

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