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Ebola Crisis Should Have Modest Economic Impact on US

FMI’s commentary on the likely economic effects of the Ebola crisis.

Data Round-Up: A Soft September But Trends Remain Healthy

FMI’s analyses of today’s September Retail Sales and August Business Inventories reports as well as a review of September PPI data.

Data Round-Up: Small Businesses Plan Some Pick-Up In Hiring

While small firms remain somewhat pessimistic, the NFIB survey shows that they have begun to increase hiring and that they plan to do more in coming months. Wages are also rising, albeit gradually.

Data Round-Up: Small Businesses Plan Some Pick-Up In Hiring

While small firms remain somewhat pessimistic, the NFIB survey shows that they have begun to increase hiring and that they plan to do more in coming months. Wages are also rising, albeit gradually.

Possible Abe-Xi Meeting at Beijing APEC Summit

The New York Times reported today that, according to Japanese officials, the two countries are working on an agreement for at least a photo op, and perhaps a 15-minute non-substantive meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping during APEC.

Japan Financial Markets Moved by U.S. Events

The ups and downs of Japanese stocks have closely mirrored those in the US since August.

Incipient LDP/SME Revolt Against First Arrow

When some powerful leaders of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) complain that the “First Arrow” of Abenomics (monetary ease and yen deprecation) is causing more harm than good, you know that the credibility of Abenomics has reached a turning point. And when this coincides with an indicator from the Cabinet Office that suggests the risk of an out-and-out recession following the April hike in the consumption tax, then you know that the bloom is really off the rose.

Bad Month for Abenomics

September was not a good month for Abenomics. That meant it was not a good month for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe either. The bump in the polls that Abe received following his Cabinet reshuffle a month ago has already begun to fade. Consider these shocks to the credibility of Abenomics.

Data Round-Up: Dollar Appreciation Having Little to No Effect on Trade Prices

FMI’s analysis of recent US dollar movements and today’s September Import and Export Prices.

Data Round-Up: Initial UI Claims Remain Low, Job Openings Climb

FMI’s review of the latest Weekly Initial UI Claims data and this week’s August Job Openings & Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) results.

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