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Daily Commentary: USD/CAD Continues Higher, Gold Tumbles

Much of the demand was apparently due to such position-squaring rather than fresh risk-taking. Fed funds rate expectations were largely unchanged and bond yields declined a modest 2 bps, so it was not due to any large change in understanding of the Fed’s … 12 more words

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Over-60s could pay same tax rate on superannuation as younger people

OLDER Australians could soon pay the same tax rate on their superannuation earnings as people … the retirement phase where no tax is paid on earnings in superannuation funds,” the document says. 20 more words

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Why are Interest Rates So Low? Ben Bernanke, Confused as Ever, Starts His Own Blog to Prove It

In mid-2004, the CPI was 3.27%, the HPI-CPI was 5.93% and the Fed Funds Rate was a mere 1%. By my preferred measure of price inflation, real interest rates were -4.93%. 25 more words

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The Fed Needs to Step Up Its Pace of Rate Increases

But its projected path for increasing the short-term federal-funds rate over the next few years is dangerously slow. Most members of the Federal Open Market Committee want the real interest rate to be negative at the end of 2015 and approximately zero at … 12 more words

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Inside the Fed’s Thinking

“To support continued progress toward maximum employment and price stability, the Committee today reaffirmed its view that the current 0 to 1/4 percent target range for the federal funds rate remains appropriate. 19 more words

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Yellen’s new argument on rates leaves inventor scratching his head

But , in a speech last Friday, Yellen said that “under assumptions that I consider more realistic under present circumstances, the same rules call for the federal funds rate to be close to zero.” By coincidence, Bernanke used his new blog post to argue … 12 more words

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Bond Investors: Here’s How to Profit From Rising Interest Rates

While rates have drifted back down since the February jobs report was released, and even as the Fed has since downgraded its views on the economy and lowered its forecast for the federal funds rate at the end of 2015, continued strength in the labor market … 12 more words

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