Entries Categorized as 'US Economy'

Could America Really Lose Its Triple A Rating?

Date May 13, 2009

In today’s Financial Times, there is an op-ed article by David Walker, the CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation pondering the possibility of the U.S. losing its prized AAA credit rating. The paper focuses on a warning that was issued by rating agency Moody’s months ago. Moody’s has not issued a new warning, [...]

January Fed Meeting (FOMC) Preview: What to Expect for the USD

Date January 27, 2009

For the first time since August 2007, the Federal Reserve is not expected to change interest rates. With the fed funds rate now set to a target range of 0 to 0.25 percent, the Federal Reserve has maxed out on their most conventional monetary policy tool. Although they still have different ways of adding [...]

Why December Non-Farm Payrolls Could Rebound

Date January 8, 2009

The US dollar is selling off aggressively ahead of Friday’s non-farm payrolls report on the fear that for the second month in a row, job losses may have topped 500k. The recent moves in the currency and equity markets suggest that everyone expects a very weak labor market report. Although the consensus forecast [...]

Dollar Unfazed By Mixed Economic Data

Date December 23, 2008

The US dollar appears to be unfazed by this morning’s mixed economic data. An improvement in consumer confidence has failed to help the dollar while the weaker news has pretty much been baked into the markets.
Christmas and New Years week is a time when traders are more focused on seeing family than making [...]

Fed Cuts Interest Rates to 0.25% and Formally Enters QE

Date December 16, 2008

The Federal Reserve cut interest rates by 75bp to a range of 0 to 0.25 percent, the lowest level that this generation has ever seen.
In our FOMC preview, we talked about how the Fed may consider adopting a BoJ style rate cut that takes interest rates somewhere between 0.25 and 0 percent. [...]