The Fed’s Options

RGE’s Kevin Harris has a nice preview of the July FOMC meeting: in brief, FOMC members are locked and loaded, ready for a September hike, though they will refrain from committing to a move and do their best not to cause an overreaction across the yield curve, where too few hikes are priced in relative to the […]

Fed’s Tapering Decision Bears Out RGE’s Out-of-Consensus Call

NEW YORK—18 September 2013—Roubini Global Economics (RGE), an independent, global macroeconomics and strategy research firm, highlights its out-of-consensus call that the U.S. Federal Reserve would not “taper” the pace of quantitative easing at its September policy meeting, an assessment confirmed by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) in a statement today. RGE first expressed this […]

Krugman vs. Druckenmiller: A Blow by Blow Analysis

Paul Krugman (PK) recently accused Stan Druckenmiller (SD) of insensitivity to the working class because of the hedge fund superhero’s worries (as reported by Business Insider, from an interview with Bloomberg) that QE and an explicit policy of holding rates down for very long might [lead to bubbles]. Of course SD is NOT against recovery, per […]

Do New Laws and Budgets Automatically Supercede Old Laws and Debt Ceilings? A Legal Q&A

RGE Senior Manager of Research David Nowakowski sits down to discuss how new legislation is reconciled with older laws with attorney David Mollow, presenting implications for the debt ceiling, government borrowing and trade law. Nowakowski: If a law is passed that contradicts existing law, but does not directly make a reference to the current law being […]

QE3 Will Work if it Shifts Expectations That the Fed Will Tolerate More Inflation

Beyond the straightforward mechanics of QE3 (i.e., the Treasury and MBS purchases), the Fed’s impact on expectations is key. The guidance indicated that support would remain in place until the economy is well in their clear. By aggressively pushing on bond yields, and more importantly, promising to maintain that effort, Bernanke and Co. definitely had […]

For LatAm, QE3 Impact on Financial Risk Is Key

The Fed’s QE3 will have varying effects by country in LatAm; however, there are a few broad strokes that color the region. QE3 comes at a moment when growth is weak across the board and policy action is widely needed. What QE3 signifies for LatAm, in this context, is not only related to the added […]

QE3: Buoying the GCC

The Economonitor’s QE3 week is perfect timing as we’ve been thinking a lot about the effects of the latest bouts of global monetary stimulus on the Middle East and North Africa – as summarized in part of our omnibus MENA quarterly presentation. We argue there that even though EMs and to a lesser extent frontier […]

The Romney Recovery of 2003-06

One of the most popular complaints of Barack Obama’s stewardship of the economy centers on the argument that bad government policies are responsible for the weak recovery we’ve had since the financial crisis. Many Romney supporters—including John Taylor, who is also one of Romney’s economic advisers—have pointed out that previous episodes of large contractions in […]

How Much Did Barclays Make From Manipulating Libor?

No doubt at some point a full calculation will be forthcoming. It is important to remember that many banks are involved in the scandal, and that for every long derivative there’s a short, so there were winners and losers and the sums are all mixed up. It may well be that just as Bank X’s […]

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