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Reuters (March 23)

2020/ 03/ 24 by jd in Global News

“China is consciously uncoupling from Western peers on rates. Its central bank has held lending benchmarks steady as global peers slash…. The People’s Bank of China’s relative immobility has surprised many economists…. The spread between 10-year Chinese government bonds and U.S. Treasuries is nearly two percentage points, its widest since 2015.”


Chicago Tribune (September 7)

2017/ 09/ 09 by jd in Global News

“Homeowners located in areas that are expected to flood every 100 years are required to buy flood insurance…. But they pay rates far lower than the risks warrant. That gap deprives builders of incentives to stay out of low-lying areas that are vulnerable to flooding — or to elevate structures to keep them dry when the waters rise. It also promotes the destruction of wetlands that could reduce flooding. Oh, and it helps to tilt migration toward vulnerable coastal regions like those of Texas and Florida.”


Institutional Investor (October 21)

2016/ 10/ 23 by jd in Global News

“Negative interest rates are nothing new in Europe, where some central banks have effectively been charging depositors since 2014. But if rates stay below zero much longer, the region’s banks and institutional investors may have to rethink their portfolios to keep afloat.”


Reuters (September 13)

2016/ 09/ 15 by jd in Global News

With cargo trapped and delayed, the Hanjin bankruptcy is creating giant supply chain ripple effects. “Consumers should start preparing to pay more for holiday cheer this year. Experts predict that Hanjin ships won’t emerge from receivership until after the holiday season.” Temporarily, at least, that’s good for other shipping companies. “Space is suddenly at a premium…Rates could spike 50 percent as soon as October.”


Institutional Investor (April 23)

2016/ 04/ 25 by jd in Global News

“Rate announcements by the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan will loom large this coming week as investors consider the alternate reality of negative interest rates. Meanwhile, key economic indicators for onetime BRIC stars Russia and Brazil will arrive as each suffers from the weight of low oil prices and Brazil deals with domestic political intrigue surrounding the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.”


Financial Times (April 12)

2016/ 04/ 13 by jd in Global News

“There are clear practical limits to cutting rates indefinitely; and in the eurozone at least, the policy may be close to its political limits. The question now is what should take its place…. Opponents of negative rates need to spell out the alternatives.”


Wall Street Journal (January 21)

2016/ 01/ 23 by jd in Global News

“Amid China’s economic tremors, political uncertainty in the U.S. and policy sclerosis in Europe, ECB President Mario Draghi is the only policy maker in town who seems determined to keep the party going.” While the European Central Bank (ECB) left rates and its quantitative easing program unchanged, Draghi the “lonely agent of good cheer” suggested the ECB would review its policy, possibly easing the spigot as early as March.


Institutional Investor (June 20)

2015/ 06/ 22 by jd in Global News

The Fed and many others are underestimating “the true strength of the economy and the underlying structural evolution that is at play as a result of technological change…. As inflation firms in the months ahead, it will become abundantly clear that the Fed has had a window of opportunity to move on rates.”