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US Fed Chair Janet Yellen is worried about the slowdown in job creation. Charles Mostoller/Reuters

Vital Signs: central bankers longing for growth that may not come

Vital Signs is a weekly economic wrap from UNSW economics professor and Harvard PhD Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualise weekly economic events and cut through the noise of the…
Confidence numbers reflect many are waiting to see if it’s safe to invest. Image sourced from

Vital Signs: economy in a holding pattern

The economic news of the week wasn't that bad - but there's still plenty of timid types around.
Iraqi troops training with the US Army June 2015. US Army/Reuters

The politics of paralysis: What the Fed and Iraq have in common

On the face of it, Iraq and the US Federal Reserve share little. One is a country plagued by division, war and mayhem since the US invasion of 2003. It is a brutal world where there are no friends, few…
Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve board. EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo

How to interpret the Fed as it ends QE and morphs into a hawk

The US Federal Reserve this week has moved one step closer to lifting interest rates by ending its controversial bond-buying program. This begins a long-anticipated process that will take many months to…
Janet Yellen will make waves next year. International Monetary Fund

What will happen when the US Fed starts hiking rates?

As the US economy emerges from recession, the prospect of the US Federal Reserve raising interest rates grabs the attention of the financial markets more and more. US rates have been close to zero for…
Last year’s G-20 knees up. This year expect the taper, the IMF and corporate tax evasion to be the main themes. Flickr

We are all spillovers now: G20 finance meeting explained

Finance ministers and central bank governors from the Group of 20 major economies will meet in Sydney this week. A lot of troubled financial waters have flowed under the bridge since this group last met…
Incoming US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen must choose whether to further taper the quantitative easing program. EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo

Markets watch as Bernanke hands over to Yellen

Ben Bernanke prepares to vacate his seat as Chairman of the US Federal Reserve on Friday, making way for for Janet Yellen, just as the developed economies finally seem to be coming right. Yellen’s impact…
Janet Yellen supports programs to create job growth, a move which means keeping the Fed’s easy money policy in place. EPA/Franck Robichon

Yellen to keep status quo as US Fed struggles with slow recovery

If endorsed by the US Senate, Janet Yellen is set to become the first woman to head the US Federal Reserve, the most powerful central bank in the world. She’ll replace the current chairman Ben Bernanke…

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