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Free Trade, Good or Bad?
ROBERT A. LEVINE ... / Moderate Voice
With Trump and Sanders arguing against trade pacts, is free trade good or bad for the U.S. The United States in 2015 reached a deal with eleven other Pacific nations for a trade zone called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to lower trade barriers and establish rules and regulations for the ...
Related: Selling the Trans-Atlantic Trade Deal
The Editorial Board / NY Times
Successful negotiations require transparency and the inclusion of a variety of voices.
Related: Only staying in the EU can defeat TTIP | Letters
Letters / Guardian
Leaked documents on the EU-US TTIP trade negotiations (Report, 2 May) prove what the Green party has been arguing for several years: TTIP is less a trade treaty, more a corporate power grab. The US is seeking access to European markets on entirely its own terms. The unprecedented attempt by ...
Related: TTIP has been kicked into the long grass ... for a very long time
Larry Elliott / Guardian
Trade talks are agonisingly slow at the best of times, especially so when they involve harmonising standards on controversial issues As talks to broker a global trade deal entered a second tortuous decade, the US and the European Union came up with an idea. Since it was proving impossible to ...
Related: ANALYSIS. After Years of Negotiations, Is TTIP Dying a Slow Death?
France24. / World Affairs
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China’s Steel Makers Undercut Rivals as Economy Slows
STANLEY REED ... / NY Times
The steel industry is at the heart of a debate about the world economy that could be intensified by a looming change in global trade rules.
Related: Apple's Betting China's Farmers Are No Rubes
Adam Minter / Bloomberg Views
Rural shoppers are on a hunt for quality.
Related: China Warns Economists to Brighten Outlooks
WSJ
Chinese authorities have issued verbal warnings to economists, analysts and business reporters whose gloomy public remarks on the economy are out of step with the government's upbeat statements.
Related: China crackdown opens gap in economic data
FT
Investors can no longer rely on official numbers to understand the world's second-largest economy
 
A Possible Cure for Japan's Low Inflation
Narayana Kocherlakota / Bloomberg Views
To achieve its goals, the central bank may have to aim higher.
Related: Japan finance minister ready to respond to stem yen's rise
Reuters
FRANKFURT, May 3 (Reuters) - Japan is concerned about the and abrupt firming of the Japanese yen and will respond if necessary to stem the currency's rise, Finance Minister Taro Aso...
 
ECB study points to data leaks profiting
FT
Research paper says there is evidence of 'informed trading' ahead of economic releases
Related: Bad news for European banks
FT
The flow of poor data from the continent's biggest lenders is far from over, writes Patrick Jenkins
Related: Eurozone growth contradiction explained
FT
Yawning output gap is one reason why inflation remains so weak
 
Fed Survey: Banks ease Standards on Residential Real Estate, Credit Quality in Oil Regions "deteriorated somewhat"
Bill McBride / Calculated Risk
From the Federal Reserve: The April 2016 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending PracticesRegarding loans to businesses, the April survey results indicated that, on balance, banks tightened their standards on commercial and industrial (C&I) and commercial real estate (CRE) loans over the first quarter of 2016.3 The survey ...
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Related: Fear Of Fed Caution Causes Drop In Value Of US Dollar, Threatening Further Economic Disruptions
Seeking Alpha
 
Brexit 'could boost eurozone GDP'
FT
Financial activity would relocate out of London, says leading economist Lemoine
Expand sublinks   Also:  Guardian | Guardian | Austrailian
Related: Op-Ed Contributor: Make Britain Great Again
TANYA GOLD / NY Times
Some call Boris Johnson Britain's Donald Trump. But I do not think Mr. Trump speaks Latin.
 
IMF: Here's what's supporting global growth
CNBC
Asia's economies may have been dragged by China's slowdown, but they'll still power most of the world's growth, the IMF said.
Expand sublinks   Also:  Business Insider
Related: Guest Contribution: "Where is heading global economic growth?"
Menzie Chinn / Econbrowser
Today, we are pleased to present a guest contribution written by Laurent Ferrara (Banque de France, Head of the International Macro Division) and Clément Marsilli (Banque de France, Economist in the International Macro Division). The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of ...
 
Neoliberalism
Mainly Macro
The term 'neoliberalism' has become so ubiquitous that some might think that it has lost all meaning, beyond a useful catch-all for everything some people on the left dislike about current social and economic trends, or more specifically for those on the left to be rude about those on the ...
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Unemployment: Troubles Ahead for Emerging Markets
Steven Barnett / iMFdirect
By Prakash Loungani and Zidong An Forecasts of real GDP growth attract a lot of media attention. But what matters more to the person on the street is how growth translates into jobs. Unfortunately, the mediocre growth outlook of recent years may lead to a disturbing outlook for jobs, particularly ...
Expand sublinks   Also:  Zero Hedge | Marc to Market
 
Are Central Banks Running the Oil Market or Just the World?
Knave Dave / Zero Hedge
by David Haggith The question begs for conspiracy theories to satisfy it, but one might more aptly say that central banks beg for conspiracy theories to explain them, since they operate in the shadows while being given charge of all the financial systems of all the world's greatest economies. Central ...
Related: Libya's Eastern Government Moves to Block Oil Exports
WSJ
The authorities that control the eastern half of Libya moved Tuesday to block oil exports from areas under their control, escalating a fight over petroleum revenue that threatens a fragile peace agreement.
Related: Oil Price Upheaval Hits Largest U.S. Refiners
WSJ
Big refiners, the last holdouts of the energy bust, finally saw their roll come to a halt in the first quarter as the six largest reported first-quarter earnings that were down by roughly half compared with a year earlier.
Related: US producers fall victim to low oil price
FT
Default rate for US junk-rated energy groups hits record after pair pushed into default
 
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Unemployment: Troubles Ahead for Emerging Markets
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China’s Steel Makers Undercut Rivals as Economy Slows
NY Times
Free Trade, Good or Bad?
Moderate Voice
Are Central Banks Running the Oil Market or Just the World?
Zero Hedge
IMF: Here's what's supporting global growth
CNBC
ECB study points to data leaks profiting
FT
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