Monthly Archives: January 2010

“No rate hikes likely in 2010…”

Despite the somewhat startling conclusion (at least to me), the implications are pretty straightforwardly arrive at. From Michael Rosenberg, Financial Conditions Watch (Bloomberg, Jan. 27, 2010) (link added 1/29 8am) [not online]:

Fed Funds Rate Outlook — A Taylor Rule Perspective

With U.S. real GDP growth moving back into positive
territory in the second half of 2009 following four consecutive
quarters of negative growth (see Figure 1), the
economic forecasting community appears to be increasingly
optimistic about the U.S. economy’s growth prospects
for 2010-11….

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Chinese Trade Elasticities, Updated

The price and income elasticities of Chinese trade flows are key parameters in the debate regarding the importance of Renminbi revaluation in achieving rebalancing. [0][1] I was hoping to update my estimates to incorporate data spanning the recent crisis, but Shaghil Ahmed at the Fed beat me to the punch with a new working paper that includes data spanning the recent downturn in Chinese trade flows. From Are Chinese Exports Sensitive to Changes in the Exchange Rate?

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Why Bernanke should be reconfirmed

Econbrowser readers are well aware that there are a number of issues on which I have concerns about some of the decisions the Fed has made, such as
dropping the ball on regulation ([1],
keeping interest rates too low for too long over 2003-2005 ([1],
taking some real risks with the Fed’s new balance sheet ([1],

), and
pretending the Fed had nothing to do with the commodity price boom of 2008 ([1],
[2]). Notwithstanding, there is no question in my mind that Bernanke should be reconfirmed as Chair of the Federal Reserve Board. Here’s why.

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