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China, India and Australia should all consider tightening monetary policy, says the IMF. Emerging economies show healthy signs, as US legislators fight to keep the house market moving, against falling prices, credit warnings and reduced mortgage applications Read more
UK labour markets are behaving more like the eurozone average than the US, writes Ralph Atkins in a blog for the Financial Times Read more
Some consensus among the American media that extending the US housing tax credit is a bad idea. And a conflict between those who think banks should be made smaller, and legislators, who are currently pursuing a strategy of better monitoring and increased powers over big banks Read more
Is ultra-loose monetary policy fuelling new asset price bubbles? The Fed view is that there is little evidence of this in the US. But it is keeping an eye out all the same.
US house prices may have bottomed but they have not bounced. The equity risk premium on stocks remains high by historic standards. Commodity price strength can be explained by vigour in emerging economies. Read more
Have we just seen the turning point in equity markets? A slew of bearish data from the US includes renewed predictions of falling property prices, and the UK should ensure credit is available to non-financial institutions too, if it wants to avoid the fate of mid 1990s Japan Read more
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