Price inflation approaching

There is some evidence in the UK of a pick-up in consumer spending. There are two likely factors behind this, the first perhaps being seasonal, aided by the fine weather. The second is less obvious, but combines with the first to encourage purchases of big ticket items; and this is cheap consumer finance coupled with growing expectations of higher interest rates in the future.

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If the Fed is going to begin taking away the punchbowl why is the dollar tanking?

For a number of weeks the Fed has been talking about “tapering” its asset purchases, and from the recent spike in US government bond yields and the decline in US equities it seems as though investors them at their word. This does however raise an interesting question: If the Fed really is going to begin taking away the punchbowl why is the dollar tanking?

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Why talk of Fed “tapering” is just talk

Investors expect the Fed to begin reducing QE as early as this summer. However, whether or not the Fed follows through on “tapering” largely depends on whether the US economy can stand on its own two feet without support from the central bank? Our view is that it cannot and this article examines why that’s the case and why talk of “tapering” is just talk.

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The Number That Matters

Friday was one of those days when so many markets move so dramatically that it’s hard to know what to focus on. But in this case the headline numbers – US stocks way up, gold way down, foreign markets all over the place — matter less than the interest rate on 10-year Treasuries, which spiked.

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Market Wrap: 7 June 2013 – US equities remain in uptrend, palladium decouples from other precious metals & the Aussie dollar drops sharply

This regular column reviews the condition of several different markets including: stocks, commodities, currencies and precious metals. This week focuses on the Wilshire 5000, West Texas Intermediate crude oil, palladium, and the Australian dollar.

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