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FTG Blog - Investors Scramble to Keep Pace With New Market Outlook

Investors Scramble to Keep Pace With New Market Outlook

For investors scrambling to keep pace with a hawkish shift in the world’s biggest central banks, the second half of 2017 just got a lot more interesting. Two weeks of rhetoric from policy makers in Europe and North America has rewritten the outlook for markets, with the Bank of England and the Bank of Canada now seen as more likely than not to join the Federal Reserve in raising rates before the year is out, based on overnight index swap rates. Even the possibility of a European Central Bank hike, once seen as all but impossible, is slowly growing. Read more

FTG Blog - 5 Things to Watch in the February Jobs Report

5 Things to Watch in the February Jobs Report

The Labour Department on Friday releases its February jobs report—the last major economic data before next week’s Federal Reserve policy meeting, which could see officials, raise short-term interest rates for just the third time since the financial crisis. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expect the report will show nonfarm payrolls rose a seasonally adjusted 197,000 in February and the unemployment rate ticked down to 4.7%.

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