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Econoday’s economists look at the week’s important economic events.

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Econoday’s economists look at the week’s important economic events.

    UP 207: US, European Activity Levels Still At Virus Lows

    UP 207: US, European Activity Levels Still At Virus Lows

    Flash PMIs for June are pointing not to increasing rates of growth but to stabilization near the deep lows when the virus first hit. Economic risks posed by rising infections in the US and clusters of infections in Europe are also discussed as are yield curve controls, Italian bonds, as well as social distancing rules for UK pubs.

    UP 206: US Consumer on Comeback, But Will Europe Follow?

    UP 206: US Consumer on Comeback, But Will Europe Follow?

    Government stimulus together with pent-up demand drove US retail sales sharply higher in May, raising the question whether consumer spending in Europe may also rebound. Other topics include quantitative easing at the Bank of England, foreign exchange intervention at the Swiss National Bank, and Europe's stake in ongoing Brexit negotiations.

    UP 205: Indications of a V-Recovery Are Hard to Find

    UP 205: Indications of a V-Recovery Are Hard to Find

    Outside of May's wildly strong US employment report, there is very little if any evidence of economic strength, whether in the US or Europe. Jeremy Hawkins and Mark Pender also discuss the outlook for Wednesday's Federal Reserve announcement and revisit last week's European Central Bank meeting that produced a burst of new QE.

    UP 204: Troubles in Hong Kong and the US; ECB Adds Major Stimulus

    UP 204: Troubles in Hong Kong and the US; ECB Adds Major Stimulus

    Hong Kong, hit previously by US-China trade disputes then civil unrest then Covid-19, is now being hit by China's security move which is raising questions over the city's status as a global financial center. Our panel also discusses social strife and unemployment in the US, the European Central Bank's dynamic but also careful move to increase QE, and the latest on Brexit and whether a no-deal trade deal is a risk.

    UP 203: Virus Effects on Government Policy

    UP 203: Virus Effects on Government Policy

    Now is the testing time for cultural traditions in the US labor market and political unity in Europe. Jeremy Hawkins and Mark Pender detail the latest in fiscal policy and also monetary policy including the pros and cons of negative interest rates.

    UP 202: Deflationary Forces Underway; Virus Blame Game Threatens Trade

    UP 202: Deflationary Forces Underway; Virus Blame Game Threatens Trade

    Prices for food may be going up but prices for just about everything else are going down. Policy implications of lower prices are discussed as well as what the coronavirus may mean for future production and also the risk that the US-China blame game poses to future trade.

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