Wednesday Recap: Going Steady

The Fed left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday, and chairman Powell reinstated his belief that the labour market can improve further despite unemployment being at a half-century low. “Even though we’re at 3.5% unemployment, there’s actually more slack out there,” Powell said. “And the risks of using an accommodative monetary policy’’ to boost the labour market are “relatively low.’’

Monday Recap: The Tariff Man Returns

Return of the Tariff Man Thanksgiving is over, and tariff man strikes again! This time: the victim is France. The US proposed tariffs on some $2.4 billion in French products, a response to a tax on digital revenues in France that hits large American tech companies including Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook.