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Weekly Economic Perspectives: A Week to Remember

Last Week’s Highlights

  • The Economy 
    Thoughts on US economic impact of lower oil prices. Consumer confidence starts to erode in the US as fiscal package still being worked out. Housing data still decent in Canada. Well-coordinated monetary/fiscal easing in the UK. ECB seeks to incentivize bank lending. Japan’s Q4 GDP revised downward. Australia’s business confidence weakens further.

  • The Market
    A week to remember…and not for good reasons as equities collapse. Bond yields spike…likely driven not by optimism but lack of liquidity. The dollar rebounds with a vengeance...another sign of constrained liquidity? Oil crashes on Saudi shock and gold plunges.