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Monetary Policy

  1. Trump Won’t Acknowledge the Independence of the FedThe president keeps complaining about the interest rate hikes the Fed is undertaking, and now he’s acting like he may not tolerate them for long.
  2. Tom Cotton Doesn’t Oppose Mass Immigration for Economic ReasonsThe senator says we need to cut immigration to tighten labor markets — but he opposes all other policies that would tighten labor markets.
  3. Federal Reserve Raises Rates, Gives Sunny Economic Forecast for 2018The central bank expects growth to be higher, and unemployment lower, next year than it is already.
  4. Trump Just Handed the Keys to Our Economy to a Sensible Centrist — ProbablyMeet Jerome Powell, the new Federal Reserve chair. His economic views are largely unknown.
  5. Fed Chair Warns Trump Not to Roll Back Wall Street RegulationsJanet Yellen offered a vigorous defense of financial reform on Friday — and may have jeopardized her future at the central bank in the process.
  6. Janet Yellen: We May Need a New Economic Paradigm to Recover From the CrisisThe fed chair suggests a “high-pressure” policy may be required to restore growth. That’s good news for progressives.
  7. Ted Cruz and John Kasich Want Higher Interest Rates. Does Donald Trump?On that least-discussed of critical economic issues, monetary policy, Trump makes news with some mixed signals. His surviving fellow GOP presidential candidates are clearer: Bring on higher interest rates!
  8. Central Banks Go NegativeThere’s a crazy monetary-policy experiment happening in Europe and Asia, and it might not be going well.
  9. Enjoy Your Cheap European Vacation, Courtesy of Ben Bernanke and Janet YellenThe dollar has soared compared to the euro, making it the cheapest it’s been in a decade to visit the Continent.