Talking turkey on central bank thinking

With America still off for Thanksgiving, NAB’s Gavi Friend talks turkey on central bank thinking. How much is inflation really pushing for faster tightening – for the Fed, the Riksbank, the ECB and the BoE?

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Is the US getting too hot to handle?

The US is spending more and income is up, with inflation rising, whilst Europe is still held back by COVID concerns. It’s the perfect storm, says NAB’s Tapas Strickland, pushing the US dollar to its highest level in sixteen months. Time for the Fed to move faster?

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Happy tales from Euroland

Better than expected PMIs from Europe, but NABs David de Garis says US bond yields are still up and the market still wants to hold US dollars. The RBNZ meets today – quarter percent or half a percent?

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US dollar rises as Powell stays put

The news that Powell will stay on as head of the Fed pushed bond yields and the US dollar higher, but NAB’s Ray Attrill says the Aussie dollar held its own, helped by yesterday’s border reopening news.

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A speedy US taper and Europe’s lockdown tantrums

Austria is the canary in the coalmine says NAB’s Rodrigo Catril. Markets are concerned about more lockdowns in Europe, whilst in the US some Fed officials are pushing for faster tapering.

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Too much information

Economics works well in principle apart from the bit about us having perfect information on products available. Me and Steve Keen on this week’s Debunking Economics podcast.

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Random Stuff

Is your mobile phone killing you?

Enrico Grani was a little under 40 when he collapsed at home in Adelaide. He assumed he was having a stroke. Two weeks later doctors found a massive tumour in his brain. Enrico is convinced it was caused by mobile phone use.

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Kyle, Trump and other freak shows

On Balls Radio, sadly for Brexit Labour and the Tories can’t even agree to disagree. And, with the Jeremy Kyle show gone, good riddance to bad rubbish.

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Flying by the seat of their pants

Vaccine passports, US-China tensions and the state of the travel industry. I talk to John Strickland in today’s It’s the Business podcast

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