Key data releases this week include: existing home sales (Wed), FOMC minutes (Wed), new home sales (Fri), and consumer sentiment (Fri).
The Wall Street Journal
February 14, 2017
Bloomberg
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
February 14, 2017
CNBC
February 14, 2017
The Washington Post
Interest-rate hikes are essential to keeping the US economy healthy and on track, regardless of what taxation and spending policies are enacted by the Trump administration, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told senators. It is the economy's "solid progress" that is "driving our policy decisions," she said.
Haver
February 14, 2017
The National Federation of Independent Business reported that its Small Business Optimism Index ticked 0.1% higher during January (12.8% y/y) to 105.9 following a 7.5% December surge. It was the strongest level of optimism since December 2004.
Haver
February 15, 2017
Total retail sales and spending at restaurants increased 0.4% (4.9% y/y) in January following a 1.0% December rise, which was revised from 0.6%. A more modest 0.1% increase had been expected in the Action Economics Forecast Survey.
Haver
February 15, 2017
The Consumer Price Index jumped 0.6% during January following a 0.3% December gain. It was the strongest rise since February 2013 and lifted y/y growth to 2.5%. Expectations had been for a 0.3% gain in the Action Economic Forecast Survey. Prices excluding food & energy rose 0.3% following two months of 0.2% gain. It was the firmest rise since March 2006. A 0.2% increase had been expected.
The Guardian
February 20, 2017
U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press
Monday, February 20, 2017
February 20, 2017
Politico Pro
Greece agreed to negotiate over EU lenders' demands that the country adopt legislation committing to generating large budget surpluses after its financial rescue officially ends. That concession cleared the way for an EU mission to travel to Athens to discuss the matter further, bringing the EU and Greece closer to breaking their deadlock over the next phase of the bailout.
BBC
February 17, 2017
Financial Times
Friday, February 17, 2017
February 16, 2017
The Guardian
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has kicked off an effort to stop Brexit, arguing the British people were misinformed about the consequences of leaving the EU. Voters have the "right to change their mind" as the true terms of Brexit become clear, he says.
Barron’s
February 20, 2017
This bull market will mark its eighth birthday next month (126 years in human longevity). That makes this bull the second longest in history, trailing only the near-decade run from October 1990 to the top of the tech bubble in March 2000.
CNNMoney
February 16, 2017
Household debt at the end of 2016 hit $12.58 trillion, just short of the record $12.68 trillion in 2008, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The total rose $460 billion last year, the biggest one-year increase in nearly a decade.
The Wall Street Journal
February 20, 2017
President Donald Trump can shape the future of the Federal Reserve by filling at least three vacancies at the central bank. His team has begun to interview candidates for vice chairman for supervision and a community-banking representative, favoring those with industry experience over academics.

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