Bloomberg
April 6, 2016
MarketWatch
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Minutes from the Federal Reserve's March meeting suggest the central bank is unlikely to raise interest rates this month. "Several expressed the view that a cautious approach to raising rates would be prudent or noted their concern that raising the target range as soon as April would signal a sense of urgency they did not think appropriate," the minutes say. However, the debate suggests policymakers might be ready for an increase in June.
Haver
April 5, 2016
The Composite Index of Nonmanufacturing Sector Business from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) increased to 54.5 during March versus an unrevised 53.4 in February. It was the highest reading in three months. Consensus expectations had been for 54.1 in the Action Economics Forecast Survey.
Haver
April 7, 2016
Initial unemployment insurance claims fell to 267,000 during the week ended April 2 from an unrevised 276,000 in the prior week. For the past year, claims have been near the lowest level since 1973. Expectations were for 270,000 claims in the Action Economics Forecast Survey. The four-week moving average of claims increased to 266,750.
Kathimerini
April 5, 2016
Deutsche Welle/Deutsche Presse-Agentur/Reuters
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she wants the International Monetary Fund to remain part of the eurozone's bailout of Greece, but she ruled out a haircut for the country's debt. The IMF has been pressing for a cut in the nation's debt. Merkel said a haircut "is legally not possible in the eurozone."
South China Morning Post
April 6, 2016
China's policies aimed at injecting life into the property market are starting to work. Some property developers reported their sales more than doubled in the first quarter. The trend is showing up in first- and second-tier cities.
China Daily/Xinhuanet
April 7, 2016
MarketWatch
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
China has the resources to avoid a slowdown to near-zero growth over the next two years, Fitch Ratings says, giving Chinese debt an A+ rating. Fitch, however, warned that a high level of debt leveraged against slowing GDP growth could undermine banks' asset quality.
China Daily/Xinhuanet
April 8, 2016
Market News International
Thursday, April 7, 2016
For the first time in five months, China's foreign exchange reserves rose in March, according to the central bank. The $10.26 billion gain suggests that the People's Bank of China is starting to have some success in slowing the outflow of capital. The recovery in the forex reserves takes pressure off the PBOC to ease its bank deposit reserve ratio as a way of boosting banks' liquidity.
Barron’s
April 11, 2016
It’s time to get bullish on oil. The low in prices is probably already over. Some worry that prices could begin to fall again, if heavy crude production continues in the U.S., Canada, and Kurdish-controlled Iraq and a weak world economy reduces demand. It’s far more likely that crude supplies will tighten, driving prices higher.
Reuters
April 10, 2016
Bloomberg
Sunday, April 10, 2016
The International Monetary Fund said negative interest-rate policies can be effective in stimulating economies and supporting price stability. However, opposition to such policies remains. German politicians are increasingly outspoken against the European Central Bank's negative-rate policies, and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink noted concerns about them in his annual letter to investors.
Bloomberg
April 11, 2016
Pacific Investment Management Co.’s Rob Arnott published a report in February saying returns on a lot of the strategies were mostly due to their popularity, and smart beta buyers were chasing gains that were likely to evaporate.

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