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Sunnier Consumer Outlook May Bolster U.S. Housing in 2015

March 10, 2015

For several years now, reports of a snapback in U.S. housing markets have regularly withered on the vine. The calls were particularly voluble — and premature — following the surprisingly robust home price gains in 2012 and 2013. Hopes ran high at the start of 2014, but in the end, last year saw fewer total sales of previously

Brief Bites Weekly Video

March 6, 2015

Editor Taylor Riggs highlights the top stories from the Bloomberg Briefs.

U.S. Services Inflation May Give Fed Green Light

March 3, 2015

Currency-and commodity-induced winds are fueling deflation all around the globe. However, prices for U.S. services are rising at a steady clip and may give the Fed a green light to restore its benchmark target rate to “normal.” Goods inflation contracted significantly in January, which matters little for a nation that is fueled by

Asia Leads the Pack in Expected GDP Growth in 2015

February 26, 2015

Emerging markets in Asia and Africa still reign supreme: They’re at the top of global growth projections over the next two years. The world is expected to grow 3.2 percent in 2015 and 3.7 percent next year after expanding 3.3 percent in each of the past two years, according to a Bloomberg survey

U.S. Millennials: You Say Entitled, I Say Underpaid

February 24, 2015

Younger workers have seen dips in median income every year since 2008, with the exception of a small bump in 2010, according to the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. A depressed starting salary could mean less income for decades, research by Yale economist Lisa Khan shows. Setting a low bar on payscales to

Brief Bites-2/19/15

February 19, 2015

Editor Taylor Riggs recaps this week’s Bloomberg Brief stories.

Keene’s Corner

February 19, 2015

  Bank of America Merrill Lynch Deputy Head of U.S. Economics Michelle Meyer speaks with Bloomberg’s Tom Keene, Brendan Greeley, Olivia Sterns and Gamco’s Howard Ward about the recovery of the U.S. housing market. Click here to read the full Q &A.

Currency Wars: Swiss Lessons

February 17, 2015

Foreign exchange luminaries gave their thoughts on the unfolding drama being played out by central banks wanting to stoke inflation by devaluing their currencies. Bloomberg Intelligence’s David Powell, chief euro-area economist, asked the questions at an FX event held in Bloomberg’s London office on Feb. 13. The answers have been condensed and edited. Click here to read

Constructive Outlook: Homebuilder, Consumer Sentiment

February 17, 2015

The NAHB reports homebuilder sentiment this morning. The Bloomberg consensus forecast expects an uptick to 58 from 57 — just below the post-recession high of 59. In the midst of the winter slow season, the marginal information in this index is limited, and most likely to reflect recent rising hopes for the housing

After Hard Winter, Spring May Be Sunnier for U.S. Retailers

February 12, 2015

  Coming on the heels of surprisingly weak December results, retail sales are on course to post the sharpest two-month decline since the Great Recession. At first glance, the profile of retail activity appears to be at odds with the Fed’s ongoing characterization of household spending as “rising moderately.” However, gasoline prices are