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Fed Raises Key Interest Rate for First Time in Almost a Decade

Global markets have embraced the end of the zero interest rate policy era in the US, sending international stocks higher and quelling fears that investors would recoil at the prospect of higher interest rates.

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What Would a Fed Interest Rate Hike Mean for Markets?

All indications point to the Fed raising the fed funds rate in December. This recent article published by Knowledge@Wharton examines what the impact of this strategy means to the markets. Topics considered include why the Fed is now ready to start hiking the rate, how they will continue with their strategy and how this could impact economic growth.

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OECD Slashes US Forecast as Gives Global Economy B Minus

The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) has recently cut its growth predictions for the U.S. Economy to 2.0% in 2015 and 2.8% in 2016 (down from original forecasts of 3.1% in 2015 and 3.0% in 2016). The reason for this cut stems from numerous factors including a strong U.S. dollar and rough winter weather across much of the U.S.  This re-evaluation for the U.S., as well as the rest of the world, is explored in a current article published by the BBC.

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Once Forbidden Frontiers

In his blog, Investment Adventures in Emerging Markets, Mark Mobius explores the development of emerging and frontier markets and their investment potential. In particular, he examines the economies of China, Japan, South Africa, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cuba.

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Unless You Are Spock, Irrelevant Things Matter in Economic Behavior

Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business explores behavioral economics in this recent article published by the New York Times. In particular, he looks at retirement savings and how behavioral economics can be used to encourage people to save more.

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How a Rising Dollar Is Creating Trouble for Emerging Economies

A rising US dollar has many benefits to the domestic economy (for example, purchasing imports has become a lot cheaper). However, a strengthening US dollar could be detrimental to some emerging economies. Writing for the New York Times’ The Upshot, Neil Irwin looks at the impact of a strong dollar on the global money supply and what it means for business owners in emerging markets who have taken on debt in US dollars to run their business.

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Dollar Strength is Weakness as Euro Migrates its Slump

Nobel Laureate, Paul Krugman, explores the impact of a strong dollar on the US economy in a recent editorial published in the Irish Times. He explains that a strong dollar could have a negative effect on the current manufacturing revival in the US and potentially widen the trade deficit.

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