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First Rate Financial Group Adds New Broker To Roster
(PRLEAP.COM) Westlake Village, CA - First Rate Financial Group is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Steve Patronete to our team of Ventura County mortgage brokers. Steve Patronete brings years of experience and a reputation for excellence to the 

Ruble weakens as emerging markets get hit, making Russians wary of costly ...
The dollar has hit 34 rubles for the first time since 2009. Is something Previous financial crises demonstrated the Central Bank was unable to properly manage interest rates when it was managing the exchange rate, he said in an interview. “Managing

The process of rate rises has to start earlier, not later
The process of rate rises has to start earlier, not later That may not sound spectacular in the context of the average economic growth in the UK economy of 3.3pc from 1982-2007, but we are in a “new normal” economy shaped by the financial crisis and the shift in global economic power to China, India and other

NC jobless rate plummets, but questions remain about strength of 'Carolina ...
But advocates for the poor argue that quirks in the way the unemployment rate is calculated distort the state's job market and paint an overly optimistic picture of the economy – not to mention glossing over the financial hardships faced by the jobless

Singapore Hot for Shakespeare

As the global financial crisis hits hard Broadway shows, more and more theatre productions are looking to Asia to stage their plays. We go to ...

Former Obama adviser: Everyone deserves a chance at a first-rate education

From his influence as a scholar to his role as a policymaker and architect of economic reform, Stan demonstrated by example how theory and practice can combine to improve standards of living across the globe. The most important way he contributed to my personal success, however, has been in the role of "dedicated teacher."

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I took my first graduate course in macroeconomics from Stan at MIT in 1994. Three years later, after the IMF had taken him away from university teaching, I dared to email him a chapter of my doctoral thesis.

Despite dealing with the Asian Financial Crisis, within a few days he returned a two-page reply with extensive comments and recommendations, which I took with extreme gratitude. The end result was published and is still in many ways my most important article — certainly the one that launched my career.

Today, Stan remains an important interlocutor, critic, and supporter. I try my best to do the same for my students.

FOREX-US-China trade war relief sends dollar to five-month highs

* Euro under pressure from doubts over new Italian government

* Sterling struggles on central bank policy outlook (Adds details, quotes)

By Saikat Chatterjee

LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) - The dollar hit a five-month high on Monday after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declared the U.S.-China trade war “on hold” following their agreement to suspend threatened tariffs.

Against a basket of its peers, the dollar rose above 94 for the first time since late December 2017.

Currency markets were taken by surprise as the dollar rallied in recent weeks, rising 5.4 percent in just over a month. It was the currency’s biggest gain since the last quarter of 2015, when the Federal Reserve was preparing for its first rate increase since the financial crisis of 2008.

An improving U.S. economy has led the Fed to raise interest rates faster than its central bank peers, who have been reluctant to end the policy support they have provided their economies. Currency markets have felt the impact, especially in euro and sterling.

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