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Fed’s Evans: Stronger dollar is a headwind

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch)—A stronger U.S. dollar is an obstacle to the Federal Reserve’s ability to meet its inflation mandate and will impede growth, Charles Evans, the

president of the Chicago Fed, said on Saturday.

“It’s a headwind,” Evans told reporters after giving a speech on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund’s annual meeting.

“[A] Higher dollar is going to have an effect on our net exports, it is going to reduce it a bit. And it is also going to lead to lower import prices and likely have an effect that our inflation data will be lower,” Evans said.

Earlier, in his speech, Evans said there is “more uncertainty” in the global economic outlook than the Fed had expected. More



Gold crashes and is now tarnished for good
Gold shined brightly at the beginning of 2014, with bullion prices jumping by about 13% from New Year’s Day until mid-March. But since spring, and particularly since July, gold prices have been on the decline. Last week, the precious metal settled near lows not seen since Christmas 2013.

So should investors consider this sell-off as an opportunity to buy precious metals on the cheap? Or is gold really tarnished for some time to come? Sadly for gold bugs, it’s the latter.

There’s always a big argument for gold as the only alternative amid overpriced stocks, a weak U.S. recovery and a fragile dollar that will collapse at any time. If you want to make those arguments in the face of the facts, feel free to scroll down to the comments section and make fun of my receding hairline.
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5 healthy fast-food failures
Burger King drops “Satisfries,” adding to list of fast-food low-cal flops
Fast-food restaurants’ healthier offerings don’t do much for Americans’ bottoms or the chains’ bottom lines. After all, experts say, customers generally don’t show up for the supersized salads. Burger King hoped to change that with its new "Satisfries," but announced on Wednesday that its menu will be a little lighter from now on: Satisfries are getting the chop.

Introduced last September, Burger King's Satisfries were an attempt to appeal to people who were worried about calories, and Burger King claimed they had 30% fewer calories and 40% less fat than McDonald's french fries. But history shows such efforts—even when relatively successful—do more to improve the brand’s image than its revenues, analysts say. And sometimes, healthy menu items are left on the shelf. More



Investors pin growth hopes on U.S. as Ukraine crisis casts shadow on Europe
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - With the prospect of stiffer sanctions against Russia rattling confidence in Europe, investors will be looking to the United States and China to underpin the global economy.

Wednesday's U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) reading and jobs data on Friday will help markets to judge the strength of the economy's rebound and the likely speed of the Federal Reserve's return to more conventional monetary policy. The Fed meets on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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The U.S.-China story is looking more encouraging," said James Knightley, an economist with ING. "With the European Central Bank's moves, that should allow the euro zone economy to swing upwards but with a good six- to 12-month lag." More



Growth fears hit global stocks, investors eye Fed and Draghi
LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks fell on Wednesday as a decline in Chinese inflation and weaker European industrial data combined to suggest global growth

may be slowing, eclipsing a positive start to the U.S. earnings season. The mining company Alcoa Inc reported results after Wall Street closed that beat analysts' expectations, but that was not enough to help European equities recover after they fell the most in three months on Tuesday.

Major currencies and bond markets were steady before a speech by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and the release of the U.S. Federal Reserve's minutes of its latest meeting. More



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BAHAHAHA Moment of the Week - Thank you very much!
Robert F Kennedy Jr loses his cool and grabs mic from reporter pushing him about his own carbon footprint
He was a leading figure in one of the biggest climate change marches to date.

But it seems Robert F Kennedy Jr was not so forthcoming when it came to questions about his own carbon footprint.

Confronted by a reporter asking if he would give up his phone and car, the environmental lawyer became visibly irate before grabbing the microphone and accusing her of 'destroying democracy' as a member of the press. More




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