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Macro Briefing: 7 January 2019

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Bolton, in Israel, softens Trump’s plans for a quick exit from Syria: PoliticoUS Navy ship sails near disputed islands in the South China Sea: ReutersPartial gov’t shutdown is now tied for 3rd longest with no end in sight: USA TodayFed Chairman Powell hints at possibility of rate-hike pause in 2019: WSJFed’s Mester: Subdued inflation could stop rate hikes: CNBCSurvey data points to slowdown in global growth to 27-mo low in Dec: IHS MarkitUS Services PMI: ‘solid’ growth in December: IHS MarkitEurozone growth falls to slowest pace in over 4 years via PMI data: IHS MarkitRetail spending in Europe rose more than expected in November: ReutersEurozone inflation slips to softest annual pace in 8 months: FTUS wages rose 3.2% in Dec from year ago–fastest gain since 2009: BloombergSurge in US

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Bolton, in Israel, softens Trump’s plans for a quick exit from Syria: Politico
US Navy ship sails near disputed islands in the South China Sea: Reuters
Partial gov’t shutdown is now tied for 3rd longest with no end in sight: USA Today
Fed Chairman Powell hints at possibility of rate-hike pause in 2019: WSJ
Fed’s Mester: Subdued inflation could stop rate hikes: CNBC
Survey data points to slowdown in global growth to 27-mo low in Dec: IHS Markit
US Services PMI: ‘solid’ growth in December: IHS Markit
Eurozone growth falls to slowest pace in over 4 years via PMI data: IHS Markit
Retail spending in Europe rose more than expected in November: Reuters
Eurozone inflation slips to softest annual pace in 8 months: FT
US wages rose 3.2% in Dec from year ago–fastest gain since 2009: Bloomberg
Surge in US payrolls in Dec suggests recession risk is low: MW

Macro Briefing: 7 January 2019

James Picerno
James Picerno is a financial journalist who has been writing about finance and investment theory for more than twenty years. He writes for trade magazines read by financial professionals and financial advisers. Over the years, he’s written for the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Bloomberg Markets, Mutual Funds, Modern Maturity, Investment Advisor, Reuters, and his popular finance blog, The CapitalSpectator.

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