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Macro Briefing: 23 February 2021

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* Fed and Treasury officials say US jobless rate is near 10%–well above official rate* Price tag for severe weather blowback in Texas: billion* US factories struggling to keep up with snap-back in consumer demand* Bond yields rise ahead of Fed Chairman Powell’s testimony in Congress* Eurozone core consumer inflation rebounds to 5-year high in January* UK unemployment rate at 5-year high in 2020’s fourth quarter* US Leading Economic Index rose in January, pointing to firmer growth outlook* Texas manufacturing sector growth accelerates in February* US economic activity strengthened in January via Chicago Fed Nat’l Activity Index:

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* Fed and Treasury officials say US jobless rate is near 10%–well above official rate
* Price tag for severe weather blowback in Texas: $50 billion
* US factories struggling to keep up with snap-back in consumer demand
* Bond yields rise ahead of Fed Chairman Powell’s testimony in Congress
* Eurozone core consumer inflation rebounds to 5-year high in January
* UK unemployment rate at 5-year high in 2020’s fourth quarter
* US Leading Economic Index rose in January, pointing to firmer growth outlook
* Texas manufacturing sector growth accelerates in February
* US economic activity strengthened in January via Chicago Fed Nat’l Activity Index:

Macro Briefing: 23 February 2021

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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