wiar 2-23-17

Mary FanslauWhat I Am Reading

February 23  (Thursday)

Markets
German bond yields fall on French election worries (FT)

Central banks
Fed Officials See Rate Hike ‘Fairly Soon’ (B) | FOMC Minutes
Speech by Governor Powell on the economic outlook and monetary policy

US
Existing-home sales jump to a 10-year high (BI)
Trump’s Growth Target Made Harder by Immigration Plans (W)
Why Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Could Sink U.S. Home Prices (B)
More of This Year’s Tax Refund Will Pay Down Debt (B)

Europe
Eurozone Finally Finds Itself Free of Deflation (W)
Merkel leads in the polls (BI)
Marine Le Pen has a better chance than you think (FT)
Italy’s political parties relapse into old ways (FT)

China
China’s housing market is starting to cool
China will navigate debt challenge and avoid financial shock (FT)
Long Days at Chinese Tech Firms (W)

US politics
Trump Says ‘Enormous Work’ Ahead on Budget to Deliver Priorities (B)
Goldman Has Grim Prognosis for Tax Reform Amid Obamacare Debate (B)
Citigroup Sets Up D.C. Team to Prep for Trump’s Regulatory Overhaul (B)
Will Trump’s plan reverse the deterioration of America’s Aging Infrastructure?
Trump Would Reconsider Bannon’s NSC Role if Asked (W)
Bernie Sanders Loyalists Are Taking Over the Democratic Party One County Office at a Time (W)

Geopolitics & trade
Trump Scorns the IMF’s Globalism, and Now He Gets to Vote on It (B)
Tillerson, Kelly Head to Mexico for Talks Amid Diplomatic Tensions (W)

Technology
Mark Cuban calls universal basic income “one of the worst possible responses” to robot automation (BI)

Offbeat
Several Earth-Like Planets Discovered Orbiting Nearby Star (B)
Your Biggest Online Security Risk Is You (W)