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Fast Comment US — Employment Report June: Strong employment gains, but weak wage growth

  1. Strong employment gains, but the unemployment rate rose to 4.0 percent
  2. Weak wage growth, despite tight labour market
  3. We continue to forecast two more rate hikes this year

Anders Bergvall, Senior Economist | anbe83@handelsbanken.se

Global Macro Comment — The lay of "The Land"

What do we really know about inflation? The state of the art was recently laid out by top academics and central bank economists at the "Inflation: Drivers & Dynamics" conference, held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. In this comment we give a first-hand account of what was discussed in "The Land". The conference gave greater insight into the anchoring of inflation expectations at central banks' targets, mixed with a new understanding of inflation fundamentals. Change is often hard work, but policymakers would be smart to embrace these latest insights.

Johan Löf, Senior Economist | jolo22@handelsbanken.se

Fast Comment US — Fed hikes rates, signals two more rate hikes in the second half of this year

  1. Fed hikes rates as expected
  2. Two more rate hikes in the second half of this year signalled
  3. Policy rates higher than the long-run neutral rate in 2019

Anders Bergvall, Senior Economist | anbe83@handelsbanken.se

Fast Comment US — 'Whoop, whoop' goes the labour market

  1. Payrolls up by 223,000 persons in May, above expectations
  2. Unemployment rate falls to 3.8 percent, the lowest since 1969
  3. Fed on track to raise rates in June despite any trade war worries

Jes Asmussen, Chief Economist Denmark | jeas01@handelsbanken.dk

Fast Comment US — US April labour market data a mixed bag

  1. US April labour market data a mixed bag
  2. Employment growth slowing slightly
  3. Market reaction muted - Fed outlook unchanged

Claes Måhlén, Chief Strategist | clma02@handelsbanken.se

Fast Comment US — Fed leaves rates on hold; June hike cemented

  1. Fed leaves rates on hold, as expected
  2. Minor tweaks to press statement; June hike cemented
  3. USD a touch lower; short rates unchanged

Lars Henriksson, Strategist | lahe06@handelsbanken.se