Despite freezing temperatures the US labour market bounced back in February.
The impact of rising commodity prices, as a result of events in Ukraine, could have a knock-on effect on market sentiment and economic growth.
In this month's Viewpoint:
Global recovery to shrug off bad weather.
Europe: Deflation fears to trigger ECB action.
BRICs: Central banks must be cruel to be kind.
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Brazil’s fourth quarter GDP growth came in at 1.9%, beating City expectations.
As part of its quarterly Inflation Report, the Bank of England (BoE) has decided to expand its use of macroeconomic variables in its presentation of forward guidance. The previous 7% unemployment rate threshold would have been breached in the coming months, which has prompted the Bank to re-assess its communications strategy.
In this month's viewpoint:
Global: US growth pick up may be too much of a good thing
UK: New Year’s resolutions
Will emerging markets elect to grow?
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