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Evans Rule in Place at the Federal Reserve

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The Federal Reserve has spelled out specific guidelines for the inflation and unemployment rates that will trigger interest rate hikes. Easy monetary policy will remain until unemployment touches 6.5% or if inflation looks to surpass 2.5%. This 2011 proposal by Chicago Fed President Charles Evans has been embraced and gained support from other Federal Reserve officials over the 2012 year. The labor participation rate is the largest marginal driver for the unemployment rate.

Over time, the U.S. unemployment rate may lower as the ongoing collapse of the labor participation rate continues to sink.

This is a major change as the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) seems to have ended the practice of discussing future policy based on a calendar framework or arbitrary date.

In addition, the Federal Reserve boosts quantitative easing by buying US$ 45 billion worth of monthly treasury purchases. This is on top of the $40 billion worth of monthly mortgage-backed bond purchases started in September 2012.

Saudi Arabia Sends Second Installment of Aid to Pakistan

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On December 14, 2018, Pakistan received its second installment of the US$ 3 billion in aid promised from Saudi Arabia on October 23, 2018. The US$ 1 billion given on December 14th boosted the foreign reserves of the State Bank of Pakistan, which went from US$ 7.2 billion to US$ 8.2 billion. The first installment was given on November 23, 2018. The last installment is expected to occur in January 2019.

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White House Nominates Heath Tarbert for CFTC Chairman

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The White House announced Heath P. Tarbert will be nominated to serve as Commissioner and Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Tarbert currently serves as Assistant Secretary for International Markets at the U.S. Treasury Department. Before joining the U.S. Treasury, Tarbert was a Partner at law firm Allen & Overy. Tarbert was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for his current Treasury post at 87 (yes) to 8 (no).

Upon Senate confirmation, Tarbert’s CFTC term would start on April 14, 2019 and last for five years. Tarbert is taking over from J. Christopher Giancarlo whose term ends in April 2019. Tarbert will need a U.S. Senate confirmation to take the head CFTC post.

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KIA Could Sell Stake in North Sea Energy Business

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The Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), through its unit Wren House Investment Management, is nearing a deal to sell a 40% stake in its North Sea energy business to JPMorgan Asset Management. In July 2018, KIA closed on a deal to acquire oil and gas pipeline firm North Sea Midstream Partners from ArcLight Capital.

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