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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Wednesday: FOMC Minutes

by Calculated Risk on 4/09/2013 09:00:00 PM

This is an actual quote today from the German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble:

"Nobody in Europe sees this contradiction between fiscal policy consolidation and growth,” Schauble said. “We have a growth-friendly process of consolidation, and we have sustainable growth, however you want to word it.”
Obviously there is a contradiction between "fiscal policy consolidation and growth". And not everyone is blind to the obvious - some people in Europe see the obvious contradiction (just look at the data).

And a "growth friendly process"? "Sustainable growth"?  Nonsense. Maybe Schauble should look at the data (here is the eurostat data on GDP and unemployment.

Comment: Obviously Schauble is the worst kind of policymaker. He believes in "austerity ├╝ber alles" and can't be swayed by the results. Very sad.

Wednesday economic releases:
• 7:00 AM ET, The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index.

• At 2:00 PM, the FOMC Minutes for the Meeting of March 19-20, 2013 will be released.