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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Wednesday: FOMC Minutes, Bernanke

by Calculated Risk on 7/09/2013 08:31:00 PM

Not a usual topic, but an interesting article from Nick Bilton at the NY Times: The Money Side of Driverless Cars

Washington, an average of six parking tickets are issued every minute of a normal workday. That is about 5,300 tickets on each of those days. Those slips of paper have added up to $80 million in parking fines a year, according to a report by AAA Mid-Atlantic.

As I noted in my Disruptions column this week, ”How Driverless Cars Could Reshape Cities,” the parking ticket could vanish from the future city as cars park themselves ...

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 93 percent of all traffic accidents result from human error. If cars are smart enough to avoid accidents — and many researchers working on these cars believe they will be — the multibillion-dollar car insurance industry could completely change and be reimagined.
Smart cars will have a huge impact on some areas ... I hope this happens quickly!

• At 7:00 AM ET, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index. Expect higher mortgage rates and a decline in refinance activity.

• At 10:00 AM, Monthly Wholesale Trade: Sales and Inventories for May. The consensus is for a 0.3% increase in inventories.

• At 2:00 PM, FOMC Minutes for Meeting of June 18-19, 2013 will be released. These will be scrutinized for timing of the tapering of QE3 asset purchases.

• At 4:10 PM, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will speak, A Century of U.S. Central Banking: Goals, Frameworks, Accountability, At the National Bureau of Economic Research Conference: The First 100 Years of the Federal Reserve: The Policy Record, Lessons Learned, and Prospects for the Future, Cambridge, Mass.