Ilian Mihov, professor of economics at INSEAD, thinks the Bank of Japan's recent policy moves may help liquidity but are not decisive actions. He also assesses the Fed's likely decisions from its two-day FOMC meeting.
US Economy Unlikely to Recover First
Robert McTeer, former president & CEO Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, believes the U.S. recession should continue to end-2009. He also explains why he doubts the U.S. will be the first to recover.
What is Sorely Lacking in US Rescue Plans
The U.S. stimulus, mortgage and bank rescue plans are lacking in what really counts -- incentives to make investment, says Joseph Battipaglia, market strategist of private client group at Stifel Nicolaus.
Asia Will Recover Before the US
David Carbon, managing director for economics & currencies at DBS Bank Group Research, says the export slump that is hurting Asian economies has more to do with China than the U.S. But he believes the export drop will come to an end fairly quickly.
Long Road Ahead for Germany
The economic situation in Germany is unlikely to improve markedly this year, believes Paul Day, deputy head of research at MIG Investments.
Fed Likely to Try More Unconventional Steps
With the Fed unlikely to lower rates any further, Jan Lambregts, Asia head of research at Rabobank assesses what unconventional measures it may take next.
Will They or Won't They?
It is not a forgone conclusion that the Fed will start purchases of long-term Treasurys, believes Jim Vrondas, manager of corporate business at OzForex.
Will Fed Buy Long-Term Bonds?
Robert McTeer, former president & CEO of Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, says the U.S. buying assets in frozen markets such as mortgage-backed securities is more important than the purchase of long-term Treasurys. He also discusses the dollar's strength and the threat of deflation.
Fed Between a Rock & a Hard Place
David Kotok, chairman and chief investment officer at Cumberland Advisors says the Fed has put itself between a rock and a hard place whether it decides to buy long-dated Treasurys or not. He touches on the key issues as the two-day FOMC meeting wraps up later today.