The Weekly Roundup: Low Expectations from IMF, Crude Oil Rail and the Economic Week Ahead


It was a week to look at long term trends, and that was reflected in news and blog coverage. The International Monetary Fund downgraded its 2013 global growth forecast, gold slid then recovered, the WTI-Brent spread narrowed, and equities were more volatile than they’ve been all year. Some of the links this week take a look at the news and data that may continue to impact these markets. There’s also a full slate of economic reports next week. Here’s a look at that, and the stories you might have missed:

The Economic Week Ahead

Monday, April 22, 10:00 a.m.: Existing Home Sales

Tuesday, APRIL 23, 10:00 a.m.: New Home Sales

Thursday, April 25, 8:30 a.m.: USDA U.S. Export Sales

Friday, April 26, 8:30 a.m.: Q1 GDP

The full monthly calendar can be found here.


A confluence of events are pressuring equity markets in emerging economies (Sober Look)

“No one should expect that Europe will deliver high growth rates for years.” (Wall Street Journal)

Railroads coming to the rescue for east coast refiners (Platts)

And oil shipments by rail have doubled in two years (Carpe Diem)

Following the long term trend on gold (Attain Capital)

A student took on eminent economists on debt issue, and won (Reuters)

More financial professionals are turning to iPhones and iPads (PaidContent)

Student lending vs. the housing bubble (FT Alphaville)

An exchange for music (Crain’s Chicago)


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Anita Liskey is the managing director of corporate marketing and communications at CME Group.

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