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Fed likely to note gains but signal no rate increase

...considerable time' wording, but I think some people are making more out of that change than they should," said Diane Swonk, the chief economist at Mesirow Financial. Swonk said she thinks that even if that wording is removed, the Fed will...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-15/fed-likely-note-gains-sign
Lackluster consumer, business spending may slow US growth in final months of 2014

...again as we move into the fourth quarter, after a stellar catch-up from last year's horrific winter weather," Diane Swonk, an economist at Mesirow Financial, said in a note to clients.Consumers opened their wallets a bit in October...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-11-26/lackluster-consumer-busine
Why drop in oil prices could squeeze US economy

...fuel."Initially, (a lower oil price) will provide a boost to an economy that already has some momentum," says Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial. "It's like a tax cut. The problem is that it will come back to haunt us...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-13/why-drop-oil-prices-could-
Job growth is rising, so why isn't pay?

...Based on the jobs report, more young workers are flooding the job market and are willing to work for less, said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial.Employers can reduce costs by hiring more 20-somethings who don't have...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-03/job-growth-rising-so-why-i
Speculation swirls around Fed meeting, interest rates

...benefited from ultra-low U.S. rates."The adverse market reaction last year really did scare the Fed," said Diane Swonk, the chief economist at Mesirow Financial. "For that reason, they are treading cautiously now."Those who think...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-09-16/speculation-swirls-around-
June jobs report shows recovery is accelerating, US economy coming closer to full health

...might have been a quirk: Many schools that had been closed for snow days stayed open longer than usual in June, said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial in Chicago.Over the past three months, job growth has averaged a healthy 272...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-03/june-jobs-report-shows-rec
Frigid winter has given way to a warming economy

...000 jobs."Harsh winter weather deferred, delayed and displaced but did not destroy economic activity," said Diane Swonk, the chief economist at Mesirow Financial.Meager growth early this year "did not reflect underlying demand," she...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-05-01/frigid-winter-has-given-wa
Government report shows solid economic growth at end of 2013, brightens outlook for 2014

...strongest consumer spending in three years."The economy showed real signs of momentum at the end of 2013," said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial. "We are better positioned for decent growth for 2014 than we were a year ago...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-01-30/government-report-shows-so
Fed likely to reiterate flexible policy on rates

...increase won't occur until the summer of 2015 at the earliest."I think the Fed is going to stay the course," said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial. "No news is good news at this stage."

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-04-28/fed-likely-reiterate-flexi
Consumers' big purchases lift hopes for US economy

...electronics and appliance stores rose 1.1 percent."Consumers who have money are spending and spending big," said Diane Swonk, the chief economist at Mesirow Financial. "Those who don't aren't."Sales of everyday items, such as clothes...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-12-12/consumers-big-purchases-li