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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
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
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 is expected to maintain bond-buying pace until early next year

...at some point, but I don't think they have done enough explaining yet to prepare the markets for the move," said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial.Once the Fed does slow its bond purchases, many economists think it will start...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-12-17/fed-expected-maintain-bond
Oil's decline feeds drop in gasoline prices

...8 percent of their income on gas."It's the difference between going out to dinner one more time or not," says Diane Swonk, the chief economist at Mesirow Financial. "It matters."The U.S. government releases its initial estimate of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-04-22/oils-decline-feeds-drop-ga
Cautious consumers, Superstorm Sandy push down US retail sale

...point out that consumers may be forced to make storm-related repairs a priority. That could cut into holiday sales.Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, said Manhattan accounts for nearly 20 percent of spending nationwide at luxury...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2012-11-14/cautious-consumers-superst
Business spending, fewer layoffs lift economy

...picking up, which is critical to the growth and competitiveness of the U.S. economy over the long haul," said Diane Swonk, the chief economist at Mesirow Financial.Orders for manufactured goods expected to last at least three years rose...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2012-01-27/business-spending-fewer-la