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Investors await FOMC minutes amid increased market volatility


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After another week of stomach-churning volatility in global asset markets, investors will be looking for any hint of additional risk emanating from the European banking system this week. The general move to remove risk from portfolios may continue as investors assess the probability that the global economic slowdown turns into a recession in developed economies, including the United States.

There will be a relatively large number of first-tier data this week, including fresh information on the state of the housing sector, inflation, regional manufacturing conditions and industrial production. Also this week, the Federal Reserve will publish the January Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes and send out seven speakers, featuring San Francisco Fed President John Williams who will speak Thursday on the U.S. economic outlook.

The global economic calendar features Chinese trade data, Canada inflation and retail sales data, the minutes from the recent European Central Bank meeting, U.K. inflation and labor market data, and the Australian central bank minutes and employment data.

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