Janet Yellen, chairman of the US Federal Reserve has forecast interest rate rises in 2015 (photo: dpa)

Economic expectations for Europe and US differ widely in 2015

There is a gulf of difference in economic prospects either side of the Atlantic for 2015. While America’s Central Bank, the Federal Reserve, warns of higher interest rates sometime during the year, Europe’s financial authorities talk of greater intervention to support failing economies. The gap is between an upbeat free market and gloomy expectations.

<i>Financial markets have been driven by news and announcements over recent months. In the US, it is news about the real situation of the economy - growth, employment, and companies’ profitability - which has prevailed. Announcements have made clear that active policymaking is coming to an end. The opposite is true in the European ...

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Professor Enrico Colombatto
Announcements regarding monetary policy in the US will have little impact. Low interest rates will be seen as an extra boost to growth and high interest rates as a signal of comfort
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