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According to Economic Freedom Network, individuals have economic freedom when “property they acquire without the use of force, fraud, or theft is protected from physical invasions by others and they are free to use, exchange, or give property as long as their actions do not violate the identical rights of others.”
On that basis, freer economies are known to have higher incomes, longer life expectancies, lower infant mortality rates, greater literacy, and more civil and political liberties – factors that directly affect standards of living.
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EM currencies stabilized after the FOMC meeting last week. Yet the Fed clearly signaled that it remains on track to start hiking rates around mid-2015. While Yellen’s guidance was taken as dovish (tightening won’t be at a predictable, “measured” pace), we still feel the looming Fed tightening cycle remains negative for EM. Furthermore, commodity prices remain soft. This and the upcoming turn in the US interest rate cycle should maintain downward pressure on EM currencies through H1 2015. Read more
Joseph E. Stiglitz,
Stephen S. Roach,
Mario Blejer & Eduardo Levy Yeyati,
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