Top 5 Things to Watch in Markets in the Week Ahead By


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By Noreen Burke — Investors will be looking to the Federal Reserve minutes and the latest U.S. retail sales data to give direction to markets in the week ahead, while a flurry of retail earnings will also keep the focus on consumer strength. Chinese data will give a snapshot of how the economy is faring as the delta variant of the coronavirus bears down and New Zealand looks set to be one of the first of the world’s advanced economies to raise interest rates in the pandemic era. Here’s what you need to know to start your week.

  1. Federal Reserve minutes

On Wednesday the Fed releases the of its July meeting, which will be scrutinized for policymakers’ views on when to start scaling back the Fed’s monthly bond purchases, as well as their outlook on the economy.

Last month Fed officials declared the recovery intact despite the rise of the delta variant and since then the stronger-than-forecast July jobs report…

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