Fed Rates Day, U.S.-China Trade Talks, Euro-Area Gloom: Eco Day

(Bloomberg) -- Welcome to Wednesday, Americas. Here’s the latest news and analysis from Bloomberg Economics to help get your day started:

  • It’s Fed day and Chairman Jerome Powell begins new era of press conferences after every meeting -- here’s what to expect
  • The U.S. and China are sitting down Wednesday for the first of two days of high-level trade talks -- but don’t hold your breath for a deal
    • A look at why Trump’s tariffs didn’t help create more steel industry jobs
    • If you’ve lost track: here’s our timeline on what’s happened so far
  • Euro-area economic confidence extended its worst losing streak in a decade at the start of 2019
  • The race to succeed European Central Bank Chief Economist Peter Praet is entering the home stretch with only one known contender, at least for now
  • Don’t be fooled by the Bank of England’s recent unanimity -- the debate will become more heated
    • Brexit might be delayed, softened or even abandoned, but the cost of separation is already apparent
  • China’s weakening economy is roiling export markets in the rest of Asia

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