Financial reform filled with empty promises

Commentary: Counting the days to the next 'Great Predicament'

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In the last 10 days, stocks had improved and interest rates risen during a general relaxation of panic.

Even so, unmistakable evidence of faltering recovery has pushed a lot of money back to the safety of bonds, and rates are again near all-time lows. Thus panic is morphing quietly to resignation.

Something odd happened to the economy in May, but it is not clear what. All of the data arriving for several weeks has had the same pattern: weaker than prior report, and below the reduced forecast.