Ranking the Star Wars movies

22 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Star Wars': Visit Jakku ‘Disney Infinity’ Style With New Concept Art (Exclusive).

This Friday, the Force won’t only awaken in theaters — Disney Infinity users will also get to travel further into a galaxy far, far away with the release of a Star Wars: The Force Awakens playset adding characters and locations from the new movie to the multi-franchise game. Ahead of the new playset’s release, The Hollywood Reporter has an exclusive look at concept art and the finished design for Jakku, one of the new locations that will be available in the game. But here’s a way to think about how Star Wars culture may be influencing Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s first hike of interest rates in nearly a decade as she attempts to end zero-interest-rate policy, or ZIRP, and get the empire, er, the U.S. back on a more normalized footing. Generally speaking, the Fed sees relatively strong labor market, with unemployment falling from 10% to 5%, according to the most recent Labor Department data.

And uber-low rates have resulted in investors scrambling for yield in areas like stocks, but also in high-yielding investments known as junk bonds, which boast a higher premium in exchange for buyers taking on greater risk. Mutual fund Third Avenue Management stunned the market by shutting down one of its high-yield bond funds amid a rush for the exits from its investors in the illiquid market.

Some argue that raising rates might be a necessary move, even if others view raising interest rates now as a potential trap that could result in the Fed being forced to cut rates soon after lifting them:

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