Julia Coronado is Chief Economist, North America for BNP Paribas' global market economics team.  Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Julia was a Senior U.S. Economist at Barclays Capital in New York, where she helped formulate the forecast for the U.S. Economy and Fed policy. After receiving a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Texas Julia worked as an Economist for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington D.C., working in Flow of Funds and Macroeconomic Analysis sections in the Division of Research and Statistics. She regularly briefed the Board and contributed to the FOMC forecasts, and she represented the Federal Reserve at meetings of the OECD’s Committee on Financial Markets. Julia has deep expertise in aging issues and worked as Director of Retirement Research at the think tank, Watson Wyatt Worldwide. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Pension Research Council at the Wharton School. Julia represents the firm’s economic views both to clients and the media and is a frequent commentator on economic issues in the financial press.

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Features by Julia Coronado

U.S. continues to muddle through recovery

The interest rate on 10 year government bonds is back up above 1.5 percent and Oil is down to $82 a barrel in New York trading. There are signs of a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing and continual uncertainty about the debt crisis in Europe.
Posted In: U.S., Euro Eurozone, China, jobs report

G8 summit focuses on weakness in Europe

President Obama will be with world leaders in Chicago today after meetings at Camp David over the weekend. The takeaway from those meetings is that there should be more of a focus on growth rather than austerity as Europe grapples with another flare up in the debt crisis.
Posted In: G8 summit, Obama, austerity

Signs of contagion from Greek troubles

As the possibility rises of Greece leaving the eurozone, borrowing costs are shooting higher in countries like Spain and Italy.
Posted In: Greece, Europe debt crisis

Euro debt problems flare up in Spain

Spain has officially slipped back into recession and to make matters worse, Standard & Poor’s has downgraded the credit rating on 11 Spanish banks. That makes it harder for those banks to borrow money.
Posted In: spain, Europe debt crisis, recession

Markets hit by uncertainty of French election

European markets are down significantly, and that's being blamed on elections over the weekend in France that increase the likelihood that Conservative President Nicholas Sarkozy will lose his job.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, nicolas sarkozy

March jobs report disappointing, but not a disaster

After news that Sony is cutting 6 percent of its workforce and that the U.S. economy only added 120,000 jobs last month, the future doesn't look bright -- but a bigger picture shows it's all just part of a slow recovery.
Posted In: Unemployment

Is this the beginning of merger season?

The beauty and fragrance company Coty went public with its offer to buy rival Avon for about $10 billion -- that's an offer Avon so far has rejected. And Express Scripts and Medco -- two companies that process prescriptions at the drug store -- have gotten federal approval for their merger.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions, mergers, avon

Markets reacting to health care hearings

Twenty-six states are challenging the law, parts of which are already in place. Could the arguments for either side be affecting investors today?
Posted In: Ben Bernanke, health care reform law, Supreme Court

Japan's economy, one year later

Today the Bank of Japan is holding a meeting to talk about monetary policy for the third largest economy in the world, one year after the earthquake tsunami and nuclear disaster there.
Posted In: Japan, supply chain, tsunami

Chinese government lowers growth forecast for year

In China today, the government lowered the country's growth forecast for the year to 7.5 percent. That's the first target under 8 percent since 2005.
Posted In: China, economic growth

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