- Former UK PM Boris Johnson compared to an old TV show that has aged and no longer seems right.
- After his appearance before a parliamentary inquiry, he has become a subplot, a character actor brought back for guest appearances.
- Johnson's dwindling band of loyalists have tried to whip up continued interest in him, but it is all pretty lame stuff.
- There are still a couple of plot twists to be worked through, including the inquiry into whether he lied to parliament.
- As a political junkie, the author awaits the next episode, but most people have moved on.
Central banks around the world are pausing tightening campaigns as inflation eases and economies slow. Inflation-targeting regimes are keeping their own houses in order, while the US Fed's key inflation gauges fell to the slowest annual paces since late 2021.
Two massive earthquakes on Monday have devastated cities and towns across Turkey and Syria, with death toll of over 16,000. This is one of the worst natural disasters this century, alongside the 2004 Sumatran Tsunami, 2010 Haiti earthquake and 2008 Cyclone Nargis.
A raft of U.S. data and European inflation numbers will give guidance on how the world's top central banks will navigate the way ahead, including the hotly debated "no landing" scenario. Reports on U.S. durable goods orders, home prices, manufacturing and consumer confidence threaten to cement expec