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  1. Business - Economy

    Pursuit of unconventional monetary policy may be in the market's hands

    Posted Mar 13th 2014, 11:42am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... Nicholas Spiro The pursuit of forward guidance from central banks raises concern over financial stability risks as monetary policymakers fear upsetting markets Wag the dog Don't fight the Fed was once a maxim for investors to live by and shorthand for the unwritten rule that when the world's major central banks demanded that markets jump, the only response was "How ...

  2. Business - Economy - US FEDERAL RESERVE

    Perceived shift in US Fed's monetary policy causes uncertainty

    Posted Mar 27th 2014, 09:30am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... of the central bank's programme of quantitative easing and the beginning of interest rate rises than meets the eye? Third, and most worryingly, given that this is the third time in just 10 months that the Fed has startled markets, what are the odds of the US central bank being able to keep treasury yields anchored at low levels prior to and after the first increases in rates? Markets ...

  3. Business - Economy

    China's consumer prices rise at steady rate of 2.5pc year on year in January

    Posted Feb 14th 2014, 10:20am by Victoria Ruan

    ... Huiyong, chief economist at Shanghai-based SWS Research. "Excess capacity and inadequate demand have continued to weigh on prices." He said he expected the central bank to keep its ... rose 1.9 per cent. The People's Bank of China said in its fourth-quarter monetary policy report that the price situation was basically stable but that upward pressures were still seen ...

  4. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Bank of Japan keeps rates on hold, says economy starting to recover

    Posted Jul 11th 2013, 11:40am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Tokyo BOJ keeps rates on hold, says recovery has begun An economic recovery is under way, the Bank of Japan said yesterday as it kept monetary policy steady, with its most optimistic view in two and a half years reflecting the positive impact on economic activity of a weakening yen and its massive monetary stimulus. The central bank made no major changes to its ...

  5. Business - Economy

    Australia central bank keeps easing bias, talks down A$

    Posted Jul 02nd 2013, 01:43pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Sydney Australia’s central bank kept its main cash rate at a record low of 2.75 per cent on Tuesday and said there might be room for further easing, given the local currency remained too high for comfort. The Australian dollar duly slipped a third of a cent as the market took the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) comments as encouragement to sell. “The Board also ...

  6. Business - Banking & Finance

    Amid China market stand off, calls for a more transparent central bank

    Posted Jun 24th 2013, 10:59am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Beijing PBOC let short-term interest rates spike to extraordinary levels over past week as it refused to inject funds into money markets China’s central bank rarely explains its actions in public and keeps markets guessing on policy, but the angst created by its stand off with banks in the money markets is prompting calls for it to change tack. The People’s Bank of China ...

  7. Business - Economy

    Bank of England set to hold rates after upbeat data

    Posted May 08th 2013, 02:05pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in London The Bank of England is expected this week to hold record-low interest rates and its quantitative easing cash stimulus, after encouraging British economic growth data and despite fresh moves elsewhere to loosen monetary policy, dealers said. The nine members of the British central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC)-- which includes governor ...

  8. Business - China Business - ECONOMY

    China's economy to rebound in 2013, experts say

    Posted Dec 14th 2012, 12:00am by Victoria Ruan

    ... a growth of 8.6 per cent, while Tim Condon at ING predicted an expansion of 9 per cent on expectation that incoming Premier Li Keqiang will soften housing restrictions. Favourable economic data ... cent. "For 2013, we look for improving consumption, new investment projects and stabilising exports to sustain growth at its potential level of" about 8 per cent, the investment bank ...

  9. Higher ground

    Posted Aug 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in domestic politics, several reform initiatives, including liberalising prices of utilities, have been put on the back burner. Last December, the central bank hinted at a speedy breakthrough in liberalising interest rates as part of factor-price reform. But this is now on hold because the government fears it would further unsettle investors' confidence in Chinese banks. While the banks ...

  10. Business - Banking & Finance - ECONOMY

    Bank of Japan redoubles commitment to easing

    Posted Apr 26th 2013, 01:40pm by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Tokyo Central bank's move to double money supply highlighted by deflation's grip on Japan's wallets BOJ shows mettle over easing plan The Bank of Japan put ... grip on the economy. Consumer prices fell the most in two years, the government report showed, underscoring the challenge facing bank governor Haruhiko Kuroda as he aims to meet a 2 per cent ...




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