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  1. Business - Economy

    Private schools, dental visits fuel Australian inflation, pushing interest rate cuts off the table

    Posted Feb 03rd 2014, 03:18pm by Reuters

    ... The central bank might also have to ratchet back the rhetorical campaign for a weaker local currency given the risk higher prices for imported goods could further fuel inflation. “Higher near-term ... “Further out, we see the bank remaining on hold for the rest of the year, with hikes starting in Q1 next year, assuming the economy is picking up by then.” The central bank has held its policy rate ...

  2. Business - Banking & Finance

    South African central bank holds key rate, fears inflation

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 10:24pm by AFP

    ... added, the policy-setting committee did not discuss a rate cut at this time. The central bank had been widely expected to stay the course, at what was its last meeting of the year. But pressure ...

  3. Business - Economy

    Time for more easy money

    Posted Apr 30th 2013, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Washington and London With inflation slowing, central banks are ready to continue quantitative easing programmes, and in Japan's case, to dramatically ramp it up Time for more easy money Slowing inflation is giving central bankers scope to provide the world economy with more liquidity and lower interest rates for longer, all in the name of price stability. ...

  4. Business - Economy

    Venezuela June inflation soars to 40pc

    Posted Jul 10th 2013, 10:49am by Reuters

    ... Annualised inflation rate highest in five years Venezuela’s June inflation slowed from the previous month to 4.7 per cent, the central bank said, but the annualised rate soared to 39.6 per cent following a currency devaluation and heavy state spending last year. The annualised figure tops all the yearly inflation rates since 2008, when the central bank changed its inflation ...

  5. Business - Economy - INFLATION

    China inflation slows to 2.1pc, lending falls point to economic weakness

    Posted Jun 09th 2013, 12:10pm by Reuters in Beijing

    ... showed very weak demand,” said Jianguang Shen, chief China economist at Mizuho Securities Asia in Hong Kong. Adding to the evidence of a slowdown was separate central bank data showing ... room and the possibility to cut interest rates in the second half of this year,” Shen added. “The financing cost for companies is very high now and the central bank should further pursue ...

  6. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    China's mild inflation rise leaves door open for rate cut

    Posted May 09th 2013, 11:22am by Victoria Ruan

    ... Victoria Ruan in Beijing victoria.ruan@scmp.com As consumer price index rises 2.4 per cent in year to April, experts say central bank could ease policy to reduce rate differentials Mainland inflation up but rate cut possible Chinese inflation rose in April from March but remained relatively low, leaving room for the central bank to cut rates to stem capital inflows and spur ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Asset inflation policies threaten to create another economic bubble

    Posted May 21st 2013, 12:00am by ANDY XIE

    ... of helping the unemployed. The current debate on stimulus versus austerity misses the point. Neither really helps the people most in need. If central banks really want to help people through monetary ... those people who can borrow. Through such bubble cycles, wealth becomes more concentrated among those who gamble with debt. Maybe it is intended. Central banks seem too close to the people who ...

  8. Business - Economy

    China expected to keep interest rates unchanged

    Posted Mar 20th 2013, 12:00am by Ray Chan

    ... Ray Chan ray.utchan@scmp.com Mainland expected to keep rates unchanged Mainland officials are expected to keep interest rates on hold in the first half of the year, a central bank adviser said, easing concerns that Beijing may raise rates after inflation reached a 10-month high last month. "The central government doesn't have imminent pressure to rein in macroeconomic ...

  9. Business - Economy

    Australia inflation below forecast, rate cut eyed

    Posted Apr 24th 2013, 02:05pm by AFP

    ... The Australian dollar dropped from US$1.0275 to $1.0238 on the data as investors saw them stoking chances of a central bank interest rate cut from the 3.0 per cent it has been at since December. Data ...

  10. Beware wealth's flight to safety in turbulent 2012

    Posted Jan 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... about the costs of German reunification, will soon realise that Greece will be the first, not the last, to be rescued. Rather than a central governing authority, a far more likely outcome ... or his successor will accommodate with monetary easing that other central bankers will emulate via protectionist beggar-thy-neighbour policies. This will bring inflation. If governments augment ...




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