After slashing interest rates to almost nothing and printing trillions of dollars, central banks are becoming increasingly reliant on another policy weapon: sucker punching markets.Monday, 11 November, 2013, 1:47pm
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.30 Apr 2013 - 4:28am
The slump in gold may hand activist central bankers more reasons to pursue the easy monetary policy that helped drive up the metal's price in the first place.18 Apr 2013 - 5:33am
With the world's major central banks printing money at unprecedented rates to fund governments' ballooning deficits, some investors are worried about a generalised collapse in the bond markets.18 Apr 2013 - 5:33am 1 comment
The proportion of loans to total debt arranged in the Asia-Pacific region outside Japan shrank to 66 per cent last year, the least since 2009, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.1 Feb 2013 - 5:22am
The US stock market is close to all-time highs. Interest rate cuts and the demand for yield have generated strong returns in bonds.
Greek bonds recently doubled in "value" from around 13 per cent of face value to the high 20s, although they have fallen back a little.12 Nov 2012 - 3:19am
The world's three major central banks have given a "sugar boost" to equity markets in the past couple of weeks.23 Sep 2012 - 10:34am
With the economic climate in Europe and China deteriorating, central banks have intervened to pump more money into these economies.
The banks announced stimulus measures in rapid succession, acting on concerns over deteriorating global growth.17 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
World stock markets have enjoyed a handsome bull run over the eight weeks since the beginning of the year.
This week America's Dow Jones Industrial Average topped the 13,000 mark, a level it hasn't seen since May 2008, months before the implosion of Lehman Brothers signalled the US credit crunch had shifted to a new and altogether more painful dimension.23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am
Rapid loan growth on the mainland last month might be an indication that Beijing could carry out further monetary easing as it braces for possible shocks from the United States and Europe.10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
A concerned reader writes in to ask how a break-up of the euro would affect businesses in Asia. 'What would happen to the euro deposits in my HSBC account? How would I pay my suppliers in Europe?'30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
'A spokesman for the palace said King Canute would command the waters to cease rising in order stop the flooding of low-lying areas, as last month's official data showed the tide was still rising.'
Viking Times, 1008 AD11 Jan 2008 - 12:00am
Bank lifts borrowing costs by 25 basis points to 4pc amid robust growth in eurozone
The European Central Bank raised its key interest rate by 25 basis points to 4 per cent as expected yesterday to combat inflationary dangers in a strongly expanding economy.7 Jun 2007 - 12:00am
It now really is getting past time to hang out a warning flag on the performance of most Asian stock markets.
With share prices outside Japan up a weighted average of more than 100 per cent in US dollar terms over the past 10 months and 60 per cent over the past five months alone, euphoria and self-congratulation have broken out everywhere.8 Jul 1999 - 12:00am
Optimism for an international peace deal in Kosovo saw the euro stage a sharp rebound yesterday after plumbing new depths against the US dollar on Wednesday.4 Jun 1999 - 12:00am