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Central Banks

Surprise! New arrow in central banks' quiver as rate slashing and money printing reach best-by date

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

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.

30 Apr 2013 - 4:28am

Adding shine to stimulus

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

Quantitative easing endgame is nothing to lose sleep over

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

Banking on the group

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

Investing for abnormal times

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

Action by leading central banks raises hopes for Asian economic growth

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

Banks boost economies

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

Danger stock market bull run may soon run out of steam

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

Further easing on horizon amid jump in bank loans

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

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