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Bank of Japan holds off additional monetary easing

The Bank of Japan on Tuesday painted an upbeat picture of the world's number three economy and stood pat on its monetary easing programme as it assesses the impact of a controversial sales tax rise. Policymakers decided to hold fire on the multi-billion-dollar asset-purchase scheme introduced in April last year as part of a drive by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to drag the country out of years of deflation and slumbering growth.

BOJ maintains ultraloose monetary policy, economic assessment

The Bank of Japan decided Tuesday to keep intact ultraloose monetary easing to beat deflation and retained for the seventh consecutive month its assessment that the domestic economy is recovering moderately, while saying it is keeping a close eye on the possible adverse impact of the April 1 consumption tax hike.

Ukraine crisis key topic in G-20 finance chiefs' meeting: U.S. official

The unfolding crisis in Ukraine and growing geopolitical risks it poses to the global economy will be key topics in this week's Group of 20 finance chiefs' meeting, a U.S. official said Monday. The Ukraine crisis and Russia's annexation of Crimea "will certainly be discussed in bilateral and other discussions" in the G-20 meeting, the senior official of the U.S. Treasury Department told reporters on condition of anonymity.

BOK likely to freeze key rate for 11th month in April

SEOUL, April 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's central bank is expected to freeze the key interest rate for the 11th straight month for April at the first rate-setting meeting with a new chief at the helm amid economic recovery, a poll showed Monday. All 13 analysts surveyed by Yonhap Infomax, the financial news arm of Yonhap News Agency, forecast that the Bank of Korea (BOK) will leave the benchmark seven-day repo rate unchanged at 2.5 percent on Thursday.

More Wall Street economists see rate hike in first half of 2015: Reuters poll

By Richard Leong (Reuters) - More Wall Street economists now believe the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in the first half of 2015, as evidence builds that the U.S. economy has regained some momentum lost during an unusually rough winter, a survey showed on Friday. Eight of 18 U.S. primary dealers said they expected the U.S. central bank to increase its policy rate by the end of June next year, according to a poll conducted by Reuters among the Wall Street's top 22 firms that do business directly with the Fed.

Asian shares mixed, US jobs data in view

Asian markets were mixed Friday with mild profit-taking following a healthy week of gains, with the focus now on the release of US jobs data later in the day. The euro extended losses seen in Europe and New York after the head of the European Central Bank said its board had talked about monetary easing and interest rate cuts, with the 18-nation zone threatened by deflation.

Asian shares mixed, US jobs data in view

Asian markets were mixed Friday with mild profit-taking following a healthy week of gains, with the focus now on the release of US jobs data later in the day. The euro extended losses seen in Europe and New York after the head of the European Central Bank said its board had talked about monetary easing and interest rate cuts, with the 18-nation zone threatened by deflation.

Asian shares dip on profit-taking, US jobs data in view

Asian markets fell on mild profit-taking Friday following a healthy week of gains, with focus now on the release of US jobs data later in the day. The euro extended losses seen in Europe and New York after the head of the European Central Bank said its board had talked about monetary easing and interest rate cuts, with the 18-nation zone threatened by deflation. Tokyo's headline share index slipped 0.18 percent in the morning, Hong Kong eased 0.39 percent, Sydney was 0.12 percent lower while Shanghai lost 0.30 percent and Seoul dipped 0.23 percent.

ECB keeps ammunition dry, but remains on red alert

The European Central Bank kept its gunpowder dry again on Thursday, holding key interest rates unchanged for the fifth month in a row. But it said it remained "resolute in its determination" to ward off the threat of deflation and keep economic recovery on track in the 18 countries that share the euro. As widely expected, the ECB left its central "refi" or refinancing rate unchanged at 0.25 percent at its monthly policy meeting. The last time the ECB pared back eurozone borrowing costs was in November.

Big fear, no action shows ECB limits: James Saft

(James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own) By James Saft (Reuters) - If Mario Draghi's biggest fear has come to pass and yet he does nothing, it follows that he may believe that there is little he can do. Or rather that the costs and risk of what he feels is within the ECB's ambit aren't yet worth the potential benefits. How else to reconcile the ECB's decision to stand pat on monetary policy with the following statement:
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