Interest Rates / Policy

Sluggish factory activity sets global tone for second quarter

Sluggish factory activity sets global tone for second quarter

Published 02/05/2016

BENGALURU/SYDNEY Asian factories barely grew in April and those in the euro zone did little better despite heavy discounting, setting a sluggish tone on Monday [more…]

Asia stocks, dollar slip as markets await Fed, BOJ meetings

Asia stocks, dollar slip as markets await Fed, BOJ meetings

Published 25/04/2016

TOKYO Asian shares and the dollar dropped on Monday as investors took profits from the currency's recent gains ahead of central bank meetings in the [more…]

BOJ likely to debate easing, policy decision a close call

BOJ likely to debate easing, policy decision a close call

Published 25/04/2016

TOKYO Japan's central bank is likely to cut its price forecasts on Thursday and debate whether a strong yen, weak global demand and soft consumption [more…]

Fed seen holding rates this week with hike still on horizon

Fed seen holding rates this week with hike still on horizon

Published 25/04/2016

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers are expected to hold interest rates steady when they meet this week, but may tweak their description of [more…]

DoubleLine’s Gundlach says negative interest rates are a ‘horror’

DoubleLine’s Gundlach says negative interest rates are a ‘horror’

Published 23/04/2016

VIENNA Europe and Japan's central bank policies of negative interest rates are a "horror" and will run counter to the desired effect, Jeffrey Gundlach, the [more…]

Euro zone agrees Greece must prepare contingency reform package

Euro zone agrees Greece must prepare contingency reform package

Published 22/04/2016

AMSTERDAM Greece should prepare a package of additional measures to guarantee it will reach fiscal targets agreed with international lenders to conclude the bailout reform [more…]

Merkel’s Bavarian allies say next ECB president must be German

Merkel’s Bavarian allies say next ECB president must be German

Published 18/04/2016

BERLIN The next president of the European Central Bank should come from Germany, members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies said on Monday.

German conservative [more…]

ECB seeks to mollify Germany after dispute over ‘helicopter money’

ECB seeks to mollify Germany after dispute over ‘helicopter money’

Published 11/04/2016

FRANKFURT Almost a month after stoking a divisive debate about how far it should go in pumping money into the flagging euro zone economy, the [more…]

Australia retailing, inflation slowdown a red flag for rates

Australia retailing, inflation slowdown a red flag for rates

Published 04/04/2016

SYDNEY Australian retail sales were surprisingly muted in February, a red flag for hopes that consumer spending could offset global headwinds and keep the economy [more…]

BlackRock sees no more than 2 U.S. rate hikes in 2016

BlackRock sees no more than 2 U.S. rate hikes in 2016

Published 01/04/2016

NEW YORK The U.S. Federal Reserve will not raise short-term interest rates more than twice, if at all, in 2016, on expectations of slowing hiring [more…]