Thursday, 21 June 2018
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Wednesday, 20 June 2018 21:12 WIB

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell repeated the case he's laid out for raising interest rates to keep the world's largest economy on a sustainable path, citing broad support among his colleagues at the U.S. central bank. 'With unemployment low and expected to decline further, inflation close to our objective, and the risks to the outlook roughly balanced, the case for continued gradual increases in the federal funds rate is strong,' he said in opening remarks Wednesday at a European Central Bank forum in Sintra, Portugal. His comments come a week after the Fed raised rates...

Draghi: ECB to Be Patient in Determining Timing of First Hike
Tuesday, 19 June 2018 15:41 WIB | ECB Mario Draghi

ECB's 'enhanced forward guidance clearly signals that we will remain patient in determining the timing of the first rate rise and will take a gradual approach to adjusting policy thereafter,' ECB President Mario Draghi says in speech at ECB Forum in Sintra, Portugal. œAfter the end of net asset purchases, the main tool for shaping our policy stance will become the path of our key policy rates and forward guidance about their likely evolution. œWe have stated that we stand ready to adjust all of our instruments as appropriate to ensure that inflation continues to move towards our...

BOJ Keeps Policy Unchanged, Downgrades Assessment of Inflation
Friday, 15 June 2018 10:01 WIB | Fiskal & Moneter Moneter

The Bank of Japan left monetary policy unchanged even as it downgraded its assessment of inflation, falling further behind its global peers at the end of a busy week for central banks. The BOJ maintained the settings on its yield-curve control program and asset purchases, it said in a statement Friday, a result forecast by all 45 economistssurveyed by Bloomberg. The central bank downgraded its assessment of inflation after raising it in January. It said it now sees the consumer price index in a range of 0.5 percent to 1.0 percent. While the BOJ struggles, the Federal Reserve...

ECB plans to bring its bond-buying program to a close in December
Thursday, 14 June 2018 19:16 WIB |

The European Central Bank on Thursday said it would look to wind down its bond-buying program by the end of the year. The ECB, in a statement following a meeting of the Governing Council, said it would continue its program of buying 30 billion euros a month of bonds through September, as planned. Beginning in October, the ECB plans to reduce its purchases to 15 billion euros a month through the end of December, then bringing them to an end. The ECB, as expected, left interest rates unchanged. Source: Marketwatch

Fed Hikes Interest Rates, Now Sees 4 Moves This Year
Thursday, 14 June 2018 01:14 WIB | Federal Reserve The Fed

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday voted to raise its benchmark federal-funds rate by a quarter-percentage point to a range of 1.75% and 2% and said it expected to raise rates four times this year, up from a forecast of three in March. The move did not reflect a major shift in the Feds thinking. The œdot-plot shows only one official switched to a slightly higher interest-rate path. And the difference between three and four moves this year remains extremely narrow. Eight Fed officials said they expected interest rates to rise at least four times while seven forecast three rate...

Fed's Powell Says Central Bankers Facing a `Challenging Moment'
Friday, 25 May 2018 20:46 WIB | The Fed

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said central banks shouldn't take their independence for granted at a time when trust in public institutions is at "historic lows," requiring extra effort to explain both their monetary and regulatory policies. "This is a challenging moment for central banking," Powell said in the text of a speech prepared for delivery Friday in Stockholm. It is "critically important to provide transparency and accountability." Declaring "there can be no macroeconomic stability without financial stability," Powell spent much of his speech discussing...

Gold logs a fresh 2018 low as metal extends downturn

Gold futures settled lower on Wednesday and marked a fresh nadir for 2018 as overall strength in dollar eroded appetite for the precious yellow metal. August gold retreated by $4.10, or 0.3%, to settle at $1,274.50 an ounce. That was the lowest...

Dow threatens 7-day losing streak; tech rally sends Nasdaq to a record

U.S. equity benchmarks mostly rose in afternoon trading on Wednesday, though the Dow threatened to extend its recent losing streak to a seventh straight session, while gains in technology stocks helped to lift the broader market. The Dow Jones...

European Stocks Stage Recovery, But U.S.-China Trade Tensions Remain

European stocks on Wednesday bounced off a nearly three-week low, staging a recovery as traders came to terms with the further deterioration in the trade relationship between the U.S. and China that sent equities world-wide tumbling in the prior...

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Japan's Abe Announces Plans for 2 Trillion Yen Spending Package
Monday, 25 September 2017 15:27 WIB

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Monday that he would seek to implement a 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) spending package to expand access to education and cut waiting times at...

BOJ Keeps Policy Unchanged, Downgrades Assessment of Inflation
Friday, 15 June 2018 10:01 WIB

The Bank of Japan left monetary policy unchanged even as it downgraded its assessment of inflation, falling further behind its global peers at the end of a busy week for central...