Friday, 24 November 2017
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Thursday, 23 November 2017 02:15 WIB

The Federal Reserve in early November viewed a "near-term" increase in interest rates as likely, but top officials also expressed more alarm about persistently low inflation in a sign the bank might not be aggressive in 2018 as previously expected. The language from the Fed's Oct. 31-Nov. 1 meeting was softer than in the September discussions, reflecting worries that low inflation might also be a result of "developments that could prove more persistent," according to the Fed minutes released Wednesday. Despite the nagging doubt the Fed still appears on the cusp of raise interest rates...

Yellen Says It’s Dangerous to Allow Inflation to Drift Lower
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 07:55 WIB | Yellen

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned that raising interest rates too quickly risked stranding inflation below the U.S. central banks 2 percent target and said thered been œsome hint that expectations for future price increases may be drifting down. œIt can be quite dangerous to allow inflation to drift down and not to achieve over time a central banks inflation target, she said Tuesday, while also discussing perils of leaving rates too low for too long. œOne reason its dangerous is because inflation expectations are likely to also drift down and...

RBA Frets Over Wage Growth, Signaling Rates to Remain on Hold
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 08:48 WIB | RBA

Australia central bank signaled less confidence in the outlook for fatter pay packets, despite faster full-time hiring, suggesting interest rates may remain lower for longer, in minutes of its November board meeting. There was œconsiderable uncertainty around when and how quickly wage pressures might emerge and about how much these would add to inflationary pressure. More positively, forward indicators œsuggested there were more upside risks to the non-mining investment forecast than there had been for some time. The labor markets recovery since late 2016 œhad...

Janet Yellen announces she's leaving the Fed
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 02:45 WIB | Yellen Moneter

Janet Yellen on Monday announced she will step down from the Federal Reserve, after not being nominated for a second term of running the central bank. Yellen, the first woman to run the central bank, could have stayed on at the Fed as a governor, even as President Trump opted to replace her with Jerome Powell. But Yellen, who also was vice chair to Bernanke, served as a governor at the Alan Greenspan Fed, and was president of the San Francisco Fed, said it was her great privilege and honor to serve at the Fed over three decades. œAs I prepare to leave the Board, I am gratified that the...

Draghi Confident Higher Pay Will One Day Fan Euro-Area Inflation
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 00:20 WIB | EUROPE ECB Mario Draghi

Mario Draghi said falling unemployment will eventually spur inflation in the euro region, even if theres little sign of that just yet. The European Central Bank president has been frustrated by how little workers have managed to increase their pay, perhaps because theyre basing demands on the low inflation of the past few years or because they are more concerned about job security. Draghi on Monday argued many of the factors holding workers back are œtransitory, but that subdued inflation pressures highlight a need for further monetary support. That migrants, women, and old...

ECB Draghi Says Extension of QE Has Anchored Rate Expectations
Friday, 17 November 2017 16:50 WIB | ECB Mario Draghi

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi says in speech in Frankfurt that with the decision to extend QE at a slower monthly pace, the signalling effect of asset purchases has œnaturally increased in prominence relative to the duration effect. œRobust recovery means economy œmay be becoming more resilient to new shocks. œWhile we are confident in the recovery, we still need a patient and persistent approach to our monetary policy to ensure that medium-term price stability is achieved. œA sustained adjustment is one where the return of headline...

Hong Kong, Shanghai stocks up after sell-off

Hong Kong stocks bounced back on Friday from the previous day's losses, while Shanghai edged up after a sharp drop, but traders remained on edge over China's crackdown on speculative investing. The Hang Seng Index added 0.53 percent, or 158.38...

Stocks in Europe Edge Higher; Dollar Halts Decline

Stocks in Europe gained, while the dollar halted three days of losses as Treasury yields rose in sluggish post-Thanksgiving trading. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index increased 0.1 percent as of 8:07 a.m. London time. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index...

USD/JPY clings to strong recovery gains near mid-111.00s

Having defended the 111.00 handle in the previous session, the USD/JPY pair caught some strong bids and staged a goodish recovery move this Friday. The FOMC minutes-led US Dollar selling pressure has now abated and prompted some short-covering on...

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