Central Banks Split on Stimulus in 2014 as Fed Tapers

The united stimulus front of central banks is starting to splinter as 2014 dawns. The Federal Reserve — soon to be led byJanet Yellen, confirmed today by the Senate as the next chairman — begins pulling back on its quantitative easing amid stronger U.S. growth, and the Bank of England is trying to cool its housing market. […]

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BOJ Struggles to Convince on 2% as Abenomics Shine Fades

Half a year after Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda unleashed record monetary easing, economists see the bank failing to meet its inflation target, underscoring the case for stronger steps to revive the economy. While the median estimate of BOJ board members released last week showed the bank expects consumer prices to rise 1.9 percent in the 2015 fiscal […]

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Central Banks Drop Tightening Talk as Easy Money Goes On

The Bank of Canada’s dropping of language about the need for future interest-rate increases and today’s decisions by central banks in Norway, Sweden and the Philippines to leave their rates on hold unite them with counterparts in reinforcing rather than retracting loose monetary policy. The Federal Reserve delayed a pullback in asset purchases, while emerging markets from Hungary to Chile cut […]

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Soros Adviser Turned Lawmaker Sees Crisis by 2020: Japan Credit

“Takeshi Fujimaki, a former adviser to billionaire George Soros and now a member of Japan’s upper house of parliament, said a fiscal crisis in Asia’s second-biggest economy is inevitable and neither a higher sales tax nor the 2020 Olympics will be able to stop it. “I decided to become a politician because I think financial […]

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Abe Adviser Hamada Doubts Japan Economy Showing Real Improvement

“Koichi Hamada, an adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said it was too early to know whether Japan’s economy has turned the corner under the economic policies known as Abenomics. “Various economic indicators, including investment data, are picking up, but I’m not sure if they show a meaningful improvement,” Hamada said at an event today […]

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BOJ Seen Adding Stimulus by June as 2% Inflation Elusive

“The Bank of Japan will expand its record easing by June next year as inflation remains distant from its 2 percent target, according to a survey of economists by Bloomberg News. Twenty of 26 analysts expect more stimulus in the next 10 months, while all said the bank would keep policy on hold at a two-day meeting […]

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