LATEST NEWS : Draghi Devaluing Euro Cheers ECB as Inflation Seen Fading

Mario Draghi’s strategy for reviving the euro area looks like devaluation. While the European Central Bank president says the exchange rate isn’t a policy target, officials aren’t secretive about their approval of the currency’s almost 10 percent slide. The depreciation increases the cost of imports and boosts exporters’ competitiveness, aiding the effort to revive inflation […]

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LATEST NEWS : SNB Won’t Exclude Negative Interest Rates, Spokesman Meier Says

The Swiss National Bank is willing to take further measures such as negative interest rates if pressure on the franc intensifies, spokesman Walter Meier said today. “If needed we would take extra measures, with a negative rate a conceivable option,” Meier said by phone from Zurich, adding that this was the SNB’s standard comment. The […]

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LATEST NEWS : Draghi Poised to Keep Rate-Cut Option Even After June Move

Mario Draghi is likely to signal that any interest-rate cut this week won’t necessarily be the final one, according to two euro-area central bank officials. The European Central Bank president will probably reiterate his commitment to keep borrowing costs at present or lower levels, the people said, asking not to be identified because the talks aren’t […]

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ECB Keeps Rate at Record Low as Officials Weigh Forecasts

he European Central Bank kept its benchmark rate unchanged at a record low after policy makers assessed new economic forecasts. The Governing Council meeting in Frankfurt today left the main refinancing rate at 0.25 percent after cutting it by a quarter point last month. The decision was predicted by all 60 economists in a Bloomberg survey. […]

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ECB Cuts Key Rate to Record Low to Fight Deflation Threat

The European Central Bank cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low after a drop in inflation to the slowest pace in four years threatened its mission to keep prices stable. Policy makers meeting in Frankfurt today reduced the main refinancing rate by a quarter point to 0.25 percent. The decision was predicted by […]

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A U.S. Default Seen as Catastrophe Dwarfing Lehman’s Fall

“Anyone who remembers the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. little more than five years ago knows what a global financial disaster is. A U.S. government default, just weeks away if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling as it now threatens to do, will be an economic calamity like none the world has ever […]

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