inflation

US Federal Reserve

Has the Fed's 'patience' been exhausted?

For a world economy coming to terms with a soaring dollar and a plunge in oil prices, this week will be all about the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy meeting and its intentions on interest rates.

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Nasdaq Marketsite

Investors in 'patient panic' over Fed language

Forget the 2013 "taper tantrum." U.S. stock markets are in the midst of a "'patient' panic" ahead of Wednesday's Federal Reserve statement, when many investors expect a change in the Fed's language that would send the clearest signal yet that a rate hike is coming soon.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Despite Netanyahu claim, cheap oil not seen swaying Iran behavior

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the United States this week to take a tough line against Iran, he argued that world powers could always push for a better nuclear deal because the Islamic Republic was vulnerable to low oil prices.

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People's Bank of China

China central bank says M2 growth expectations should be flexible: report

China should remain flexible on M2 growth expectations and not be overly concerned about meeting numerical targets, People's Bank of China chief Zhou Xiaochuan told a news conference, the official Shanghai Securities News reported.

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Charles Evans

Fed's Evans wants no rate hikes until early 2016

The Federal Reserve should wait until next year before raising interest rates or risk undermining the very recovery it has helped engineer, a top U.S. central banker said on Wednesday.

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Shopper

Euro zone Feb prices fall less than expected, unemployment down

Euro zone consumer prices fell by less than expected in February while unemployment eased in January for the third month in a row, offering signs that the risks of economic stagnation and deflation in the bloc are falling.

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Janet Yellen

Near Fed majority backs June liftoff Yellen hasn't yet endorsed

Janet Yellen's premium on consensus may lead to a Federal Reserve decision the chair hasn't yet endorsed, as a near majority aligns in favor of a possible June interest rate hike.

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BOJ's Governor Kuroda

BOJ Kuroda strikes back at QE critics, defends price goal timeframe

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda defended his two-year timeframe for achieving his ambitious inflation target, warning that adopting a relaxed approach to the deadline would undermine efforts to break the country out of the shackles of deflation.

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Hospital

Private equity 'walks on eggshells' as funds eye Brazil hospitals

Brazilian hospitals and health clinics are drawing strong interest from global buyout firms after the government recently decided to allow foreign ownership of those facilities, although the suitors may find only a few promising targets.

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Arun Jaitley (C)

India's Jaitley goes for growth, delays cut in fiscal deficit

India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday announced a budget aimed at high growth, saying the pace of cutting the fiscal deficit would slow as he seeks to boost investment and ensure that ordinary people benefit.

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Iron worker Tyler Brown leans on a safety fence to look at the New York skyline

U.S. economy slowed in fourth quarter, but growth outlook still favorable

U.S. economic growth braked more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter amid a moderate increase in business inventories and a wider trade deficit, but strong domestic demand brightened the outlook.

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James Bullard

Fed's Bullard sees spring price rebound, summer rate hike: CNBC

The Federal Reserve should make a change to its policy statement next month that would allow it to monitor inflation readings through the spring and then hike interest rates some time in the summer, a top Fed official said on Thursday.

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Janet Yellen

Fed's Yellen flags rate hikes on 'meeting-by-meeting' basis

The Federal Reserve is preparing to consider interest rate hikes "on a meeting-by-meeting basis," Fed Chair Janet Yellen told a congressional committee on Tuesday, a subtle shift of emphasis that helps lay the groundwork for the Fed's first rate hike since 2006.

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Yen Dollar

BOJ under pressure as some board members question inflation target

Three members of the Bank of Japan's policy board expressed doubts the central bank can meet its inflation target because of a slowdown in underlying prices and falling oil, pointing to chinks in the BOJ's strategy to spark sustainable growth.

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Charles Plosser

Poor Fed communication risks market 'snap back,' Plosser warns

Verbal missteps by the U.S. Federal Reserve have increased the risk of a volatile market reaction when the time comes to raise interest rates, the outgoing president of the Philadelphia Fed said in an interview on Friday.

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