inflation

Japan's Nikkei

Japan shares hit 15-year peak; yields drop on Fed view

The U.S. dollar was nursing losses in Asia on Thursday while bonds held hefty gains as investors scaled back expectations on how fast, and how far, the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates in coming months and years.

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Janet Yellen

Fed officials worried about hiking rates too soon: minutes

Federal Reserve policymakers expressed concern last month that raising interest rates too soon could pour cold water on the U.S. economic recovery, and fretted over the impact of dropping "patient" from the central bank's rate guidance.

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Bank of Japan

BOJ sticks to stimulus plan, is upbeat on output despite weak rebound from recession

The Bank of Japan maintained its massive asset buying stimulus spree on Wednesday and revised up its view on exports and output, even as data showing only a feeble recovery from recession tempers its optimism.

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McDonald's restaurant

McDonald's to slow Russia expansion due to fall in rouble

McDonald's Corp. (MCD.N) will open fewer new restaurants in Russia this year than last because a fall in the rouble has increased expansion costs and is hurting consumers, its Russian chief executive Khamzat Khasbulatov told Reuters.

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Central Bank of Russia

Russian central bank makes surprise interest rate cut

Russia's central bank unexpectedly cut its main interest rate on Friday as fears of recession mount in the country following the fall in global oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

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NYSE

U.S. economy cools in fourth quarter, but consumer spending shines

U.S. economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter as weak business spending and a wider trade deficit offset the fastest pace of consumer spending since 2006.

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Japanese Yen Notes

BOJ set to watch and wait as Abe team urges caution on fresh easing

The Bank of Japan has put monetary policy on hold and found backing for its wait-and-see stance from advisors to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who worry more easing could send the yen to damagingly low levels, according to officials in the administration and central bank.

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Jens Weidmann

Bundesbank's Weidmann: It's in interest of Greek government to do reforms

Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann said Greece, where an anti-bailout party looks set to win a snap election, would continue to need aid and would only get this by sticking to agreements, adding he hoped the new government would not make promises the country could not afford.

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Venezuelan bolivar notes

Venezuela's currency woes an increasing threat to U.S. corporate profits

Venezuela's deepening economic troubles, and in particular the weakness of the bolivar and restrictive currency controls, have hurt U.S. corporate profits for the fourth quarter of 2014 and are set to inflict further pain this year.

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European Central Bank

ECB to decide on bond-buying plan for reviving euro zone economy

The European Central Bank is poised to announce a plan on Thursday to buy government bonds, resorting to its last big policy tool for breathing life into the flagging euro zone economy and fending off deflation.

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Crude Oil

Brent crude oil rises above $48.50, but outlook remains weak

Oil prices edged up on Wednesday in a further sign of support around current levels, but analysts said the outlook for the next six months remained bleak due to oversupply.

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Japan

BOJ cuts inflation forecast, expands loan scheme instead of QQ

The Bank of Japan cut next fiscal year's inflation forecast on Wednesday and expanded a loan scheme aimed at boosting lending, acting to deflect criticism that it is sitting idly as slumping oil prices keep inflation well short of its target.

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Tampon

Argentina: What the tampon rumpus says about the troubled country

Argentines have been complaining for a while now about the country's product shortages. And, until recently, the government has managed to brush aside such protests, which have centered around Argentina's import restrictions.

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European Central Bank

Looking to the ECB to move the dial

After a head-spinning bout of volatility, next week will be dominated by one question: Will the European Central Bank take the ultimate policy leap or pull its punches?

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chicago

Washington wonders why investors asking for less inflation compensation

The Obama administration is asking Wall Street to explain why the yields investors are demanding to compensate them for inflation have dropped since August, the U.S. Treasury said on Friday.

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