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Japan government turns more cautious on weak factory output

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s government turned slightly more cautious about factory output and flagged a risk that April’s sales-tax hike could have prolonged effects, a sign that the world’s third-biggest economy is struggling with the higher tax and further stimulus might be warranted.<p>In its monthly …

Pressure builds within Fed to signal new policy course

JACKSON HOLE Wyo. (Reuters) - Pressure is building within the Federal Reserve for officials to move as early as next month to more clearly acknowledge improvements in the U.S. economy and lay the groundwork for the central bank’s first interest rate hike in nearly a decade.<p>According to some U.S. …

German finmin sees quick economic recovery after weak second quarter: Spiegel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s finance ministry expects Europe’s biggest economy to bounce back after a weak second quarter and thinks growth may even exceed the government’s current forecast of 1.8 percent for this year, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Sunday.<p>“There is a chance of more favorable …

G20 edging towards deal on 'bail-in' bond cushion for banks

LONDON (Reuters) - Government leaders are expected to agree in November that the world’s top banks must issue special bonds to increase the amount of capital which can be tapped in a crisis instead of calling on taxpayers to come to the rescue, industry and G20 officials said.<p>The bonds, known as …

Ukraine-Russia clash sparks global rush for safety of bonds and gold

Shares dumped in flight to safe haven bonds and gold on reports of Ukraine attack on Russian convoy<p>Stocks are down and safe-haven gold is climbing as investors took fright at escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine.<p>Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko earlier said artillery destroyed a …

BoE's Carney says rise in real wages not pre-condition for rate hike

LONDON (Reuters) - Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said in a newspaper interview he would not have to wait for real wages to turn positive before raising interest rates.<p>Carney signaled during the Bank’s quarterly inflation report on Wednesday that it remains on course to raise interest rates …

Asian shares firm, count on Fed's support

LONDON (Reuters) - European stocks and the euro fell on Tuesday after shares in Portugal’s biggest listed bank hit a record low, while a plunge in German economic sentiment pushed up borrowing costs for some peripheral euro zone countries.<p>Global stock markets have recently been supported by dovish …

Stocks: 5 things to know before the open

The Dow is sooo close to 17,000 after hitting a new record high Tuesday. Will it get there today?<p>Here are the five things you need to know before the opening bell rings in New York.<p><b>1. More records in sight:</b> U.S. stock futures were slightly higher Wednesday, leaving investors guessing whether the …

Asian shares slip, global bond yields down on growth concerns

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares were mostly in the red on Friday, weighed down by a weak performance on Wall Street and doubts about the strength of the U.S. economy, which pushed bonds higher.<p>Japan’s benchmark Nikkei fell 1.5 percent and regional markets, with the exception of Wellington and …

Stratfor on American Grand Strategy in Iraq and Ukraine

"Limiting wars to those that are in the national interest and can be won eliminates many wars." You wouldn't think politicians and thinkers would need to be reminded of this point, but they do.<p>Yesterday I presented William Polk's assessment of America's strategic opportunities, and limits, in Iraq, …

China Housing Slump Hits More Than Houses

Construction Wages, Furniture Demand Decline as Housing Prices Fall<p>YINCHUAN, China—China's housing slump is affecting other parts of the world's No. 2 economy, hitting everything from construction-worker wages to furniture demand to sales at Yang Limin's steelyard in this dusty northern Chinese …

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January 5, 2018<p>Get the popcorn ready.<p>Netflix shares are up 1.4 per cent to a new all-time high of $208.73 on Friday after the video-streaming service …

Stocks rise after ISM data, euro down ahead of ECB meeting

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - U.S. shares rebounded on Wednesday after strong data on the U.S. services sector, while soft European economic data weighed on European equities and weakened the euro a day ahead of a closely watched European Central Bank policy meeting.<p>Better-than-expected U.S. services …

Japan inflation rate hits 23-year high

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/1080000/1080671_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518156436_f1d0465787e3bde164915b555609fc27<p><b>Consumer prices in Japan rose at their fastest pace in 23 years in April, following an increases in sales tax.</b><p>Prices rose 3.2% compared with the …

Economics

Li’s Balancing Act by Zhang Jun

SHANGHAI – Three years of persistent economic slowdown have rattled Chinese economists and policymakers. Financial analysts are in a tizzy over …

China

Fed's Lockhart sees growth rebound, no rush to raise rates

BATON ROUGE (Reuters) - The U.S. economy should rebound to a roughly 3 percent annual growth rate after a rocky start to 2014 and put the Federal Reserve on track to raise rates later next year, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart said on Tuesday.<p>Lockhart, who does not currently …

RBS to Eliminate Hundreds of U.S. Jobs Before Fed Rules

Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, Britain’s largest state-owned lender, plans to cut hundreds of U.S. jobs while shrinking its mortgage-trading …

Property sector slowdown adds to China fears

China’s economy is sputtering as evidence mounts that a nationwide property bubble is on the point of bursting.<p>Virtually every indicator for economic …

Which Market is Right?

I find it rather entertaining when different markets are relaying very different messages. The 10 year treasury yield ended 2013 with a yield of …

Associated Press News

Japan's 20-Year Deflationary Spiral Is About To End

Japan raised its consumption tax rate in 1997 – a recession soon followed as well as a deflationary spiral which has lasted to this day. With this month’s hike in the consumption tax from 5% to 8%, investors are fearful that history may repeat itself.<p>This fear ignores several key differences. …

This Week Is Totally Stacked With Major Economic Events — Here's Your Complete Preview

There's a huge wave of economic data coming this week.<p>The all-important April U.S. jobs report will be published on Friday. Before that, we'll get an estimate of Q1 U.S. GDP growth. We'll also get the results of manufacturing surveys (PMI and ISM) from around the world.<p>On Tuesday and Wednesday, the …

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