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RBA starts three-year countdown to lift in interest rates

Jul 06, 2021 08:55 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

In line with expectations, the Reserve Bank of Australia has announced it will keep official interest rates on hold at 0.10%. But is also ready to start tapering off its unconventional monetary policy measures...

Central Banking Series

It's not the Reserve Bank's job to worry about housing prices

Jun 12, 2021 07:15 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

Once again folks are pointing to the potential danger of Australias low interest rates. This week a poll of so-called market economists by ratings agency Fitch had only 12% of respondents in favour of the Reserve Bank...

The RBA wants to cut unemployment, and nothing — not even soaring home prices — will stand in its way

May 09, 2021 09:21 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

Ahead of the definitive official read of the economy from the treasury in the budget on Tuesday, the Reserve Bank has given us two special insights into its own thinking in the space of 14 hours. They suggest that...

The Bank of Canada must seize the pandemic moment and do more for Canadians

May 09, 2021 09:17 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

The Bank of Canada, like central banks around the world, is currently facing enormous upheaval and uncertainty due to the enduring COVID-19 pandemic. Will its leadership seize the moment as an opportunity to innovate...

Bank Indonesia keeps key interest rate on hold at 3.75 pct

Dec 17, 2020 12:57 pm UTC| Commentary Central Banks

The Indonesian central bank stood pat today, maintaining the policy rate at 3.75 percent. Bank Indonesia maintained its growth projections at -1 percent to -2 percent for 2020, and 4.8 percent to 5.8 percent for the next...

Philippine central bank cuts key policy rate by 25 bps, likely to further cut rates in 2021

Nov 19, 2020 17:30 pm UTC| Commentary Central Banks

The Philippine central bank, BSP, lowered its overnight reverse repurchase rate by 25 basis points to 2 percent. The curt was linked to unfavourable external and domestic factors, such as elevated global uncertainty,...

Bank Indonesia lowers interest rate by 25 bps to 3.75 pct, unlikely to cut further

Nov 19, 2020 16:25 pm UTC| Commentary Central Banks

Indonesian central bank lowered its key policy rate by 25 basis points to 3.75 percent. Todays cut is the first since July. The decision to cut rate reflects a desire to help the economic rebound and comes on the back of a...

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Economy

Amazon fulfills giveaway pledge for vaccinated workers by handing out new cars and $100,000 payouts

Amazon handed out cash and free cars to its warehouse workers who already received their doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. It was reported that the e-commerce and tech firm gave away $100,000 cash bonuses this month for...

McDonald's revamping Happy Meal toys to be eco-friendly

McDonalds revealed earlier this week that it would make significant changes to its Happy Meal toys in an effort to cut the use of plastic. The fast-food chains meal package for kids always comes with a toy, and they are...

Freddie Mercury NFTs up for auction for AIDS charity

Four non-fungible token (NFT) artworks inspired by the late Freddie Mercury of band Queen are being auctioned off for charity to mark the British singer-songwriters 75th birthday. Three of the NFTs show an image of...

NBA's Philadelphia 76ers taps Crypto.com as jersey patch and NFT partner

The NBAs Philadelphia 76ers have tapped Crypto.com as their partner for the jersey patch deal for the 2021-2022 season and on releasing a non-fungible token series. According to 76ers President Chris Heck, by weaving...

Politics

Capitol insurrection: Michael Flynn's private security force reportedly on the ground on January 6

Several key individuals of the Trump administration and of the former president himself are emerging as links to the Capitol insurrection last January 6. A report revealed that Michael Flynns private security force was...

Joe Biden says US will donate additional 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses

This week, US President Joe Biden hosted a COVID-19 summit amongst his counterparts. At the virtual event, Biden pledged that the US will donate an additional 500 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to other...

Mary Trump weighs in on latest lawsuit by uncle Donald Trump

This week, former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against his niece Mary Trump and the New York Times. Ms. Trump appeared to shrug the latest lawsuit against her by her uncle, saying that this is the norm within the...

Kamala Harris immigration: VP blasts expulsion of Haitian migrants from border

To this day, thousands of migrants are still at the southern border of the US, looking to enter the country even in the midst of the pandemic. This week, US Vice President Kamala Harris blasted the recent incidents of...

Science

UK industry group warns CO2 crisis poses a risk of meat shortage

An industry group has warned of carbon dioxide (CO2) shortage in the UK within the week due to a sharp rise in gas prices that could result in meat supply issues. The gas price hie has forced domestic energy suppliers...

S. Korea's POSCO, Hyundai to use oyster shell waste for steelmaking

S. Korean steelmakers POSCO and Hyundai Steel Co. will start using oyster shells as a secondary base material for producing steel. Both firms have been developing a recycling technology with a local oyster shell...

S. Korea to develop solar-powered drone that could carry 20 kg to stratosphere

South Korea will invest 37.47 billion won in developing a solar-powered drone that could carry over 20 kilograms in the stratosphere and with natural disaster monitoring capability by 2025. The drone will serve as an...

S. Korean scientists develop 3D printing ink from sunflower pollen

A group of South Korean scientists from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore managed to develop 3D printing ink material from sunflower pollen. The research team led by professor Cho Nam-joon first incubated...

Kumho Petrochemical to produce eco-friendly rubber compound out of rice bran

Kumho Petrochemical Co. will produce an eco-friendly synthetic rubber compound made of rice bran-based bio-silica. Silica improves fuel efficiency, braking power, and wear resistance of synthetic rubber for...

Technology

Nintendo announces next ‘Direct’ showcase happening on September 23

Nintendo surprised fans this week with the announcement of the next Nintendo Direct showcase. While the video game company has announced when and where fans can watch the presentation, gamers are still left guessing what...

Best Buy restocks PS5, Xbox Series X/S in-store on September 23

Best Buy has officially announced it is having an in-store restock of PS5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles later this week. The major retailer, however, noted that there are only limited quantities available. In an...

Orca joins ‘Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate’ development

Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate will be the next main title installment for the popular Japanese role-playing game series from Square Enix. While details about the game, its plot, and features are still very scarce,...

Apple confirms update to make iPhone 13 Pro’s macro photography optional

While the iPhone 13 series looks almost identical to the 2020 iPhones, it actually comes with several hardware upgrades. In the camera department, Apple introduced a native macro photography feature on the iPhone 13 Pro...
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