Japan’s wage trend crucial for BOJ policy outlook

Jan 05, 2016 12:01 pm UTC| Commentary Economy Central Banks

USD/JPY has been moving strongly between the range of 118-120, on unexpected Bank of Japans QQE program on 18 December meeting. The pair has been weighed down in the final sessions of year end by weaker risk sentiment and...

Korea's current account surplus stays high

Jan 05, 2016 03:57 am UTC| Commentary Economy

Koreas current account surplus widened to USD9.4bn in the month of November, from Octobers SD9.1 bn, which came in below expectations, which were based on larger goods balance. Bigger surplus was mainly due to narrow...

Weak domestic demand keeps inflation subdued in Thailand

Jan 05, 2016 03:01 am UTC| Commentary Economy

Thailands core inflation came in at a two-year low of -0.7% (YoY) in Dec15. Core inflation is likely to remain soft in the coming months and this would translate to only a gradual lift to headline inflation in 2016. More...

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China’s economic slowdown in part of the restructuring plan

Jan 05, 2016 02:41 am UTC| Commentary Economy

Chinas economic slowdown is just the beginning. This is part of the grand restructuring plan that has to go through. The persistent weakening of the CNY, a bubbling domestic bond market, and an erratic stock market shall...

Outlook for 2016: middle-class woes, hopeful on wages, the fear factor

Jan 04, 2016 13:35 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Editors note: We asked a few of our regular writers to weigh in on what will (or should) be the key economic themes and issues of 2016 or offer their predictions. Topping the list are the worsening plight of the middle...

Singapore's commerce and financial services offset weak manufacturing

Jan 04, 2016 02:57 am UTC| Commentary Economy

Singapore Q4 GDPs advance estimate has come out more than what the market consensus expected at 5.7% qoq saar. Services has primarily led this upward surprise, with the services output contributing 4.4pp to overall qoq...

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No signs of relief to Fed wondering if they might have jumped the gun in December

Jan 04, 2016 02:55 am UTC| Commentary Central Banks Economy

The data surely arent bringing sighs of relief to any Fed officials wondering if they might have jumped the gun in December. 3Q GDP growth had already dropped to 2% (QoQ, saar) before they pulled the trigger and the higher...

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Spanish economic growth could exceed 2.5 pct for the next 2-4 years - Economy Minister Luis de Guindos

The Spanish economy expanded at 0.7 percent in both the third and fourth quarters of 2016. Spain maintained an economic growth of 3.2 percent in 2016, unchanged from the previous year. The economy expanded for the third...

U.S. Treasuries slightly gain ahead of Fed Chair Yellen’s speech

The U.S. Treasuries gained slightly Tuesday ahead of the Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellens scheduled speech later in the day. Investors reassessed Trumps ability to pass potentially reflationary bills, such as the...

Poland inflation likely to rise further in March, unlikely to have any impact on MPS stance

Poland Marchs flash CPI inflation data is due Friday, and analysts expect Polands inflation to rise further as base effects are still in place and are likely to push the number higher. Driven by a global acceleration in...

German bunds rally on expectations of lower March consumer inflation

The German bunds rallied Tuesday, following expectations of a fall in the countrys consumer price inflation during the month of March. The yield on the benchmark 10-year bond, which moves inversely to its price, slumped...

JGBs trade mixed ahead of February retail sales, consumer inflation

The Japanese government bonds traded mixed Tuesday as investors remain keen to watch the countrys February retail sales as well as consumer price inflation data, scheduled to be released on March 29 and 31...


German election: Merkel’s CDU wins big in regional election

The final crucial election in the European continent will take place in Germany on September 24th. Incumbent German Chancellor Angela Merkel is hoping to become Germanys longest serving chancellor by winning the fourth...

How the Spanish political laboratory is reconfiguring democracy

This article is part of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global initiative with the Sydney Democracy Network. The project aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing democracies in the 21st...

Latin American presidents love Twitter – and that's not a good sign

The Conversation Globals series, Politics in the Age of Social Media, examines how governments around the world rely on digital tools to exercise power. Latin American democracy was born with an original sin: income...

Why polls seem to struggle to get it right – on elections and everything else

I am a professor of mathematics, so my ears perk up when I hear someone say that polls seem inaccurate. The public understandably focuses on polling results and how much these results seem to vary. Take two presidential...

Trump's credibility takes a hit as FBI finds no evidence of Obama 'wiretap'

FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency Director Michael S. Rogers have both testified before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that they do not have any information or evidence to support...


National Science Statement a positive gesture but lacks policy solutions: experts

Today the Australian government launched the National Science Statement, outlining its commitment to science as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda. This comes in advance of the 2030 Strategic Plan, with...

It’s the age of the antibiotic revolution, not apocalypse

Bad news sells papers. Or as Elliot Carver, the media mogul set on world domination in the Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies put it: Theres no news like bad news. As a scientist, my responsibility is to separate fact from...

New Drug Destroys Breast Cancer In 11 Days, Study Indicates

Breast cancer is one of the most frightening diseases that afflict women and even some men in all walks of life. While some treatment plans have been proven to work in the past such as chemotherapy, many of them are too...

Can science produce better passport control officers?

Passport officers often have to scrutinise hundreds of people each day. They have just a few seconds to stare through their glass screens at the impatient and perhaps slightly dishevelled traveller facing them and decide...

Astronomers to peer into a black hole for the first time with new Event Horizon Telescope

Ever since first mentioned by Jon Michell in a letter to the Royal Society in 1783, black holes have captured the imagination of scientists, writers, filmmakers and other artists. Perhaps part of the allure is that these...


Android Co-Founder Makes His Own Smartphone, The God Creator Comes

Andy Rubin is one of the founders of the Android mobile operating system, which effectively makes him a God within the Android development community. In a recent Tweet, Rubin hinted that his new company called Essential...

New Tesla Roadster, Coming Right Up; Fastest EV Car

The Tesla Roadster was the first car that the popular electric car company ever built and it broke a lot of conventions. For one thing, it was the first all-electric sports car that was meant to be both fast and efficient....

Google Creates Dedicated Page For Free Paid Apps On Play Store, ‘Free App Of The Week’

At this point, everybody already knows that there are free apps and there are paid apps on stores like Google Play and the Apple App Store. Sometimes, however, paid apps are available for free. Google just made it a lot...

Apple Might Finally Start Selling iPhones In China Again

Apple and China havent really been seeing eye-to-eye over the last few years, with the second largest consumer market having its own ideas of what the American company should be sharing that the latter just did not like....

Tesla Model 3 Dashboard The Same As Model S, Will Have Better Range Than Chevy Bolt Though

The Tesla Model 3 is the companys attempt at finally accessing that coveted mass consumer market and a lot is riding on it. If fans were hoping for a more futuristic dashboard, however, it seems CEO Elon Musk popped that...
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