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Central Banking Series

The evidence suggests Reserve Bank rate cuts don't hurt confidence

Feb 04, 2020 12:16 pm UTC| Insights & Views Central Banks Economy

When the Reserve Bank board meets today for the first time this year it is likely to leave its cash rate unchanged at the current all-time low 0.75%. Afterwards, it will announce its reasons, many of them good. But...

Central Banking Series

Quantitative easing now looks permanent – and has turned central banks into pseudo governments

Jan 24, 2020 05:38 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy Central Banks

After a pause of a few months, the worlds leading central banks are printing money again to try to bolster their economies. Commonly known as quantitative easing or QE, the European Central Bank (ECB) resumed its programme...

Central Banking Series

The next Bank of England governor must take a radically different approach to running the economy

Dec 20, 2019 03:30 am UTC| Insights & Views Central Banks

Following the monumental Conservative election victory, now is the time for the economics to work through. Mark Carney is due to leave his post as governor of the Bank of England at the end of January after six and a half...

Central Banking Series

BoJ likely to remain on hold for foreseeable future, says Capital Economics

Dec 16, 2019 07:51 am UTC| Commentary Economy

The Bank of Japan seems to have underestimated the drag on domestic demand from Octobers sales tax hike. But the global outlook has improved and the governments fiscal stimulus announcement has given policymakers a further...

Central Banking Series

Paul Volcker helped shape an independent Federal Reserve – a vital legacy that's under threat

Dec 11, 2019 03:57 am UTC| Insights & Views Central Banks Economy

Paul Volcker, who died on Dec. 8, is the poster boy for central bank independence and why it matters. One of his legacies, as you may have read in the many obituaries published since his death, is taming the runaway...

Central Banking Series

Why the Fed has no choice but to keep cutting interest rates?

Oct 31, 2019 06:13 am UTC| Insights & Views Central Banks Economy

The U.S. Federal Reserve is stuck between an apparently booming economy and a financial crisis that might be right around the corner. Thats why its decision to cut interest rates by another quarter point on Oct. 30 its...

Central Banking Series

When cutting interest rates might not help

Sep 13, 2018 21:56 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy Central Banks

Theres a meme around official interest rates since the financial crisis, and it goes like this. Central banks have already cut them to nearly zero (or actually zero) but advanced economies are still languishing. Therefore...

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Economy

UK gilts shrug off solid retail sales data; 10-year yield falls to 1-week low as coronavirus fear haunts

The United Kingdoms held gains during European trading hours on Thursday even as the countrys January retail sales remained solid and promising, with month -over- month data rising to seven month high of 0.9...

German bunds hold gains as investors monitor coronavirus situation

German bunds held gains during afternoon session on Thursday as traders seek refuge in safe-haven assets on fear that the coronavirus outbreak will slow the global economy. The German 10-year bond yield, which move...

Australian jobless rate lifts to 5.3 pct in January, employment change modest

In a reversal of Decembers move, Australias unemployment rate ticked back up to 5.3 percent in January, while employment rose modestly. The underutilisation rate jumped to a 19-month high. Alongside this, the participation...

Australian bonds surge as January employment data raises prospects of RBA rate cut

Australian bonds surge on Thursday as January disappointing employment data has strengthened the prospects for Reserve Bank of Australia interest rate cut. The yield on Australias benchmark 10-year note, which moves...

Coronavirus impact likely to affect Japan’s export recovery, says Oxford Economics

After exports to China had picked up in previous months, the renewed contraction in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak underscores risks to growth and dents hope for a near-term export recovery, according to the latest...

Politics

Michelle Obama encourages students to vote in the upcoming elections

Former first lady Michelle Obama wants people to vote. In fact, shes encouraging students to vote by sharing her photo taken when she was still a student. Now, everyone knows Michelle Obama wore a polka-dotted dress to...

Donald Trump spent ‘virtually’ no time, not interested with Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany

Donald Trumps relationship with his five children has been a topic for discussion among netizens. The majority of which are convinced that the POTUS is not a hands-on dad to Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, and...

Melania Trump shock: FLOTUS doesn’t want to vouch for Donald Trump at upcoming elections

Melania Trump has been criticized for not supporting Donald Trump as much as the other first ladies supported their respective husbands. According to Political Flare, the POTUS doesnt have the support of women, which he...

Melania Trump fury: FLOTUS underserving of Women of Distinction award; Be Best initiative ‘laughable’

Melania Trump received the Women of Distinction award from a small Florida Christian college this week. However, the decision to grant her with the recognition didnt sit well with a lot of people. During her speech, the...

Melania Trump has a Valentine’s Day tradition that involves visiting sick children

First Lady Melania Trump has a Valentines Day tradition not many people know about. For three years now, the FLOTUS spent part of the special day with patients at the Childrens Inn at the National Institutes of Health...

Science

Aliens: Scientists plan exploring other Earth-like planets in search of alien life

Space agencies all over the world continue to explore what lies beyond Earth and into the cosmos. Now, a group of scientists claims that alien life forms may exist in other exoplanets similar to that of Earth. Over the...

Asteroids: Rock traveling 48,400 mph heading towards Earth, says NASA

Another asteroid is apparently on its way towards Earth as space agency NASAs asteroid trackers have caught sight of the rock. A new report reveals how fast the asteroid is going, and whether or not it would actually...

Aliens: Extra-terrestrial hunter organization makes their data available to the public

For decades, various organizations and agencies, both public and private, have been on the search for signs of extra-terrestrials or life beyond Earth. One ET hunting organization, in particular, is asking the public for...

The ice melt in Antarctica 129,000 years ago caused a drastic increase in sea levels

Climate change is an issue that many are bringing to light and urging influential figures to make a change in the process, with activists like Greta Thunberg headlining the movement. Looking back at the cause of an extreme...

Technology

GoPro HERO8 Black: Display Mod pre-order is expected to go live soon

It has been four months since GoPro unveiled HERO8 Black, but fans of the action camera still have some things to look forward to at this point. The company has also announced mod accessories specifically designed for the...

Nintendo Switch: ‘Cooking Mama’ franchise to debut in the console next month, per video leak

As Nintendo Switch fans already now coming into 2020, there is a long list of highly anticipated games already slated to launch for the hybrid portable console. But that list keeps getting longer as more popular titles are...

Pocophone F2’s launch with top-tier Snapdragon chip is still uncertain

Consumers and the top tech enthusiasts were in unison throughout 2019 that Pocophone F2 is part of their smartphone wish list. However, Poco, as a brand, remained silent about its plans on future device launches until the...

‘NBA 2K20’ ratings update no. 5 upgrades Damian Lillard to a 94 OVR

One of the aspects of NBA 2K games that keep it the talk of the town is the changes in the players overall ratings from time to time. In the latest update, fans of Damian Lillard and Zion Williamson will be delighted as...
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