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ECB seen firmly on hold but may set stage for June shift


FRANKFURT The European Central Bank is set to keep its ultra-easy policy stance firmly in place on Thursday but may acknowledge better growth prospects, setting the stage for a small signal as early as June about an eventual reduction of stimulus.


Exclusive - French relief sets up ECB for change of tack in June: sources 25 Apr 2017

FRANKFURT European Central Bank policymakers are breathing a sigh of relief after the first round of France's presidential vote put a pro-euro centrist in pole position, but they are not likely to change their policy stance until June.


ECB says Brussels wants 'too tight' limit to its power over banks 25 Apr 2017

FRANKFURT A European Commission proposal to limit the European Central Bank's power to supervise banks is "much too tight" and risks hampering ECB efforts to make the sector safer, Frankfurt's top supervisor said on Tuesday.

Euro zone lending to grow but ECB weighs on profits: ECB survey 25 Apr 2017

FRANKFURT Banks across the euro zone are set to expand lending further in the second quarter, even as the European Central Bank's ultra-easy monetary policy erodes profitability, an ECB survey showed on Tuesday.


Japan central bank governor says G20, IMF accept BOJ's monetary policy 25 Apr 2017

TOKYO Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Tuesday that Group of 20 and International Monetary Fund officials accept the view that the central bank's quantitative easing policy is to achieve its inflation target.


Bank of Japan's Iwata says conducting simulation on exit strategy from stimulus 25 Apr 2017

TOKYO Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Kikuo Iwata said on Tuesday the central bank was conducting a study of how it could end its massive monetary stimulus in the future, but acknowledged it was still far from achieving its inflation target.


Japan central bank seen upbeat on growth, gloomy on prices; policy on hold 24 Apr 2017

TOKYO Brightening global growth prospects will allow Japan's central bank to keep monetary policy steady this week and invest time solving the puzzle of why inflation remains stubbornly low despite a tightening job market and robust economic recovery.


ECB can help banks, not governments after French vote - Visco 22 Apr 2017

WASHINGTON The European Central Bank can supply cash to banks if Sunday's presidential vote in France roils markets but suppressing a rise in governments' borrowing costs would go beyond its remit, ECB policymaker Ignazio Visco said on Saturday.


ECB to set post-2017 policy in second half of year, Nowotny tells weekly 22 Apr 2017

VIENNA The European Central Bank has decided on interest rates and bond purchases for the rest of 2017 and will decide what to do beyond that in the second half of this year, ECB Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny said in an interview published on Saturday.


Bank of England's Saunders edges towards rate rise 22 Apr 2017

LONDON Bank of England policymaker Michael Saunders on Friday opened the possibility that he will soon join a minority calling for higher interest rates, predicting that both growth and inflation could well exceed the BoE's earlier forecasts.

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