Central Banks

Shares jump, yen slumps as BOJ ramps up stimulus

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NEW YORK - Global equity markets surged more than 1 percent and the yen fell to a nearly seven-year low against the dollar on Friday after the Bank of Japan surprised financial markets by ramping up its massive economic stimulus programme. | Video

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Japan's central bank shocks markets with more easing as inflation slows 31 Oct 2014

TOKYO - The Bank of Japan shocked global financial markets on Friday by expanding its massive stimulus spending in a stark admission that economic growth and inflation have not picked up as much as expected after a sales tax hike in April. | Video

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British banks buoyed by new rules on risk buffers 31 Oct 2014

LONDON - The Bank of England told British banks on Friday they will need to hold more capital to guard against the risks of bad loans, but the new measures were less stringent than many had expected.

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Euro zone inflation edges up to dim chance of new ECB action 31 Oct 2014

BRUSSELS - Inflation in the 18 countries sharing the euro edged up slightly in October, reinforcing the view that the European Central Bank will hold fire on any additional policy action at its meeting next week.

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ECB's Visco says concrete risk of deflation cannot be ignored 31 Oct 2014

ROME - The eurozone faces a real risk of deflation, with medium and long-term inflation expectations now at historically low levels, European Central Bank governing council member Ignazio Visco said on Friday.

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ECB's Nowotny says never say never on QE, but not now - CNBC 31 Oct 2014

VIENNA - The European Central Bank "never should say never" to full-on quantitative easing, but such a programme is not in sight at the moment and the ECB should not be jolted into action every month, Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny said.

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Japan consumer inflation slows, piling pressure on BOJ to act 31 Oct 2014

TOKYO - Japan's annual core consumer inflation slowed for a second straight month in September, adding to evidence the Bank of Japan will miss its 2 percent price goal even as it dismisses growing doubts about the efficacy of its money-printing programme.

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BOJ to maintain asset buying, keep rosy inflation view despite growing risks 30 Oct 2014

TOKYO - The Bank of Japan is set to maintain its massive asset buying programme on Friday and keep its upbeat forecast that inflation will hit its 2 percent target next year, suggesting no further stimulus is on the horizon.

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Dollar surges as Fed ends third-quarter on hawkish note 30 Oct 2014

NEW YORK - The dollar surged to a three-week high and government bond yields rose on Thursday, one day after the U.S. Federal Reserve took a more hawkish tone in its assessment of the economy as it announced the end of its six-year bond-buying programme.

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Weak inflation figures hit euro zone, but not expected to jolt ECB 30 Oct 2014

FRANKFURT - Weak price pressure in Germany and Spain compounded the European Central Bank's policy headache on Thursday but it is still expected to hold off action next week, waiting to assess the impact of its new round of stimulus.