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Japan's manufacturers most optimistic in a decade as economy grows - Reuters Tankan

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TOKYO Confidence at Japanese manufacturers rose in August to its highest level in a decade led by producers of industrial materials, a Reuters poll showed, in a further sign of broadening economic recovery. The Reuters' monthly poll - which tracks the Bank of Japan's closely watched quarterly tankan - found the service-sector mood fell but still remained at a relatively high level, underscoring the firmness in domestic demand which drove robust expansion in the second quarter.

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Getting to the core of global inflation 19 Aug 2017

LONDON Stock markets have spent the year rising on bets of a resurgence in inflation, while central bankers trying to manage the global economy have spent the same time repeatedly reassuring everyone it's just around the corner.

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European shares end winning streak on Thursday as banks, energy stocks fall 18 Aug 2017

(This Aug 17 story corrects quote in Thursday's stocks report to read "hawkish", not "dovish".)

Ireland stays top euro zone centre for financial special purpose vehicles 18 Aug 2017

FRANKFURT Ireland remains the euro zone's largest centre for financial special purpose vehicles, data from the European Central Bank (ECB) showed on Friday, placing it far ahead of closest rival Luxembourg.

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Low yields are warning Fed to think twice on rate hike - Kaplan 17 Aug 2017

LUBBOCK, Texas Financial markets are warning of weakness in the U.S. economy, so the Federal Reserve should be "very patient and judicious" as it considers whether to raise interest rates, a policymaker in the Fed's cautious camp said on Thursday.

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Fed policymakers grow more worried about weak inflation 17 Aug 2017

WASHINGTON Federal Reserve policymakers appeared increasingly wary about recent weak inflation and some called for halting interest rate hikes until it was clear the trend was transitory, according to the minutes of the U.S. central bank's last policy meeting.

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Fed, split by inflation, should forge on with rate hikes - Mester 17 Aug 2017

NEW YORK A Federal Reserve policymaker on Wednesday staked out the hawkish argument for carrying on with U.S. interest rate hikes even while weak recent inflation readings have split opinions among her colleagues at the U.S. central bank. | Video

Fed's Williams sees Fed 'half way' on rate-hike path - CNN 17 Aug 2017

The U.S. central bank is roughly at the mid-point on its current path to normalise interest rates as the economy has shown further improvement even without fiscal stimulus, San Francisco Federal Reserve President John Williams told CNN television.

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Stocks close off highs, dollar off on Trump chaos, Fed minutes 16 Aug 2017

NEW YORK Wall Street edged higher on Wednesday but closed well off session highs and the dollar fell on the latest turmoil in Washington and U.S. Federal Reserve meeting minutes that showed worries about low inflation.

Factbox - Fed staff forecasts from FOMC minutes 16 Aug 2017

The following are the Federal Reserve's staff forecasts as contained in the minutes of recent Federal Open Market Committee meetings: