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Thursday, 13 December 2018 21:05 WIB

Reuters reports main headlines from the ECB monetary policy statement: Intends to reinvest, in full, for an extended period of time past the date when it starts raising key rates. Key rates to remain at present levels at least through the summer of 2019. In any case, for as long as necessary to ensure continued sustained convergence of inflation to central bank's target of just below 2%. FXstreet

RECENT NEWS
Powell Says U.S. Labor Market 'Very Strong' by Many Measures
Friday, 7 December 2018 07:17 WIB | Federal Reserve

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell delivered a bullish assessment of the U.S. economy and the job market on the eve of the scheduled release of November employment data. 'Our economy is currently performing very well overall, with strong job creation and gradually rising wages,'Powell said in the text of a speech to be delivered to a housing conference in Washington on Thursday. 'In fact, by many national-level measures, our labor market is very strong.' Economists are forecasting a moderating but still strong pace of hiring in the Labor Department's monthly report...

Australia Keeps Key Rate Unchanged Amid Housing Market Slowdown
Tuesday, 4 December 2018 10:59 WIB | RBA

The Reserve Bank of Australia left its key rate unchanged at a record low Tuesday as it gauges the impact of a housing market slowdown on the nation's economy. Governor Philip Lowe and his board left the cash at 1.5 percent, as expected and as they have since August 2016. œGrowth in household income remains low, debt levels are high and some asset prices have declined, he said in a statement. Lowe noted that credit conditions are tighter for borrowers than they have been œfor some time, reflecting a clampdown by regulators and nervousness among lenders in the midst...

Fed minutes point to December rate hike as central bank wants to remove forward guidance
Friday, 30 November 2018 02:11 WIB | Federal Reserve

Almost every member of the Federal Open Market Committee was on board with lifting interest rates "fairly soon" so long as job market and inflation data came in line with expectations, minutes of the two-day Fed meeting ending Nov. 8 released Thursday show. That's consistent with market expectations of an interest-rate hike at the Fed's December meeting. There appears to be the beginning of a debate of how high to lift rates next year, with "a few" questioning the timing of further gradual increases. And it's clear the Fed wants to preserve optionality, with "many" saying it might be...

Seemingly dovish, Powell says interest rates are 'just below' level where they won't stimulate economy
Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:21 WIB | Federal Reserve The Fed

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Wednesday used a softer tone to describe where interest-rate policy presently is, in what could be construed as implying fewer interest rate hikes to come. œInterest rates are still low by historical standards, and they remain just below the broad range of estimates of the level that would be neutral for the economy--that is, neither speeding up nor slowing down growth, Powell told the Economic Club of New York. His comments on their face appear more dovish than in early October, when Powell said, in reference to the Fed's interest rates,...

ECB's Draghi raises prospect of slower inflation pick-up amid 'uncertainties'
Friday, 16 November 2018 16:06 WIB | Bank Sentral Eropa ECB Mario Draghi

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on Friday reaffirmed plans to dial back stimulus at the end of the year but also voiced caution about the growth outlook, warning that the pick up in inflation may be slower than earlier expected. 'If firms start to become more uncertain about the growth and inflation outlook, the squeeze on margins could prove more persistent,' Draghi told a banking conference. œThis would affect the speed with which underlying inflation picks up and therefore the inflation path that we expect to see in the quarters ahead, he added. œUncertainties...

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Japan's Abe Announces Plans for 2 Trillion Yen Spending Package
Monday, 25 September 2017 15:27 WIB

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Monday that he would seek to implement a 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) spending package to expand access to education and cut waiting times at...

MONETARY
BOJ Keeps Policy Unchanged, Downgrades Assessment of Inflation
Friday, 15 June 2018 10:01 WIB

The Bank of Japan left monetary policy unchanged even as it downgraded its assessment of inflation, falling further behind its global peers at the end of a busy week for central...