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Friday, 29 May 2020 22:56 WIB

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank's long-awaited program to lend to small- and medium-sized businesses is about to get off the ground. The Main Street lending facility, which will target companies with up to 15,000 employees, has been difficult to set up but is just about ready, Powell told Princeton University economist and former Fed official Alan Blinder in a webinar interview Friday. "We're days away from making our first loans in Main Street, he said. "We have three facilities that are part of it. They're meant to reach out to different parts of that...

RECENT NEWS
BoE Could Give "Prompt Response" to Signs of Lasting Weakness in UK Economy - Carney
Thursday, 9 January 2020 17:07 WIB | Mark Carney, BOE

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Thursday there could be a "relatively prompt response" from the central bank if it looked like weakness in the economy will persist. "With the relatively limited space to cut Bank Rate, if evidence builds that the weakness in activity could persist, risk management considerations would favour a relatively prompt response, Carney said in a speech delivered at a BoE event on inflation targeting. On the other hand, Carney noted that global growth was showing tentative signs of stabilising. Source : Reuters

Bank of England leaves policy rate unchanged at 0.75% in December as expected
Thursday, 19 December 2019 19:47 WIB | BOE

In a widely expected decision, the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee held the policy rate unchanged at 0.75% in December. The asset purchase facility remained steady at €435 billion as well. The GBP/USD pair fluctuated sharply with the initial reaction but struggled to make a decisive move in either direction. As of writing, the pair was up 0.15% on the day at 1.3097. Below are some key takeaways from the policy statement, per Reuters. "Policymakers vote 9-0 to maintain gilt purchase target at 435 billion GBP." "Can't tell yet how much policy uncertainties for companies and...

Lagarde's ECB Keeps Policy Unchanged as Strategy Review Looms
Thursday, 12 December 2019 20:05 WIB | ECB Bank Sentral Eropa

The European Central Bank kept monetary stimulus unchanged at President Christine Lagardes first policy meeting, shifting the focus to when shell announce her review of the institutions strategy for safeguarding theeuro-zone economy. The ECB kept its deposit rate at a record-low minus 0.5%, and bond purchases at 20 billion euros ($22 billion) a month, sticking to a controversial package unveiled in September. Lagarde, who has said little on monetary policy since starting in November, will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. in Frankfurt. The president could...

Federal Reserve signals no rate hikes in 2020, just one in 2021
Thursday, 12 December 2019 02:20 WIB | The Fed Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve left its benchmark interest rate unchanged and signaled no changes next year after its latest meeting to evaluate the economy. The Fed's so-called dot plot shows no rate hikes in 2020 and just one in 2021. The "current stance of monetary policy is appropriate to support sustained expansion of economic activity," the Fed said Wednesday. The U.S. appears to have stabilized at steady but slower rate of growth and inflation is still below the Fed's 2% target. The vote was unanimous to leave the short-term fed funds rate at a range of 1.5% to 1.75%. Source : MarketWatch

Australia Holds Rate as RBA Waits for Past Cuts to Flow Through
Tuesday, 3 December 2019 10:56 WIB | Ekonomi Australia

Australias central bank kept interest rates unchanged as it waits for three cuts since June to flow through to areas of the economy beyond the property market. Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe and his board kept the cash rate at 0.75% Tuesday, in line with expectations of economists and money markets. He will want to hold onto his remaining conventional ammunition -- estimated at two more cuts -- and monitor the impact of earlier easing and recent government tax rebates. The RBAs final meeting of the year sees policy makers no closer to reviving wages growth and...

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Fed's Powell: 'Medical Metrics' Most Important Data for U.S. Economy Now: CBS
Monday, 18 May 2020 08:06 WIB

The most important data for the U.S. economy right now are the "medical metrics around the coronavirus pandemic, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Sunday night in broadcast remarks...

MONETARY
RBA cuts Official Cash Rate by 25 bps to 0.50%, AUD/USD jumps
Tuesday, 3 March 2020 10:38 WIB

At its March monetary policy meeting on Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut its official cash rate (OCR) by 25bps to a record low of 0.50%, as they weighed in the coronavirus outbreak...