The Federal Reserve in early November viewed a "near-term" increase in interest rates as likely, but top officials also expressed more alarm about persistently low inflation in a sign the bank might not be aggressive in 2018 as previously expected. The language from the Fed's Oct. 31-Nov. 1 meeting was softer than in the September discussions, reflecting worries that low inflation might also be a result of "developments that could prove more persistent," according to the Fed minutes released Wednesday. Despite the nagging doubt the Fed still appears on the cusp of raise interest rates...

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned that raising interest rates too quickly risked stranding inflation below the U.S. central banks 2 percent target and said thered been œsome hint that expectations for future price increases may be drifting down. œIt can be quite dangerous to allow inflation to drift down and not to achieve over time a central banks inflation...

Australia central bank signaled less confidence in the outlook for fatter pay packets, despite faster full-time hiring, suggesting interest rates may remain lower for longer, in minutes of its November board meeting. There was œconsiderable uncertainty around when and how quickly wage pressures might emerge and about how much these would add to inflationary pressure. More...

Janet Yellen on Monday announced she will step down from the Federal Reserve, after not being nominated for a second term of running the central bank. Yellen, the first woman to run the central bank, could have stayed on at the Fed as a governor, even as President Trump opted to replace her with Jerome Powell. But Yellen, who also was vice chair to Bernanke, served as a governor at the Alan...

Mario Draghi said falling unemployment will eventually spur inflation in the euro region, even if theres little sign of that just yet. The European Central Bank president has been frustrated by how little workers have managed to increase their pay, perhaps because theyre basing demands on the low inflation of the past few years or because they are more concerned about job security. Draghi...

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi says in speech in Frankfurt that with the decision to extend QE at a slower monthly pace, the signalling effect of asset purchases has œnaturally increased in prominence relative to the duration effect. œRobust recovery means economy œmay be becoming more resilient to new shocks. œWhile we are confident in the...

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