Federal Reserve officials and the central bank™s staff said the U.S. economy seemed stronger in late January than they had expected, according to minutes of their late-January meeting released Wednesday. The risks to the outlook were more favorable than had appeared at their meeting in mid-December. There were concerns expressed during their discussions about the threat of the coronavirus outbreak in China, and also of tensions in the Middle East. The Fed staff™s projection for U.S. GDP growth was stronger at the January meeting than in the previous forecast. The staff also said that...

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Australias central bank reviewed the case for a further interest-rate cut, but decided against it in order to avoid encouraging additional borrowing as house prices climb, minutes of its Feb. 4 meeting in Sydney showed. The Reserve Bank also expects the coronavirus outbreak to œsubtract from growth in exports over the first half of 2020, the minutes released Tuesday showed. It...

Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, has said that the bank is ready to use Quantitative Easing (QE) and also forward guidance "aggressively" in a downturn. Powell is testifying before the Senate's Banking Committee in Washington. The US dollar has been edging higher alonside higher bond yields. He added that the US spending on healthcare is excessive and that he would be concerned...

The low interest rate environment adds to the government's fiscal policy, Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carney said on Tuesday in his speech before the Economic Affairs Committee. "Low interest rate environment is putting some pressure on UK bank margins but should be kept in perspective," Carney added. "Public infrastructure and corporate investment will be necessary to get the UK out of...

The growth momentum of the euro area has been slowing down since 2018 dur to global uncertainties and weaker international trade, European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde said in her prepared remarks at the European Parliament's plenary session. "Moderating growth has also weakened pressure on prices, and inflation remains some distance below our medium-term aim," Lagarde...

Some of the forces that held down U.S. economic growth last year have eased, but risks to the outlook remain, particularly from the coronavirus, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday. œWe are closely monitoring the emergence of the coronavirus, which could lead to disruptions in China that spill over to the rest of the global economy, Powell said, in testimony prepared for a...

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BOJ Maintains Key Interest Rates and Forward Guidance
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