Interest Rates

What major economies got right, or wrong, after the crisis

Why is it that the US and UK have fared better than Japan and Europe in the wake of the financial crisis?

The low inflation pill gives the US a boost

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The combination of benign inflation and economic growth in the US is helping the Fed to keep its foot off the rates pedal, for now.

Weekend Economist: Safe as houses

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Despite what the Reserve Bank seems to think, there is very little danger of investor activity throwing Australia’s property markets off balance.

ECB stands ready to boost stimulus

Mario Draghi hints central bank will expand asset-purchase programs to raise inflation.

China cuts rates as growth slows

China's central bank makes first rates reduction in over two years amid growth fears.

China says no change in "prudent monetary policy"

China's central bank says surprise interest rate cut isn't a shift away from "prudent monetary policy."

Fed outlines fears of low inflation

Latest Fed minutes detail inflation concerns, point to caution on rate moves.

Stevens tips low rates to linger

RBA governor fearful of real estate 'over-exuberance', says corporates slow to recover.

The rate rise mirage is fading away

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Expectations the Reserve Bank will raise rates next year are receding and more economists are now saying the next move could be a rate cut.

Draghi hints at further ECB easing

ECB president tells European Parliament new measures likely if low inflation persists.

Weekend Economist: Pessimism pervades

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Recent surveys highlight lasting fears about the Australian economy, although leading indicators point to a turnaround.

Fed can't ignore world economy: Yellen

Fed chair says central bank must not limit its focus to strength of US economy.

Weekend Economist: Fragile China

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Despite the fact that there has been little change in the RBA’s forecasts there are some interesting comments on the Chinese housing market.

Downside risks prevail in the RBA’s economic outlook

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The economic outlook hasn’t changed over the past three months, but neither has the uncertainty surrounding that outlook.

ECB prepares path to more easing

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Mario Draghi hints at additional measures to ward off deflation in the euro area.

Taking a gamble with negative interest rates

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Having money in the bank isn’t what is used to be. The ECB’s negative interest rates are filtering through the system, with one German bank now charging its customers to store their cash.

The speed bumps that will slow a rate rise

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A range of economic challenges lie ahead, and the RBA won’t be in a hurry to raise the cash rate bar.

RBA leaves cash rate unchanged

Reserve Bank holds official cash rate at 2.5%, expects below-trend growth for next several quarters.

RBA tipped to hold rates

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Reserve Bank appears set to leave rates unchanged for third straight Cup Day.
015 rate rise 'plausible': Fed official
Jeffrey Lacker optimistic about subdued inflation, improvement in job market.

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