Economic Measures Deflation

  • *Japan firms call for more focus on structural reform. But less than 5 percent of companies believe the steps will boost the economy near-term or raise its growth potential, according to the Reuters Corporate Survey, conducted August 1-16. After an early spurt of growth and surging corporate profits, helped by a sharp fall in the yen, the economy is again...

  • Emerging Markets

    Japan and China both suffer from the 3D problem - which is debt, demographics and deflation, says Morgan Stanley's Chetan Ahya.

  • BEIJING, Aug 12- Chinese banks extended 463.6 billion yuan in new yuan loans in July, missing analyst forecasts and falling significantly from the previous month, amid wide debate over whether the central bank should cut interest rates this year. Economists polled by Reuters had expected new loans to be 800 billion yuan in July, after 1.38 trillion yuan in June.

  • Where is inflation headed?

    Deflationary pressures are not going away, says Bob Janjuah, senior independent client adviser at Nomura.

  • Stocks tread water

    AllianceBernstein Chief Investment Officer Seth Masters, and Chief Equity Strategist at Stifel Nicolaus Barry Bannister, discuss earnings and the health of U.S. business.

  • For now, helicopter money off the table for Japan: Economist

    The Japanese government has approved a large-scale economic stimulus package, in hopes of overcoming deflation and boosting growth. Mizuho senior economist, Colin Asher discusses.

  • TOKYO, July 13- Japan's government on Wednesday cut its forecasts for consumer prices and economic growth, a blow to the Bank of Japan's ambitious project to achieve 2 percent inflation with massive purchases of government debt. The government expects consumer prices to rise 0.4 percent in the current fiscal year ending in March 2017, down from a 1.2 percent...

  • TOKYO, July 12- Japan's government is expected to cut its consumer inflation forecast for the current fiscal year and produce an estimate for fiscal 2017 that is much lower than the central bank's 2 percent target, government sources told Reuters on Tuesday. In draft forecasts to be finalized at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, the government projects consumer...

  • *Sterling skids after BoE's Carney says UK needs stimulus. *Britain's FTSE set to finish June above pre-Brexit level. Markets have regained their poise after a short bout of volatility following Britain's vote last week to leave the European Union, but concerns remain about the longer term economic outlook and the potential for renewed turbulence.

  • KANAZAWA, Japan, June 23- Dissenting Bank of Japan board member Takahide Kiuchi said the central bank should review its negative interest rate policy and inflation target timeframe, while warning there wasn't much it could do to help the economy in the event of a severe market shock. With markets nervous as polls opened in Britain's referendum on membership of...

  • *Recent yen gains may hurt Japan inflation-Kuroda. TOKYO, June 16- The Bank of Japan refrained from offering additional monetary stimulus on Thursday despite anaemic inflation and weak global growth, sending the yen spiking to a two-year high that clouds an already darkening outlook for the economy. He also said the BOJ is in close contact with other central...

  • *Decision on loans to Greece postponed. VIENNA/ FRANKFURT, June 2- The European Central Bank on Thursday nudged up its expectations for growth and inflation in the euro area this year, but kept its main interest rate unchanged in negative territory and said it would press on with its unprecedented stimulus effort. Speaking after a meeting of the Bank's governing...

  • VIENNA/ FRANKFURT, June 2- The European Central Bank kept its main interest rate unchanged deep in negative territory on Thursday and stuck to its extraordinary stimulus policies aimed at reviving inflation and kick-starting growth after nearly a decade of economic malaise. Buying assets to the tune of 1.74 trillion euros and keeping rates negative, the ECB...

  • VIENNA/ FRANKFURT, June 2- Keeping interest rates firmly on hold, the European Central Bank will likely raise growth and inflation forecasts on Thursday, a rare positive step even as it emphasizes persistent negative risks and a readiness to provide more stimulus. With oil prices almost doubling since early January, the ECB will nudge up its inflation...

  • FRANKFURT, June 2- Keeping interest rates firmly on hold, the European Central Bank will probably raise growth and inflation forecasts on Thursday, a rare positive step even as it emphasises persistent negative risks and a readiness to provide more stimulus. With oil prices almost doubling since early January, the ECB will nudge up its inflation projections,...

  • LONDON, May 31- Euro zone bond yields edged up on Tuesday as data showed deflation eased in May, paving the way for the European Central Bank to revise its consumer price growth forecasts upward this week for the first time in a year. The data sets the scene for the ECB to mark up its staff inflation forecasts at its policy meeting on Thursday for the first time since...

  • LJUBLJANA, May 31- Slovenia's economy expanded by 2.5 percent year-on-year in the first quarter, boosted by a growth of exports which were up by 5.3 percent, the statistics office said on Tuesday. "Export figures are better than expected and as indicators for Germany are also improving, I expect similar export growth in the coming quarters," Marko Rozman, head of...

  • *G7 criticises N Korea, Russia. ISE-SHIMA, Japan, May 27- The Group of Seven industrial powers pledged on Friday to seek strong global growth, while papering over differences on currencies and stimulus policies and expressing concern over North Korea, Russia and maritime disputes involving China. "Global growth remains moderate and below potential, while risks...

  • Beyond hedge fears: Pro

    We are in a difficult environment with dueling forces, says Basil Williams, Mariner Investment Group, discussing where investors should be looking for opportunity amid geopolitical risk.

  • China commodities, steel in China

    A new bubble is bursting in China and it could lead to a commodities meltdown that rocks global markets, Ron Insana.