*BOJ maintains massive stimulus program. TOKYO, Nov 19- The Bank of Japan kept its monetary stimulus program unchanged on Thursday, with Governor Haruhiko Kuroda holding fast to his view that the corporate capital expenditure vital to economic growth will pick up- suggesting that no new monetary easing is imminent. "The BOJ places a lot of importance on inflation...» Read More
Regardless of what Bernanke says at his first media briefing, the markets are convinced the Fed chairman will keep the stock market rallying and the dollar in decline.
The first two rounds on quantitative easing from the Federal Reserve were good for stocks and bad for bonds, CNBC's Patrick Allen writes.
Having just spent a week in the US I can confirm Americans and the British share an awful lot in common.
Fed officials have been singing different tunes about monetary policy recently, but one voice has risen above the rest to boost the dollar and pressure Treasury bonds.
Despite mankind's ability to adapt and invent new materials and make use of new resources, humans seem "hopelessly incapable of learning past wisdom and apparently doomed to repeat past follies," according to Dylan Grice, a research analyst at Societe Generale.
The Bank of Japan needs to hold of market sentiment or risk the economy falling into a bigger-than-expected recession, according to Phillipe Gijsels of BNP Paribas Fortis Global Markets.
"I think this whole thing is a Ponzi scheme in which governments that are already in deep red ink are trying to generate more red ink," Niall Ferguson, history professor at Harvard University, told CNBC.
Interest rates will have to rise soon even if major central banks – like the Federal Reserve and the Bank of England – keep monetary policy ultra relaxed for now, Niall Ferguson, Professor of History at Harvard University, told CNBC in an interview.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is unlikely to drop a bombshell in the markets like his counterpart at the European Central Bank did when he pre-announced a rate rise, ING chief international economist Rob Carnell wrote in a market note.
Oil prices are driven by a supply shock rather than increased demand due to a stronger world economy, so investors in currencies look to "risk" rather than "macro" factors, David Bloom, global head of foreign exchange research at HSBC, wrote in a market note.
Currently, oil prices are just as likely to rise as to fall and, consequently, there's a 50 percent chance that recent rises in European inflation are behind us, according to Carl B. Weinberg, chief economist at High Frequency Economics.
Foreign ministers from the Gulf Cooperation Council are expected to discuss an aid package in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia later Thursday, focused on help from the four countries with fortunate annual budgets to the other two: Oman and Bahrain.
The moment of truth for Europe's sovereign debt crisis may be far closer than investors think.
The European Central Bank's warning that a rate increase is possible next month is the correct answer to rising inflation risks, Axel Weber, the head of the Bundesbank, told CNBC Tuesday.
One month after Bundesbank president Axel Weber announced he was stepping down, saying goodbye to his chances of running the European Central Bank, many in the markets miss him already.
The West is poorly positioned to handle this latest oil price scare. The buffers which typically limit downside economic risks are no longer working.
European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet talks about rate rises to fight inflation, while Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is still more worried about unemployment.
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A mountain of debt is growing but because it is off governments' balance sheets it has been so far ignored, Albert Edwards, global strategist at Societe Generale, said.