• When will the BOJ take the next easing step?     Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 12:32 AM ET

    With board members expecting inflation to stay near 1 percent until first half of 2015, the BOJ could ease further then, says Masayuki Kichikawa, MD & Chief Japan Economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

  • TOKYO, Nov 25- Japanese government bond yields edged lower on Tuesday, with the longer-dated maturities supported by investors extending the duration of their bond portfolios. Decline in other sovereign debt yields, notably those of the euro zone which fell Monday on bets the European Central Bank would include government debt when it expands its asset...

  • *Oil under pressure ahead of this week's OPEC meeting. TOKYO, Nov 25- Asian shares gave back some of their China- inspired gains on Tuesday, while oil prices stumbled as traders lowered their expectation of a significant output cut at this week's OPEC meeting. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.4 percent after rallying in the...

  • *Oct. 31 easing aimed at eradicating deflation mindset-Kuroda. NAGOYA/ TOKYO, Japan, Nov 25- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Tuesday stressed the bank's readiness to expand stimulus further to meet its price goal, standing firm in the face of criticism that last month's monetary easing has accelerated unwelcome falls in the currency.

  • FOREX-Euro steadies after German survey, Aussie slips Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 10:30 PM ET

    SYDNEY/ TOKYO, Nov 25- The euro steadied on Tuesday after it rebounded against the dollar, thanks to a short squeeze that followed an encouraging improvement in German business sentiment. Further supporting the euro zone common currency, the head of the Bundesbank warned about the legal hurdles the European Central Bank would face if it went down the path of...

  • Sean Darby, Global Head of Equity Strategy at Jefferies, explains how the crash in commodity prices is impacting central bank policy in Asia.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Dec 8 Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    TOKYO- Europlace Financial Forum in Tokyo. Banque de France Governor Christian Noyer, French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron and Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Hiroshi Nakaso to attend. SYDNEY- RBA Deputy Governor Philip Lowe speaks at the Annual Australian Business Economists Conference dinner in Sydney- 0905 GMT.

  • Cramer's recipe for high prices in 2015 Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 6:10 PM ET
    The Apple flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York.

    Money managers are looking for a reason to buy right now, and Jim Cramer is here to help. He goes sector by sector to offer his pick of hot stocks.

  • What can immigration deliver? Younger workers Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 1:21 PM ET
    Undocumented immigrant Angela Navarro and her husband Ermer Fernandez (L), along with other immigrants and supporters, watch President Barack Obama announce executive action on immigration, at the West Kensington Ministry church, in Philadelphia, Nov. 20, 2014.

    The debate over immigration reform often overlooks one very important benefit: many researchers believe it's good for the U.S. economy.

  • LONDON, Nov 24- If the world's biggest central banks were actually coordinating a global monetary policy, they could scarcely do a better job of convincing financial markets right now. Three weeks on, European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi insists his bank will move "as fast as possible" to raise euro zone inflation using all means available- something...

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn.— From board rooms in Japan to songwriter's rooms in Nashville, a debate is brewing in music industry circles about the financial and creative value of streaming music, even as its popularity and impact skyrocket. At a recent investor meeting in Tokyo, Sony Music Chief Financial Officer Kevin Kelleher said a lot of conversation had been happening...

  • *Oil regains some lost ground ahead of OPEC meeting. NEW YORK, Nov 24- U.S. stocks opened higher on Monday, extending a global equity rally in Asia and Europe fueled by merger activity and signals that central banks were willing to step further into the economic breach to support growth and inflation. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi also looked to be...

  • Deadly pufferfish found in Crimean waters     Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    A fish known for its delicacy status in Japan and for its deadly poison was found recently in Crimean Waters. The large oceanic pufferfish's organs are filled with a poison more deadly than cyanide.

  • Japan's young fret as unexpected recession hits Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 9:58 AM ET

    TOKYO— When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to Japan's surprise recession by delaying a sales-tax increase, it was a cause for worry, not celebration, for many young Japanese. Despite Abe's unprecedented stimulus efforts— almost everything short of dropping money from helicopters— Japan has slipped into recession less than two years after the last one.

  • *Sources say China ready to ease further after rate cut. LONDON, Nov 24- World stock markets ground their way higher on Monday after a frenetic round of activity at central banks in Asia and Europe showed they are willing to do more to support economic growth and higher inflation. European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi also looked to be clearing the way for the...

  • Asian stocks gain after China rate cut Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 11:00 PM ET

    BEIJING— Asian stocks rose Monday after China's surprise interest rate cut as investors looked ahead to European inflation data due out this week and OPEC meeting to discuss oil production levels. KEEPING SCORE: China's Shanghai Composite Index jumped 1.7 percent to 2,529.83 points and Hong Kong's Hang Seng surged 1.8 percent to 23,862.69.

  • SYDNEY, Nov 24- Asian share markets were broadly higher on Monday as the prospect of further policy stimulus in China and Europe whetted risk appetites while sending the euro skidding. "China's rate cut adds to the determination of global policy makers to avoid deflation and support growth," said Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy at fund manager AMP...

  • Behind S&P's 'AA-/A-1+' rating on Japan     Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 6:31 PM ET

    S&P has affirmed its "AA-/A-1+" rating on Japan, but the outlook remains negative. Kim Eng Tan, Senior Director at Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, explains the decision.

  • *Sources say China ready to ease further after rate cut. SYDNEY, Nov 24- Asian share markets followed the dollar higher on Monday as the prospect of further policy stimulus in China and Europe whetted risk appetites while sending the euro skidding. The single currency was matching 28- month lows in early trade having shed 1.2 percent on Friday when European...

  • Cheap credit in Europe, China: Too little, too late? Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 12:19 PM ET

    Central banks in Europe and China on Friday announced moves to ease credit. But the action may have limited impact.