*Government upgrades economic outlook for 1st time in 2 months. TOKYO, May 20- The Japanese government upgraded its assessment of the economy on Monday, as emerging signs of an upturn in exports and factory output added to growing evidence that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's aggressive polices are beginning to reignite growth.» Read More
Following in the footsteps of Greece and Ireland, the Portuguese market looks set for a speculative attack, Silvio Peruzzo, European economist at RBS in London, told CNBC.
If previous EU responses to the euro crisis are any guide, investors should not be expecting a highly-coordinated, shock-and-awe approach like those we have seen from the US authorities.
The uprisings in the Middle East have been in part blamed on soaring food prices but one market watcher told CNBC those states with huge oil wealth should be better able to keep their people appeased by subsidizing food prices and other incentives.
The risk-on trade that has driven equities and commodity prices since the Federal Reserve started talking about the second round of quantitative easing last year is under threat from inflation, one analyst warned Monday.
In the five-star Westin Hotel in Paris Friday, the world's top central bankers met to discuss the risks facing the global economy in 2011.
Discussing zero interest rate policy as an inescapable trap, and the reasons why Europe is currently caught in the throes of a true credit crisis, with Kyle Bass, Hayman Capital Partners managing partner.
The stocks and sectors that perform best when inflation hits anywhere in the world, with Thomas Lee, JPMorgan chief U.S. equity strategist.
A central banker need not be loved, but at the least he should command respect — and in Britain these days Mervyn King cannot count on either, reports the New York Times.
Investors facing a global economy that is moving back and forth between "risk on" and "risk off" should look to emerging markets and commodities, Nouriel Roubini, chairman of Roubini Global Economics, told CNBC Thursday.
More social and political turmoil is likely in the future so commodities prices will continue rising, renowned investor Jim Rogers, CEO of Rogers Holdings, told CNBC.
Global inflation is far higher than official statistics reveal, Marc Faber, editor and publisher of the “Gloom, Boom and Doom” report told CNBC on Wednesday, with increases in the cost of living amounting to between five and eight percent in the United States and just below that in Europe.
Did the financial crisis change very much? That was the FT's Martin Wolf's question as he went to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos last week. The answer is: yes. Above all, it has accelerated the arrival of our future.
The Spanish government is ready to implement further austerity measures to defend this year's budget deficit target and is confident that demand for Spanish bonds will stay strong, Jose Manuel Campa, Secretary of State for the Economy, told CNBC.
Risks that the troubles in Egypt may spread have increased and the uprisings have a negative effect on growth, as well as contributing to higher prices, economist Nouriel Roubini said.
Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan will press ahead with a plan to impose a 90 percent charge on bankers' bonuses when the budget bill is published on Friday, newspaper the Irish Independent reported.
World Bank President Robert Zoellick said Monday he hopes the global economy will have a sustainable recovery in 2011, but added he sees a number of dangers that could see his hopes dashed.
Swiss policymakers will hold an emergency meeting with key business groups, labor unions and representatives from the machinery, tourism and pharmaceutical sectors to discuss the Swiss franc's damaging impact on the Alpine country's economy Friday.
A lack of action on the US fiscal position could lead to a "buyers strike," according to Bob Parker, a special advisor to Credit Suisse.
Over three years of financial crisis have "drained the word’s capacity" to deal with further shocks according to the World Economic Forum’s closely-watched Global Risks Report.
Spain is different than other euro zone periphery countries as its fiscal position is strong, Matias Rodriguez Inciarte, vice chairman of bank Santander, told CNBC Wednesday in an interview.