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  • MOSCOW, March 23- Lower oil prices will have a long-lasting impact on Russia, Central Bank First Deputy Governor Ksenia Yudayeva said on Monday. The Russian economy is forecast this year to slip into recession for the first time since the aftermath of the global financial crisis in 2009, hit by declining crude prices and sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role...

  • NEW YORK— The Federal Reserve surprised financial markets on Wednesday with a cautious outlook on the economy, pushing stocks and bonds sharply higher. Investors judged that the tentative tone stuck by the Fed following a two-day meeting meant that interest rates may soon be heading higher, but the pace of any increases will be more moderate than they...

  • Understanding what informs Fed policy decisions Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 9:21 AM ET
    The Federal Reserve building

    Most people have no idea how the Fed works, what it actually does and why its decisions have so much impact. Here's a brief history.

  • March 18- Business sentiment at Asia's top companies remained upbeat at the start of 2015 with Indian companies turning in the region's most positive outlook for the fourth straight quarter, buoyed by confidence in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic reform agenda. Optimism was tempered by firms in China, where the government expects economic growth to...

  • TOKYO, March 17- The Bank of Japan maintained its massive stimulus programme on Tuesday and signaled its conviction that a steady economic recovery will help achieve its ambitious price target without immediate, additional monetary easing. As widely expected, the BOJ maintained its stimulus programme that pledges to print money at an annual pace of 80...

  • BRASILIA, March 12- Brazil's inflation will rise more than expected this year, but tighter monetary and fiscal policies and a slowdown in activity will ease price pressures in 2016, the central bank said on Thursday, leaving the door open for more interest rate increases. The bank continues to leave the door open for more increases, "said Thais Marzola Zara, chief...

  • *Jan machinery orders -1.7 pct vs f'cast -4.1 pct. TOKYO, March 11- Japan's core machinery orders fell 1.7 percent in January, suggesting that companies remain reluctant to increase capital expenditure given the uncertain economic outlook. The data underscores the challenges Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Bank of Japan face as they attempt to nudge firms...

  • March 9- Standard& Poor's cut its outlook on Connecticut's general obligation and appropriation-secured debt to "negative" from "stable," citing higher budget pressure due to weak revenue growth. Connecticut's "relatively weak" post-recession economic growth has increased budget pressure despite a substantial tax hike in fiscal 2012, S&P said on Monday.

  • Euro weakness, exports lift southern Europe car output Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 11:25 AM ET

    *FCA is turning the corner in Europe, CEO Marchionne says. GENEVA, March 4- While southern Europe is experiencing at best a patchy economic recovery, the outlook for the region's car makers is a little less bumpy thanks to the weak euro, cheaper oil and labour reforms. At the Geneva auto show, industry executives have warned against overoptimism about what might yet...

  • Most Americans still struggling to save Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 PM ET

    More than a third of Americans have no savings, a new study finds, and many are living paycheck to paycheck.

  • UPDATE 1-OECD raises Italy 2015 GDP forecast to 0.6 pct Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 8:12 AM ET

    *Warns market sentiment could turn on Italy. Italy has not posted a single quarter of growth since the middle of 2011.. The 114- page report on Italy's economy contained a 2015 growth forecast of 0.4 percent, but the OECD's head Angel Gurria told reporters at a presentation that the most recent developments had prompted an upward revision.

  • *BOJ keeps massive stimulus intact. TOKYO, Feb 18- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Wednesday he saw no immediate need to expand monetary stimulus again with inflation heading up towards his 2 percent target-despite temporary pressure from slumping oil prices. Kuroda made the remarks after the BOJ, as widely expected, maintained its stimulus...

  • Japan exits recession: Reaction   Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 4:30 AM ET
    Japan exits recession: Reaction

    As Japan exits technical recession, Tapan Datta, head of global asset allocation at Aon Hewitt, says the "picture is far from benign" as there's very little growth in the Japanese economy.

  • TOKYO, Feb 16- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he hopes the central bank continues with its bold monetary easing campaign to achieve its 2 percent inflation target. Speaking in parliament, Abe praised the BOJ's aggressive stimulus program for helping revive the economy and wipe out the public's "sticky deflationary mindset."

  • *Q4 GDP up annualized 2.2 pct vs f'cast +3.7 pct. TOKYO, Feb 16- Japan's economy rebounded from recession to grow an annualized 2.2 percent in the final quarter of last year, giving a much-needed boost to premier Shinzo Abe's efforts to shake off decades of stagnation even as the global outlook deteriorates. Still, the return to growth will allow the Bank of Japan to...

  • TOKYO, Feb 13- Inflation in Japan is forecast to slow further in coming quarters pressured by the collapse in crude oil prices, but the Bank of Japan is set to sit tight for now as it assesses the broad impact of the oil slump on consumption and prices. But a patient approach will give the BOJ more time to assess the impacts of a wave of monetary policy easings around the...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 9- Russian car sales are expected to decline by 25-35 percent this year, accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers said on Monday, hit by a sharp economic slowdown and devaluation of the rouble. Russia, a country with 143 million people, has been a booming market for car producers since the fall of the Soviet Union. But with the economy heading for...

  • Despite woes, Russia optimistic on economic outlook Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | 11:29 PM ET

    Russia's economy ministry said on Saturday it expected gross domestic product to fall 3 percent this year, more optimistic than many analysts' forecasts of a 4-5 percent drop.

  • MOSCOW, Jan 31- Russia's economy ministry said on Saturday it expected gross domestic product to fall 3 percent this year, more optimistic than many analysts' forecasts of a 4-5 percent drop. The economy has been hit by a sharp fall in oil prices and by sanctions imposed on Moscow for its role in the Ukraine crisis, leaving Russia facing its first year of recession...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 31- Russia's economy ministry said on Saturday it expected gross domestic product to fall 3 percent this year, more optimistic than many analysts' forecasts of a 4-5 percent drop. The economy has been hit by a sharp fall in oil prices and sanctions imposed on Moscow for its role in the Ukraine crisis, leaving Russia facing its first year of recession...