TOKYO, July 3- Japanese government bond prices firmed on Friday, tracking firmer Treasuries after a disappointing U.S. employment report raised doubts about whether U.S. interest rates would rise this year. Volume was thin due to caution ahead of Greece's referendum on Sunday on its bailout conditions, as well as a U.S. market holiday on Friday to observe...» Read More
In the real world, gasoline prices surged 5.6% in April, but the government smooths out seasonal oddities so prices appeared lower in Wednesday's inflation report.
Bond fund leader Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian on Wednesday said the Federal Reserve does not have the tools to deal with the U.S. housing crisis and rapidly rising consumer prices, leaving it to lawmakers to avert a severe recession.
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker Wednesday said the central bank's role in overseeing financial markets needs to be more clearly defined and the that of rating agencies, sovereign wealth funds and hedge funds in the financial crisis should be weighed.
It’s another record in the real estate market, and it’s not a good one. RealtyTrac, the online foreclosure sale site, which has also been tracking foreclosure activity since the beginning of 2005, reports the single largest one-month volume of foreclosure activity it’s ever seen.
Consumer prices rose a smaller-than-expected 0.2 percent in April as energy prices held steady, a Labor Department report on Wednesday showed.
If we thought the Bank of England was walking a tightrope before, then the Bank's May inflation report says the rope is even tighter. Since the February report growth expectations have deteriorated and inflation expectations have strengthened.
British inflation will shoot up over the next year and remain above the 2 percent target in 2 years if rates fall by half a percentage point as markets expect, the Bank of England's new forecasts showed on Wednesday.
The Federal Reserve may start using regulation or even interest rates to fight asset-price bubbles, instead of trying to limit the damage once they burst, as it has done until now, the Financial Times reported on its Web site.
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the credit crisis is not over, even as his colleagues revealed growing concerns about inflation that could signal a pause in interest rate cuts.
San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank President Janet Yellen said Tuesday the current level of U.S. interest rates should boost the economy in the second half of 2008.
The Realtors tend to see the glass half full, that is, that 1/3 of the nation’s top 149 metro markets are still showing price increases year-over-year. But for those of us living in the other 2/3, we probably see the glass half empty.
The U.S. economy will barely expand in the second quarter and the chances of it shrinking have risen, following sluggish growth early in the year, said a Philadelphia Federal Reserve survey released Tuesday.
ECB policymaker Christian Noyer said on Tuesday that an explosive mix of soaring commodity prices and "permissive" monetary policy in some countries with dollar pegs could trigger an inflationary spiral which would hurt poor nations most.
Retail sales weakened modestly in April, but outside the hard-pressed auto sector they showed more resiliency than anticipated.
Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank President Sandra Pianalto said on Tuesday that although core U.S. price measures were climbing faster than she wanted, Fed monetary policy was compatible with low inflation.
The latest inflation number for the UK economy is punchy. The analysts were looking for CPI at a little over 2.5 percent - the annualized figure as delivered is 3 percent. April came in at 0.8 percent. Food and energy prices are making it hard for the Bank of England to cut interest rates. This should be supportive for the British pound. But the market smells blood.
UK housing sentiment slumped to record lows in April, underscoring continued weakness in the sector and piling pressure on the Bank of England at a time when snowballing inflation could force it to keep interest rates on hold.
Soaring food and fuel bills pushed up Britain's inflation rate by its biggest amount in nearly six years, further denting expectations of interest rate cuts despite a slowing economy.
JPMorgan Chase Chairman and Chief Executive Jamie Dimon Monday told bank investors that while the current credit market crunch may soon be over, the U.S. economy could still face a deep and extended recession
Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans said that U.S. interest rates are "accommodative" and at the right level given a weak growth outlook, but then indicated that the Fed could still be open to cutting rates further.