What central bankers really wanted for Christmas

With global growth still sluggish, it may seem like any piece of positive data would have been well received by central bankers this Christmas.

If Janet Yellen, Mario Draghi or Mark Carney were on your list, these could've been thoughtful gifts.

Bank of England's Carney: Wage Inflation

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A gift of higher wages wouldn't be taken for granted by Bank of England (BOE) Governor Mark Carney, who has asked to see a 3 percent bump in wage growth by year-end before he would even consider raising the U.K.'s record-low interest rate.

While Britain has managed to cut unemployment to 5.2 percent — its lowest level since 2006 — wage inflation has remained stubbornly low, with the Office for National Statistics reporting 2 percent growth, including bonuses, in the three months to October.

That might not be so bad, until you consider that's down from 2.9 percent the previous quarter.

In its latest business conditions summary, the BOE said low inflation — currently at 0.1 percent— is to blame, with most pay increases staying within the 1 to 3 percent range.

Bank of Russia's Nabiullina: Higher oil prices

Russian Central Bank Chairman Elvira Nabiullina
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Russian Central Bank Chairman Elvira Nabiullina

Though Russian President Vladimir Putin told journalists at his annual press conference that the economic crisis has peaked, there is no doubt that the Central Bank of Russia would rejoice at higher oil prices to help boost the country's recovery.

Economic sanctions linked to Russia's involvement in Ukraine have compounded the pains of plummeting crude prices, both of which have put pressure on the ruble and sent inflation soaring to 15 percent — contrary to the deflationary effects low oil has had on most importers.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts the Russian economy will contract 3.8 percent this year.

There are however "tentative signs of economic stabilization," the IMF notes, while inflation is expected to decline nearly 3 percentage points to 12.7 percent by the end of 2015, and could fall further the next year — but only without further shocks to energy prices.

Fed's Yellen: A 'Silent Night' for markets

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Stock markets initially rejoiced after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised rates for the first time since 2006 last week, but a "Silent Night "for markets might be the most thoughtful gift for one of the world's most-watched central bankers.

At the press conference following the Fed's December rate hike, Yellen said financial market reaction beyond short term oscillations would be watched closely by the central bank.

"We obviously will track carefully the behavior of both short and longer term interest rates, the dollar, and asset prices, and if they move in persistent and significant ways that are out of line with the expectations that we have, then of course we will take those into account," Yellen told reporters.

But with plans now hatched for a gradual rate hikes over the coming months, Yellen might appreciate it if markets didn't throw a spanner in the works.

Bank of Japan's Kuroda: Household spending

Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan (BOJ)
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Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan (BOJ)

Undoubtedly inflation is the name of the game in Japan, but to get there, it might be worth getting into the holiday spirit and buying some gifts to help boost consumer spending.

Household expenditure fell 2.4 percent in October, disappointing analyst forecasts which had called for a 0.1 percent rise. It comes after Japan fell back into recession earlier this summer.

Japan has also urged businesses to open up their wallets, asking companies to boost capital expenditure and wages, and ultimately add a little bounce to the economy's step.

ECB's Draghi: Higher employment

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Grab some jobs, wrap them in a bow and tuck them under the tree for European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi.

Unemployment for both the euro zone and the full 28-member European Union has hovered near double digits since 2012. This has prompted the central banker to prod member states into action to help drag the continent out of its prolonged economic slump.

"Given continued high structural unemployment and low potential output growth in the euro area, the ongoing cyclical recovery should be supported by effective structural policies," Draghi urged in his December statement. He has previously suggested EU states ease hiring and firing procedures as well as lower barriers to entry for certain trades, in order to boost job numbers.

The latest figures from European statistics provider Eurostat said the euro zone jobless rate was 10.7 percent for October, down marginally from 10.8 percent in September and 11.5 percent from a year earlier and the lowest since January 2012.