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  1. August 21, 2014

    Janet Yellen to see Jackson Hole return to wonky roots

    There will be no Wall Street economists in the audience when Janet Yellen addresses the Kansas City Fed’s annual Jackson...

  2. August 21, 2014

    Dramas to match scenery at Jackson Hole

    The annual August summits of the world’s top central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, have a dramatic mountain backdrop,...

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  1. August 20, 2014

    Bank of England unanimity on rates crumbles

    The Bank of England has moved a step closer to ending the era of ultra-low borrowing costs after two of the nine Monetary...

  2. August 19, 2014

    An indifferent time for Japan

    Remember when the whole world was mad about Japan? For much of last year there were few hotter themes on global macro desks....

  3. August 14, 2014

    Despite gloomy numbers the economy still has bounce

    It is perhaps a contradiction in terms, but it was an uplifting week for the Eeyores of economic commentary. Germany and...

  4. FT Alphaville

    August 8, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asia-Pacific investors were selling risky assets and stuffing cash into havens after US President Barack Obama...

  5. August 3, 2014

    Economic Outlook: Clues sought to timing of UK interest rate rise

    Policy announcements overshadow the week’s data releases with rate decisions from the European Central Bank and Bank of...

  6. July 25, 2014

    S&P 500 retreats from record high

    Friday 21:00 BST. US and European equities took a step back at the end of a week that saw Wall Street hit record highs as...

  7. July 21, 2014

    Japan’s retail investors pile into US dollar funds

    Since former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke began to gesture towards an exit from ultra-easy monetary policy last...

  8. Andrew Smithers

    July 16, 2014

    QE and the economic risks of underfunding

    In the past governments have funded their deficits – for example, they have borrowed in the bond market rather than through...

  9. July 15, 2014

    BoJ pares growth forecast for fiscal 2014

    Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Tuesday that there is “no chance” of inflation dropping below 1 per cent,...

  10. July 15, 2014

    JGB rally bodes ill for a resurgent Japan

    Akira Amari has a good ear for a catchphrase. At a press conference this month Japan’s economy minister assured his audience...

  11. July 13, 2014

    Central bank leaders’ views to set the tone for the week

    Testimony by central bankers to parliaments will be a highlight this week as Bank of England governor Mark Carney will...

  12. July 11, 2014

    UK construction shrinks sharply

    Americas Canada lost 9,400 jobs in June, official figures showed on Friday, muddying the picture for the country’s central...

  13. July 9, 2014

    Cheap BoJ funds pour into Japanese government bonds

    Cheap funds supplied by Japan’s central bank to boost lending are ending up in government bonds, say traders, exposing...

  14. July 8, 2014

    Going it alone is no longer an option for Japan’s stagnant banks

    Yachiyo Bank of Tokyo is in many ways a typical Japanese regional lender. It has the slightly down-at-heel headquarters in...

  15. July 7, 2014

    ECB under pressure to tackle ‘crazy’ euro

    Pressure is mounting on the European Central Bank to take action against a persistently strong euro with a leading...

  16. Money Supply

    July 2, 2014

    Japan's inflation expectations: glass half empty?

    “Inflation expectations appear to be rising on the whole.” Check out the last 11 policy statements from the Bank of Japan:...

  17. July 1, 2014

    Japan’s Tankan business survey falls after consumption tax rise

    Confidence among Japanese companies has dipped after of April’s consumption tax increase, marking the first drop since Prime...

  18. FT Alphaville

    June 27, 2014

    The widowmaker doesn't care if this is nuts

    Japan is the home of the “widowmaker” trade: the obviously mispriced Japanese government bonds (JGBs) which keep getting...

  19. FT Alphaville

    June 27, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Camp Alphaville FAQ continues: Will Cardiff have a megaphone? Yes. Will that be his only crowd control tool? No.(Details and...

  20. FT Alphaville

    June 25, 2014

    The euro macro trade?

    Things that should make Draghi smile include… Click Citi’s charts to enlarge. They show that the euro’s correlation with...

  21. FT Alphaville

    June 24, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Camp Alphaville reminder: Eight days to go (Details here) Markets: Japanese stocks dropped following indications the Bank of...

  22. June 23, 2014

    Haruhiko Kuroda predicts temporary drop in inflation

    Haruhiko Kuroda, Bank of Japan governor, on Monday said that inflation could dip as low as “around 1 per cent” over the...

  23. FT Alphaville

    June 23, 2014

    [Updated] Corporate tax cuts, seigniorage and the BoJ

    Been a little while since we checked in on Japan and Abenomics but this from Credit Suisse on Abe’s plan to cut the...

  24. June 19, 2014

    Investors enticed as Japan tackles structural issues

    If Shinzo Abe were hoping for a rapturous reception to the third act of his grand plan to revive Japan, formally outlined on...

  25. June 13, 2014

    BoJ resists pressure for additional easing

    The Bank of Japan has kept its policy settings on hold, while warning of a broad drop-off in demand in the wake of the...

  26. FT Alphaville

    June 13, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Camp Alphaville reminder: Turing tests available upon request. (Details here) Markets: Escalating violence in Iraq drove...

  27. June 11, 2014

    Kuroda always looks on the bright side, but reality is dark

    For Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda, things are always looking up. The 2 per cent target for inflation will be met...

  28. June 9, 2014

    Japan’s companies loosen grip on cash

    As a rule, Japan Inc has long squirrelled cash away. Companies in the Topix 500, excluding financial stocks, were holding...

  29. June 8, 2014

    Data to give details of China’s inflation, money supply and loans

    A relatively quiet week will allow markets to digest the European Central Bank’s announcements of policy changes last week....

  30. June 8, 2014

    Japan sends a chill through Polar Capital

    The managers of Polar Capital’s Japanese megafund have admitted to being caught out by the market, saying this has led to...

  31. beyondbrics

    June 6, 2014

    EM liquidity: the danger stalking global markets

    “Emerging markets are where we can measure the deterioration of trading conditions. They are the warning for the rest of the...

  32. June 5, 2014

    Shift to riskier assets makes sense for Japan’s GPIF

    The Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan can sometimes seem like a simple price-support mechanism. Whenever the stock...

  33. June 3, 2014

    Japan’s ‘misery index’ looks . . . well, miserable

    Fancy earning up to $800 a day? Get down to a Japanese construction site. Last year’s decision to award Tokyo the 2020...

  34. June 3, 2014

    How ECB QE could affect emerging economies

    For once, the European Central Bank’s monthly rate decision – due on Thursday – promises to be a lively event. ECB President...

  35. FT Alphaville

    May 30, 2014

    Ah, I see we are firmly in the "what if QE fails" stage of the debate...

    … and back on the “buy foreign bonds” option. Never mind the former might never happen, let alone happen when the ECB meets...

  36. May 29, 2014

    Retail sales fall as Japan tax rise bites

    Retail sales in Japan fell at a record pace in April, after the government pushed ahead with the first consumption tax rise...

  37. Andrew Smithers

    May 28, 2014

    QE and the Japanese stock market (part one)

    As I pointed out at the start of this year, the US stock market was about 70 per cent overvalued but, I thought, more likely...

  38. May 26, 2014

    Bank of Japan opens up to the limits of monetary policy

    It is not easy being Takahide Kiuchi. Since the Bank of Japan came under new management last spring, he has often been a...

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