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    1. January 23, 2015

      Gold gains lustre on haven status

      Every January an asset comes into favour, making gains as sentiment flips with the calendar. As was the case a year ago,...

    2. Gavyn Davies

      January 23, 2015

      Mr Draghi finally delivers

      And then there were none. On Thursday, the European Central Bank became the last of the major central banks to announce a...

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    1. January 22, 2015

      Why ECB action is likely to stoke global currency wars

      Will quantitative easing by the European Central Bank succeed? Here’s a tip: watch the euro. Although Mario Draghi,...

    2. January 22, 2015

      Mario Draghi prepares to unveil easing proposals

      The European Central Bank is on Thursday set to follow the lead of the US Federal Reserve, the Bank of Japan and the Bank of...

    3. January 21, 2015

      Pound hits day-low as MPC loses its hawks

      Sterling fell back toward the $1.50 level against the dollar on Wednesday after two Bank of England policy makers dropped...

    4. January 21, 2015

      Japan central bank slashes inflation forecasts

      The Bank of Japan has slashed its inflation forecast for the year beginning this April to just 1 per cent, down from the 1.7...

    5. January 21, 2015

      Stocks bolstered by ECB QE optimism

      Wednesday 21:00 GMT. A further round of G10 central bank surprises dominated market action in the wake of last week’s Swiss...

    6. January 20, 2015

      Four reasons why QE will be different in the eurozone

      After much hesitation, the European Central Bank is at last expected to fall in line with the world’s other big central...

    7. January 20, 2015

      What to look out for from the BoJ

      It is less than three months since the Bank of Japan shocked financial markets with a dramatic expansion of monetary easing....

    8. January 19, 2015

      Macro managers seek return of volatility

      If the holy mantra of macro hedge fund managers is “don’t fight the Federal Reserve”, their investment performance of recent...

    9. January 19, 2015

      BoJ under pressure to review inflation forecast

      On the stroke of 3.30pm each working day a stirring tune is piped around the Bank of Japan. Employees within the dingy,...

    10. FT Alphaville

      January 14, 2015

      What is the relationship between inflation and investment?

      Conventional wisdom says that businesses adjust their investment spending according to changes to the cost of capital....

    11. January 14, 2015

      Inventories shrink as BoJ’s bond appetite grows

      In a global race to the bottom, few can keep up with Japan. The 10-year government bond of the most indebted major sovereign...

    12. January 13, 2015

      Government borrowing costs tumble

      Government borrowing costs tumbled on Tuesday as the spectre of exceptionally low inflation, driven downwards by the...

    13. January 8, 2015

      Japan public optimism for economy hits 2-year low

      Public optimism over the Japanese economy sunk to a two-year low in the run-up to last month’s election, underlining the...

    14. January 6, 2015

      Global rout drives down Japan government bond yields

      Investors clamouring for government bonds to flip to Japan’s central bank bought long-term debt at a record-low yield as a...

    15. December 30, 2014

      Bet on rising renminbi still a safe one

      A year ago, many hedge funds were congratulating themselves on one of their better ideas: borrowing cheap yen and investing...

    16. December 26, 2014

      Japan inflation slips to 14-month low

      Inflation in Japan dropped to a 14-month low in November, in what policy makers hope will be a temporary lull caused by the...

    17. December 23, 2014

      The ‘Great Rotation’ remains elusive

      Whatever happened to the “Great Rotation” — and will the move back into higher-yielding equities from lower-yielding bond...

    18. December 22, 2014

      Oil’s fall may prompt BoJ easing

      It is a very merry Christmas from Tokyo Electric Power. Last week, Japan’s biggest utility by service area said that the...

    19. December 19, 2014

      A falling oil price is good for the world economy

      Lower oil prices are not a good thing for Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president: that much is clear. But what about for...

    20. December 19, 2014

      Kuroda hails progress in deflation battle

      The governor of the Bank of Japan said on Friday the country was on track to win its battle with deflation but that the...

    21. December 14, 2014

      Prepare for the coming Japanese boom

      If you’re thinking of coming to Japan for a spring break, you’d better book fast. Occupancy rates for Tokyo and Osaka hotels...

    22. December 11, 2014

      ECB to decide what to publish in minutes of governing council

      The European Central Bank is set to decide how much information it will include in the minutes of its governing council...

    23. December 10, 2014

      Shinzo Abe faces feeble challenge from once-powerful DPJ

      Fuku Yamaguchi is, in many respects, a typical Japanese voter. The 71-year-old Shinjuku pensioner is mostly bemused by...

    24. December 9, 2014

      Yen’s decline seen as long-term trend

      As Japan gears up for a snap election, the currency is dominating debate. Politicians from the main opposition party are...

    25. December 7, 2014

      Japan’s start-up scene begins to gain traction after slow start

      Yusuke Mitsumoto had a good idea: a website for small businesses to create their own online stores instantly, without the...

    26. Andrew Smithers

      December 5, 2014

      Japan's chances of achieving inflation

      Japan’s economic policy is a battle between those who want inflation, on one side, and the fiscal hawks on the other. Prime...

    27. December 3, 2014

      Japan: A ballot on Abenomics

      If the aim of a snap election is to take everyone by surprise, then Shinzo Abe has played a blinder. Almost no one in Japan...

    28. December 3, 2014

      Dollar rally gains fresh energy from weaker oil

      The dollar’s rally stalled in November, but is gaining fresh fuel as investors calculate that a lower oil price will boost...

    29. December 2, 2014

      Another bond-buoying downgrade for Japan

      It is tough setting sovereign credit ratings on Japan. After months of hard work justifying a downgrade to his bosses, the...

    30. December 2, 2014

      Japan QE is cheap yen policy in disguise

      The yen has been losing value at a more rapid pace against the dollar since the Bank of Japan launched its latest round of...

    31. FT Alphaville

      November 28, 2014

      I see currency wars

      The first rule of currency wars is: you always talk about currency wars. The second rule is: you can always find one to talk...

    32. November 28, 2014

      Japan’s CPI falls to 0.9%

      Japanese core inflation last month fell below 1 per cent to a 13 month low, just weeks before prime minister Shinzo Abe...

    33. November 27, 2014

      Central banks not equals in investor affections

      Global financial markets’ love affair with central banks has blossomed since the US Federal Reserve started quantitative...

    34. FT Alphaville

      November 26, 2014

      ECB, QE and so long to that damn negativity

      On the potential death of that long awaited negative deposit rate, interesting thoughts from HSBC’s Steven Major below if...

    35. November 25, 2014

      Wall Street struggles to extend gains

      Tuesday 21:00 GMT. Wall Street struggled to extend its recent run of gains and the dollar retreated further from a four-year...

    36. November 25, 2014

      BoJ members warned on costs of more easing

      Bank of Japan board members warned last month that the benefits of extra monetary easing were not worth the costs, just...

    37. November 24, 2014

      Asian central banks seen eyeing rate cuts

      Easing measures in China and Japan have raised expectations that other Asian central banks will follow suit with...

    38. November 20, 2014

      Yen under pressure after 7-year dollar low

      The yen was the main casualty of the hawkish tone sounded by the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s last policy meeting, as...

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