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    1. 3 hours ago

      Why negative rates may dominate in 2016

      Central banks are pushing their benchmark borrowing costs deeper into negative territory, punishing financials and...

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      Yen hits 16-month high against dollar amid market turmoil

      Currency investors drove the yen to its highest level in 16 months against the dollar in the wake of warnings from...

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    1. 6 hours ago

      Negative rates: Why does Sweden’s move matter?

      Sweden is a small economy. Why should we care about what its central bank does? The Riksbank’s decision to delve deeper...

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      9 hours ago

      JPY, it wasn't meant to be this way

      What must the BoJ be thinking as the yen keeps getting stronger post the Japanese central bank’s announcement of...

    3. Fast FT

      10 hours ago

      Relentless yen rally; Dollar dipped under Y111

      The surge continues. The Japanese yen has moved into the Y11o-to-the-dollar territory for the first time since 2014,...

    4. Fast FT

      10 hours ago

      The rise of the yen: biggest rally since 2008

      We lose track of how many times we have said this since the end of January, but poor, poor Bank of Japan. The Japanese...

    5. February 10, 2016

      ‘Mrs Watanabe’ comes unstuck with Japan Post Bank stock

      More than a million Japanese investors, tempted into the stock market for the first time by the 2015 privatisation of...

    6. Fast FT

      February 10, 2016

      Could the Fed be next to go negative?

      Just a couple of months after the Fed finally pulled off its much-anticipated rate rise, talk has already turned to...

    7. February 10, 2016

      Currency market is braced for Janet Yellen’s Congressional testimony

      A jittery currency market is braced for further volatility on Wednesday when Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve chair,...

    8. February 10, 2016

      Bank of Japan seeks to change mindsets with negative rates

      Various criticisms have been generated by the Bank of Japan’s recent adoption of negative interest rates for accounts...

    9. Fast FT

      February 10, 2016

      Japanese shares hit fresh 15-month low

      Japanese shares hit a fresh 15-month low this morning, surpassing the previous mark hit during January’s savage...

    10. Fast FT

      February 10, 2016

      Wholesale inflation in Japan drops in January

      Negative interest rates to combat negative inflation rates; in Japan, it seems the latter is still winning, as producer...

    11. February 9, 2016

      European banks uneasy over deeper negative interest rates

      This year’s rout of European bank stocks has raised concern about how far below zero the European Central Bank can cut...

    12. February 9, 2016

      Central bankers peer into uncharted waters

      The boost to Japanese stocks and to global equities — and the weakening of the yen — that followed the Bank of Japan’s...

    13. February 9, 2016

      10-year Japanese government bond yield falls below zero

      The universe of government bonds trading with negative yields climbed to a new peak of $6tn on Tuesday as Japan became...

    14. Fast FT

      February 9, 2016

      Yen bears, beware of EM currencies

      Rubbing more salt in the Bank of Japan’s wound… The Japanese currency has risen by 4.7 per cent against the greenback...

    15. February 9, 2016

      Tina and Mrs Watanabe in bleak growth tale

      Tina’s gone Awol. We have noted before how some equity investors have cited Tina (There Is No Alternative) as a reason...

    16. February 9, 2016

      Weakening yen no longer coming to the rescue of Japan Inc

      As Japan Inc wrestles with a slowdown in China and emerging markets, corporate executives are faced with a bigger...

    17. Fast FT

      February 9, 2016

      Too fast? How JGB yields could spring back

      Beware the backlash. Yields on 10-year Japanese government bonds went negative for the first time earlier today, a...

    18. February 9, 2016

      Japan: alternating currency

      It looks like an epic fail. Despite the Bank of Japan cutting interest rates for new bank reserves into unprecedented...

    19. Fast FT

      February 9, 2016

      A Tom Cruise moment for central banks: Rabobank

      Now that analysts are comparing markets to Tom Cruise movies, it must be a sign we’ve all lost the plot. But at least...

    20. Fast FT

      February 9, 2016

      Japanese shares fall 5.5%, 10-yr yields crack zero

      It was a messy and historic day for Japan’s financial markets as equities slumped, the yen soared and 10-year bond...

    21. FT Alphaville

      February 9, 2016

      Tin hat time... everywhere?

      So far in 2016, yes. From Deutsche’s latest House View: We’re currently blaming the banks and mostly the European banks...

    22. FT Alphaville

      February 9, 2016

      Tin hat time in Japan?

      Japan 10Y Yield — Michael McDonough (@M_McDonough) February 9, 2016That’s the 10yr going...

    23. Fast FT

      February 9, 2016

      JGB 10-year yields turn negative

      They don’t call it the widow-maker for nothing. The yield on the Japanese government 10-year bond has turned negative....

    24. Fast FT

      February 9, 2016

      Japanese stocks down 5% as global rout continues

      Japanese and Australian financial markets were in a spin on Tuesday, with bank shares tumbling after a global sell-off,...

    25. Fast FT

      February 9, 2016

      Yen strengthens to 15-month high of Y115

      Yen strength was probably not what the Bank of Japan hoped would occur in the wake of its decision last month to adopt...

    26. February 9, 2016

      Bear market for banks poses fresh Fed challenge

      Out of nowhere, bank stocks in the US and western Europe are in a bear market. Credit default swaps — instruments many...

    27. Fast FT

      February 8, 2016

      Sorry, BoJ... Yen hits one-year high

      …And it’s gone. It’s grim out there in markets, firing up the yen’s typical tendency to rise in times of stress and...

    28. February 8, 2016

      BoJ board members warn of global race to cut interest rates

      Members of the Bank of Japan’s interest-rate setting committee warned of a global race with other central banks to set...

    29. Fast FT

      February 8, 2016

      Yen surges to fresh two-week high

      That dull knocking sound you can hear is Bank of Japan officials banging their heads on their desks as the yen does the...

    30. Fast FT

      February 8, 2016

      BoJ: rifts over negative rates laid bare

      Some board members at the Bank of Japan were clearly not impressed with the decision to introduce negative interest...

    31. Fast FT

      February 8, 2016

      Down, down, down go German bond yields

      After a reasonably bright start, nerves are back in global markets, propelling Germany’s safe-retreat government bonds...

    32. Fast FT

      February 5, 2016

      Bank bonds battered, CDS market signals stress

      European banks’ bonds are getting hammered along with their shares, as the outlook for the sector becomes increasingly...

    33. February 5, 2016

      Fund flows favour Treasuries over equities

      US stock funds were hit with a fresh wave of redemptions over the last week as investors rushed into haven assets,...

    34. Fast FT

      February 5, 2016

      US jobs data keeps markets in thrall

      Equities indices are steady ahead of today’s US jobs report, which will exert an important influence on the Federal...

    35. Fast FT

      February 5, 2016

      JGBs on the brink: 10-years yielding 0.01%

      Looks like today could be the day. One week after the surprise from Tokyo and the introduction of sub-zero interest...

    36. Fast FT

      February 5, 2016

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      Here’s a taste of today’s FirstFT email. You can sign up to receive it here. Anti-ageing remedy Removing tired-out...

    37. Fast FT

      February 5, 2016

      Asian markets slide ahead of US payrolls

      Asian markets were slipping ahead of a highly anticipated US jobs report on Friday and its implications for the Federal...

    38. Fast FT

      February 5, 2016

      Fast Asian Open: That sinking feeling?

      A raft of weak economic data on global manufacturing, including readings from China, dented positive sentiment on US...

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