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Bank of Japan expands QE program in surprise move
trueBank of Japan announced an expansion of its quantitative and qualitative easing program, shocking the currency markets and bolstering stocks.
Fed stops bond buying, stays with federal funds rate near zero
trueThe Federal Open Market Committee’s bond-buying program will end this week, members announced Wednesday at the end of a two-day meeting, citing “substantial improvement” in the labor market outlook and underlying strength in the broader economy.
Fed: One more month of tapering, funds rate stays low
trueMembers of the Federal Open Market Committee voted to finish tapering their bond-buying program with a final $15 billion in purchases in October.
ECB's new asset purchases could total €2 trillion
trueThe European Central Bank announced Thursday it would begin purchasing asset-backed securities and covered bonds in an effort to prop up the region's economy and spur inflation. According to a Citi report, the eligible assets could potentially total more than €2 trillion of the eurosystem's €14.1 ...
Fed officials: Job gains might bring faster rate increase
trueFederal Reserve officials raised the possibility that they might begin removing aggressive stimulus sooner than anticipated, as they neared agreement on an exit strategy, according to minutes of their July meeting.
Inflation protection — better to be safe, not sorry
trueSometimes it takes a crisis to make us all realize that, yes, inflation can always be lurking just over the horizon.
ECB's interest rate cut could put pressure on pension fund liabilities
trueThe European Central Bank’s decision to further cut interest rates in an effort to stave off deflation have been met with mixed reactions by money managers.
United Technologies puts final touches on 401(k) plan overhaul
trueUnited Technologies this week will introduce two core options in its 401(k) plans that are designed to reduce portfolio volatility and address the impact of inflation.
Is the Phillips Curve signaling higher inflation?
trueAllan Meltzer, a renowned historian of the Fed, warned in an op-ed last week: “Never in history has a country that financed big budget deficits with large amounts of central bank money avoided inflation. Yet the U.S. has been printing money -- and in a reckless fashion -- for years.”
Outlook for Treasury inflation-protected securities
trueWhile this might seem like a non-intuitive point, after exploring the mechanics of TIPS, it should become clear that the asset class may experience headwinds.
Emerging markets crisis and inflation expectations
trueThe woes of emerging economies could temper the Fed’s tapering in coming months by strengthening the dollar, which could push U.S. inflation closer to zero. The J.P. Morgan Trade-Weighted Dollar index has been trending higher since mid-2011. A strong dollar tends to depress inflation.
Senate confirms Yellen as Fed chairwoman
trueJanet Yellen was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve.
Fed doesn't change interest rates, quantitative easing
trueDespite seeing signs of “growing underlying strength” and diminished downside risk in the economy, members of the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington on Wednesday decided to make no changes to their $85 billion-per-month bond purchase program, and to keep a low federal funds rate of ...
El-Erian: Major economies, investors must address inflation in 'medium term'
trueThe U.S. inflation rate should be in the 1.5% to 2% range in the next 12 months, compared to the current rate of 1.4%, Mohamed El-Erian, CEO and co-chief investment officer of Pacific Investment Management Co., said on Monday.
Policies turning around Japan from lost decades
truefter two lost decades, the Nik-kei 225 index's surge of more than 50% since November caught the attention of investors.