On Friday, ECB President Mario Draghi delivered a damning indictment on the Eurozone economy, saying that underlying growth momentum remains weak, the economic situation in the euro-area remains difficult and that the inflation situation has become more challenging.
The yen dropped to a seven-year low against the dollar as investors bet Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will win an early election, renewing his mandate to pursue stimulative monetary policy and structural changes.
Less than 24 hours after heads of state gathering in Brisbane, Australia, agreed to take measures that would boost their economies, the Cabinet Office delivered news in Tokyo that Japan’s gross domestic product unexpectedly shrank an annualized 1.6%.
When Dr. Alan Greenspan became chairman of the Federal Reserve, he moved from the world of rhetorical economics to the world of action. His most recent memoir attempts to make sense of how the financial crisis of 2008 came to be and how we can better predict future crises, along with the role of gold in a global monetary system.
The famous "war cry, it’s the economy stupid", is re-emerging during this mid-term election process. On the one hand "positive news" like an unemployment rate of 5.9%, ...On the other hand more people have removed themselves from the employment rolls.
One central bank ends QE, another increases it. This is not a trick, but a treat for the markets. The global equity markets found additional buoyancy on Friday after the Bank of Japan surprised the markets overnight by expanding its monetary easing program to about 80 trillion yen a year, up from Y60tn-Y70tn previously.