Central banking

President of European Central Bank Christine Lagarde smiles prior to a press conference following a meeting of the governing council in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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January 23, 2020 - 11:53 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank has decided to launch a top-to-bottom review of how it steers the economy in the 19 countries that use the euro currency. The review, the first since the global financial crisis, could include tweaking the bank's goal for inflation and finding...
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Clouds drift over the European Central Bank, right, in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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January 21, 2020 - 9:57 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Major central banks have joined together to explore whether they should issue digital currencies as the use of cash declines and more people turn to electronic forms of paying. The study group is made up of the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan, the Bank of Canada,...
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A worker cleans up an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. Asian stock markets have tumbled as concern about the impact of a Chinese disease outbreak on tourism and regional economies grows. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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January 21, 2020 - 4:26 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stock and oil prices tumbled Tuesday as concern about the impact of a Chinese disease outbreak increased and a rating agency cut Hong Kong's credit rating for official borrowing due to political tension. Japan's central bank left its key interest rate unchanged and upgraded...
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An employee works in a chemical fiber plant in Nantong in eastern China's Jiangsu Province, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. China's economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low in 2019 as Beijing fought a tariff war with Washington, but forecasters said a U.S.-Chinese trade truce might help to revive consumer and business activity. (Chinatopix via AP)
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January 20, 2020 - 8:24 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Low interest rates and reduced trade tensions will likely buoy the global economy over the next two years and help nurture steady if modest growth. That's the view of the International Monetary Fund, which foresees world economic growth accelerating from 2.9% last year to 3.3% in...
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FILE - This Feb. 5, 2018, file photo shows the seal of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve System at the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building in Washington. On Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, President Donald Trump announced he has nominated Judy Shelton and Christopher Waller to serve on the Federal Reserve's influential Board of Governors. Shelton is an economic adviser to Trump's campaign who recently served as the U.S. executive director for the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development. Waller is the director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
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January 16, 2020 - 8:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he intends to nominate two people to serve on the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, an institution he has repeatedly attacked for not cutting rates deeply enough. Both were first named by Trump on Twitter in July but their nominations...
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Clouds pass by the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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January 16, 2020 - 9:30 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Top officials at the European Central Bank say economic growth remains weak though they see a few upbeat signs after the U.S. and China moved toward lowering trade tensions. Recent data point to “a stabilization in euro area growth,” according to an account of the Dec. 12...
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FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2013, file photo, the JPMorgan Chase logo is displayed at their headquarters in New York. Banking giant JPMorgan Chase said that its fourth-quarter profits jumped 21% from a year earlier, as the bank's trading desks had a blowout quarter. A sharp increase in JPMorgan's trading business made up for declining interest rates, which impacted other parts of the bank. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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January 14, 2020 - 1:50 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — So far, it appears 2019 was another record year for Wall Street. Trading of stocks and bonds rebounded after a terrible end to 2018 and consumers spent tons of money on their credit cards, buoyed by a strong job market and steady economic growth. On Tuesday, JPMorgan Chase reported...
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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2019, file photo former Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks with FOX Business Network guest anchor Jon Hilsenrath in the Fox Washington bureau in Washington. In her first year as Federal Reserve chair, Yellen presided over a policy panel divided over the issue of how much longer the central bank could afford to keep its benchmark interest rate at a record low, and how to prepare financial markets for the start of rate hikes. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
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January 10, 2020 - 4:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In her first year as Federal Reserve chair, Janet Yellen presided over a policy panel divided over the issue of how much longer the central bank could afford to keep its benchmark interest rate at a record low, and how to prepare financial markets for the start of rate hikes...
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January 09, 2020 - 1:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Federal Reserve official believes that the U.S. central bank needs to re-orient its thinking and policies toward fighting inflation that is too low, rather than its historic focus on keeping inflation from getting too high. John Williams, president of the New York Federal...
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A cargo ship passes the buildings of the banking district on the river Main in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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January 07, 2020 - 6:07 am
LONDON (AP) — Inflation across the 19-country eurozone spiked to a six-month high in December even before the recent jump in oil prices in the wake of escalating U.S.-Iran tensions, official figures showed Tuesday. Statistics agency Eurostat said prices increased across the board during December,...
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