Central banking

A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. Asian shares were mixed Thursday after China moved to ease trade tensions. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
September 12, 2019 - 4:11 am
BANGKOK (AP) — World stock markets rose cautiously Thursday as investors awaited the European Central Bank's decision on how much stimulus it will provide the economy. Sentiment also was brightened by hopes that China and the U.S. are moving to ease trade tensions. Germany's DAX edged 0.2% higher...
Read More
A party boat cruises over the river Main in Frankfurt, Germany, on a warm Saturday evening, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
September 11, 2019 - 8:22 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank appears to be preparing a new shot of stimulus to prop up the economy, amid broader questions about whether central banks like the ECB and the U.S. Federal Reserve can re-energize global growth on their own. Analysts say the bank is likely to cut...
Read More
President Donald Trump speaks at the 2019 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
September 11, 2019 - 4:30 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the U.S. is missing out economically because "Boneheads" at the Federal Reserve won't lower interest rates at his insistence. The Fed is meeting next week and is expected to trim its benchmark rate by another quarter point after cutting the rate for the...
Read More
People stand near an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Asian shares were mixed Tuesday after a day of listless trading on Wall Street, as investors awaited signs on global interest rates.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
September 10, 2019 - 1:29 am
TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mixed Tuesday after a day of listless trading on Wall Street, as investors awaited signs on global interest rates. France's CAC 40 slipped 0.3% to 5,569.68 in early trading, while Germany's DAX fell 0.3% to 12,193.09. Britain's FTSE 100 inched down 0.1% to 7,228.18...
Read More
September 06, 2019 - 1:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Friday that the Fed is not expecting a U.S. or global recession. But it is monitoring a number of uncertainties, including trade conflicts, and will "act as appropriate to sustain the expansion." Powell gave an upbeat view of the U.S...
Read More
FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2019, file photo pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange in New York. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 6. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
September 06, 2019 - 7:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes held steady Friday after a mixed report on U.S. jobs showed the heart of the economy slowed last month, but not dramatically, as President Donald Trump's trade war intensified. The Labor Department's jobs report is usually the most anticipated piece of data for...
Read More
September 04, 2019 - 11:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top Federal Reserve official has sought to clarify inflammatory comments he made last week that suggested the Fed should consider taking steps that would undermine President Donald Trump's re-election prospects. William Dudley, former president of the Fed's New York...
Read More
Christine Lagarde, director of the International Monetary Fund, delivers a speech after awarding German chancellor Angela Merkel with a honorary doctorate certificate during the graduation ceremony of the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management in Leipzig, Germany, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. By awarding the honorary doctorate HHL recognizes the Chancellor's accomplishments in leadership. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
September 04, 2019 - 2:30 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The nominee to succeed Mario Draghi as head of the European Central Bank has defended the bank's record low interest rates and extraordinary stimulus measures deployed in the wake of the Great Recession and eurozone debt crisis. Christine Lagarde said during a hearing...
Read More
In this June 14, 2019, photo a pair of shoppers, center, in the Levi's store in New York's Times Square, survey a T-shirt display. On Friday, Aug. 30, the Commerce Department issues its July report on consumer spending, which accounts for roughly 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
August 30, 2019 - 7:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending grew 0.6% in July, a healthy gain that suggests American shoppers are largely ignoring concerns about trade tensions and driving the economy forward. The Commerce Department said Friday that personal incomes rose just 0.1%, the smallest gain in 10 months...
Read More
Two people steer their paddle boards over the river Main with the buildings of the banking district in background in Frankfurt, Germany, late Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
August 30, 2019 - 2:34 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Inflation in the 19-country eurozone was stuck at a low annual rate of 1% in August, potentially bolstering the argument for the European Central Bank to provide more stimulus to the economy when it meets next month. Statistics agency Eurostat said Friday that the inflation rate was...
Read More

Pages