Monetary policy

August 07, 2019 - 12:00 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's central bank has cut its key interest rate for the fourth consecutive time, reducing the repo rate by 0.35% to 5.40% to shore up the economy, with consumer spending and corporate investment faltering and the production of capital goods and consumer durables decelerating. In...
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August 06, 2019 - 7:50 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's central bank has cut its benchmark interest rate to an all-time low of 1% as it forecasts tougher economic conditions ahead. The cut of half a percentage point by the Reserve Bank was a surprise with most economists forecasting a rate cut of 0.25%. The...
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In this July 31, 2019, photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. In a strong rebuke to President Donald Trump, the four living former leaders of the Federal Reserve say that the head of the nation's central bank should be able to make interest-rate decisions free of political pressure and the threat of being removed or demoted. Current Fed Chairman Powell has come under heavy attacks from Trump, who has repeatedly attacked Powell's decisions and has reportedly explored the possibility of either firing Powell or demoting him as Fed chairman. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
August 06, 2019 - 4:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a strong rebuke to President Donald Trump, the four living former leaders of the Federal Reserve say that the head of the nation's central bank should be able to make interest-rate decisions free of political pressure and the threat of being removed or demoted. The former...
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FILE - In this June 10, 2019, file photo, a man walks past a money exchange shop decorated with different banknotes at Central, a business district of Hong Kong. The U.S. Treasury Department labeled China a currency manipulator Monday, Aug. 5, after Beijing pushed down the value of its yuan in a dramatic escalation of the trade conflict between the world's two biggest economies. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
August 05, 2019 - 3:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department labeled China a currency manipulator Monday after Beijing pushed down the value of its yuan in a dramatic escalation of the trade conflict between the world's two biggest economies. The decision, which came hours after President Donald Trump accused...
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Chinese investors monitor stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Asian stock markets plunged Friday after President Donald Trump's surprise threat of tariff hikes on additional Chinese imports. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
August 01, 2019 - 10:53 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets plunged Friday after President Donald Trump's surprise threat of tariff hikes on additional Chinese imports. Tokyo's main market index fell 2.5% and Hong Kong's benchmark lost 2.3%. Markets in Shanghai, Sydney and Seoul also declined. Trump's announcement of 10%...
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Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, center, poses with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, right, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, for photos before holding talks at the Xijiao Conference Center in Shanghai Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool)
August 01, 2019 - 11:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump intensified pressure Thursday on China to reach a trade deal by saying that beginning Sept. 1, he will impose 10% tariffs on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese imports he hasn't already taxed. The move immediately sent stock prices sinking. The president...
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 31, 2019 - 9:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate Wednesday for the first time in a decade to try to counter the impact of President Donald Trump's trade wars, stubbornly low inflation and global weakness. It left open the possibility of future rate cuts, but perhaps not as many as...
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 31, 2019 - 2:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate Wednesday for the first time in a decade to try to counter the impact of President Donald Trump's trade wars, stubbornly low inflation and global weakness. Yet Wall Street seemed disappointed that Chairman Jerome Powell signaled that...
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FILE - In this July 10, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Powell has signaled that rising economic pressures, notably from President Donald Trump’s trade wars and from a global slowdown, have become cause for concern. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
July 31, 2019 - 12:17 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve and its action related to a key interest rate (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell was unable to say how many times the U.S. central bank might cut rates, though he said it would not be a long series of rate cuts...
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 31, 2019 - 12:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate Wednesday for the first time in a decade to try to counter threats ranging from uncertainties caused by President Donald Trump's trade wars to chronically low inflation and a dim global outlook. The Fed also repeated a pledge to "act...
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