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U.S. dollar's strength is mostly bad news for countries and companies around the world

Sep 6, 2023
Central banks have a couple of tools they can use to push back, including interest rate hikes and selling U.S. dollars..
The U.S. dollar spent August surging against Asian currencies.
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It's not just the Fed. Central banks around the world are meeting this week.

Jul 24, 2023
The European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan and others will also weigh rate hikes. The world will be watching for hints of policy changes.
Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank.
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Why central banks operate with a pack mentality

Jun 22, 2023
Traditionally, central banks have more or less unofficially moved in concert with each other when it comes to tackling monetary policy.
Above, U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. Group mentality is part of central banking culture, says Peter Conti-Brown of the Wharton School.
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Why some countries' central banks follow the Fed's lead

Mar 23, 2023
The U.S. Federal Reserve coordinates some operations — sometimes even interest rates changes — with other central banks. Here's how that works.
The Federal Reserve sometimes coordinates interest rate changes with other countries because in a global economy, it can’t achieve low inflation and maximum employment alone.
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All eyes are on the Federal Reserve's next move in this "wobbly" economic moment

Mar 20, 2023
The inflation threat calls for one type of action, and the banking turmoil calls for another. How will the Fed respond?
Chairman Jerome Powell and other policymakers at the central bank will reveal their interest rate decision Wednesday. The Fed is also taking steps to stabilize the condition of regional banks and protect depositors.
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Bank of Japan maintains its ultralow interest rate policy

Jan 18, 2023
A lot of investors were betting that the Bank of Japan would join other central banks in hiking rates to beat back inflation.
Though some investors thought the Bank of Japan, seen above, would join other big central banks and push interest rates higher, it did not.
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Housing markets across the globe hit by rising rates

Nov 24, 2022
The U.S. isn't the only country with a central bank that's hiking rates. Here's how that's affecting housing markets around the world.
Apartments on the market in Berlin. Tightening monetary policy is cooling housing demand in Germany, but immigration may stimulate it.
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Inflation is a global problem, but different countries face different pressures

Aug 29, 2022
The U.S. is seeing some moderation in energy and food prices. That's not case overseas.
The energy situation in Europe, given its dependence on Russia, and the labor market forces are different from what we're seeing in the U.S.
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Central bankers' group sees a "narrow path" to rein in inflation and maintain growth

Jun 27, 2022
It's largely about preventing “inflationary psychology” from becoming entrenched, the Bank for International Settlements said.
The Bank for International Settlements warned that “inflationary psychology” could become entrenched and self-reinforcing. But the effort to douse inflation comes with risk of its own.
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Inflation's a global problem. Curbing it may send some countries' economies into recession.

Jun 16, 2022
The U.S. economy might have an easier time achieving a "soft landing" than economies in Europe and elsewhere.
Europe has not yet reached pre-pandemic employment or output levels, and the ECB has signaled an interest rate hike next month. Above, the European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.
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