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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How Russia could feel the sting of being excluded from SWIFT

Feb 28, 2022
Being cut off from the SWIFT system means Russian banks can't legally or efficiently execute transactions.
A protester holds a placard during a rally against Russia's invasion of Ukraine, at Place de la Republique in Paris, on Febr. 26, 2022.
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How big a problem is rising inflation in the United Kingdom?

Nov 3, 2021
For Alfred G Pearce, the biggest veggie producer in the U.K., signs of inflation are everywhere.
Everyday shoppers in the U.K. paid prices in September that were 3.1% higher than they were a year ago.
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Does the Federal Reserve have the power to fight climate change?

Sep 17, 2021
The central bank can "be an assist" on climate risk, says economist Claudia Sahm, but Congress sets the priorities.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. The Fed can do research and integrate climate risk into bank stress tests, economist Claudia Sahm says. But mainly it "follows orders; Congress tells it what to do."
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Why the Fed is taking longer than other central banks to ease COVID relief

Jun 16, 2021
The Fed has a dual mandate to control inflation as well as unemployment, unlike other central banks.
A view of the Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C.
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What role does the Fed have in mitigating climate change?

Jun 4, 2021
The Fed has to walk a fine line between mitigating disaster and shifting monetary policy to focus on fighting climate change.
Federal Reserve Board Jerome Powell testifies during a hearing on "The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress."
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