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Europe's Credit Suisse is in trouble. Could its problems infect the rest of the financial system?

Mar 15, 2023
The bank, much larger than SVB, found problems in its financial reporting. Its Saudi funders ended support, but Swiss officials may step in.
Credit Suisse, an institution with global reach, has had problems prior to the current turmoil in the banking industry.
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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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European Central Bank makes unprecedented rate hike to fight inflation

Sep 8, 2022
It's raised its benchmark deposit rate by 0.75% — to 0.75% — and may raise further. But Europe is also facing recession worries.
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Is the eurozone heading for another debt crisis?

Jul 20, 2022
As borrowing costs rise across the 19 nations that use the euro, worries about the currency bloc's stability grow.
The European Central Bank plans to tighten interest rates to battle inflation, but that could burden Europe's weaker economies.
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How far will the European Central Bank go to curb inflation?

Jul 20, 2022
Like the U.S., Europe is also trying to cope with surging inflation. But so far, the ECB has avoided hiking interest rates as a way to deal with it. That looks like it's about to change.
The headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) is pictured in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on June 15, 2022.
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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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European Central Bank announces plans to raise its key interest rate

Jun 9, 2022
It'll also end its large-scale bond-buying program. Central bankers are trying to tame inflation — like their U.S. counterparts at the Federal Reserve.
The European Central Bank said Thursday it plans to start raising its key interest rate next month.
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European Central Bank likely to end its negative interest rate experiment

May 23, 2022
Until the ECB became the first major central bank to try it, making interest rates negative seemed like defying economic gravity.
When the European Central Bank first pushed negative interest rates in 2014, it helped push the value of the euro lower and make European goods more attractive to foreign buyers.
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Top central bankers: Economy needs help despite vaccine news

Nov 13, 2020
U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said Congress “may need to do more” to cushion the blow from the pandemic.
Chairman of the Federal Reserve Jerome Powell testifies during the Senate's Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs hearing examining the quarterly CARES Act report to Congress on Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington.
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How Europe can support its economy as the COVID-19 outbreak grows

Mar 11, 2020
President Christine Lagarde has said the ECB is "ready to take appropriate and targeted measures" to address the crisis.
The European Central Bank benchmark rate already sits at a record low of -0.5%.
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