Central banking

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda speaks during a news conference in Tokyo Monday, March 16, 2020. Japan's central bank took emergency action Monday to help support the economy following the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to cut its benchmark interest rate to nearly 0%. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
March 16, 2020 - 4:50 am
BANGKOK (AP) — The Bank of Japan joined other major central banks Monday in expanding its already unprecedented levels of monetary support for financial markets and companies battered by the outbreak of the coronavirus. The BOJ announced after an emergency policy meeting that it would expand its...
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FILE - In this Friday, March 13, 2020, file photo, a trader walks on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during President Donald Trump's televised speech from the White House, in New York. Stock markets are set for another week of turbulent trading as U.S. index futures fell sharply after the Federal Reserve slashed interest rates and more companies and governments took action over the weekend to shut down European and American society. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
March 15, 2020 - 11:21 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets and U.S. futures fell Monday after the Federal Reserve slashed its key interest rate to shore up economic growth in the face of mounting global anti-virus controls that are shutting down business and travel. Sydney's benchmark plunged 7% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng...
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Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell pauses during a news conference, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, while discussing an announcement from the Federal Open Market Committee, in Washington. In a surprise move, the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate by a sizable half-percentage point in an effort to support the economy in the face of the spreading coronavirus. Chairman Jerome Powell noted that the coronavirus "poses evolving risks to economic activity." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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March 15, 2020 - 6:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve took massive emergency action Sunday to help the economy withstand the coronavirus by slashing its benchmark interest rate to near zero and saying it would buy $700 billion in Treasury and mortgage bonds. The Fed’s surprise announcement signaled its worry that...
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The display board with the curve of the DAX photographed behind a pictogram for a fire extinguisher in the trading room of the Stock Exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, March 12, 2020. This was again triggered by concerns about the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Boris Roessler/dpa via AP)
March 15, 2020 - 12:37 pm
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — When the global economy melted down in 2008, world leaders swiftly created an international forum to boost economies by spending more and keeping trade open. Central banks announced rate cuts within seconds of each other. But so far, nations' approach to the economic shock...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room at the White House, Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
March 14, 2020 - 9:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday he had the power to fire or demote Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, adding new fuel to his long-running animus toward the central bank’s leader at a moment when the economy was at risk of edging into recession. Trump told reporters that...
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A broker watches his screens at the stock market in Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, March 13, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
March 13, 2020 - 2:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank have taken large steps this week to try to calm financial markets and restore some degree of confidence. So far, it hasn't quite worked. The central banks are facing a crisis only partly responsive to the medicine they can provide...
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A Thai investor checks an electronic board showing stock prices at Asia Plus Securities, a private stock trading floor, in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, March 13, 2020. Shares plunged in Asia on Friday, with benchmarks in Japan, Thailand and India sinking as much as 10% after Wall Street suffered its biggest drop since the Black Monday crash of 1987. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
March 13, 2020 - 7:59 am
The Latest on financial markets: The Germany government is pledging at least 460 billion euros ($513 billion) in guarantees to cope with the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Germany's economy minister, Peter Altmaier, said there was no limit to the amount the government was willing to...
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A man walks past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, March 13, 2020. Shares have plunged in Asia, with Japan’s benchmark sinking 10% after Wall Street suffered its biggest drop since the Black Monday crash of 1987. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
March 13, 2020 - 12:30 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares plunged in Asia on Friday, with benchmarks in Japan, Thailand and India sinking as much as 10% after Wall Street suffered its biggest drop since the Black Monday crash of 1987. Markets worldwide have retreated as fears of economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis deepen and...
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Michael Conlon, center, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Stocks are sharply lower after resuming trading as traders fear that not enough is being done to contain the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
March 12, 2020 - 3:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the action in the financial markets (all times local): 3:45 p.m. The severity of Wall Street’s rout this week may echo the swoons for stocks at the height of the 2008 financial crisis, but that’s where the parallels end. Back then, investors were rattled as Lehman...
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The buildings of the banking district are photographed through raindrops on a window in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
March 12, 2020 - 10:08 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is deploying new stimulus measures to cushion the economic pain inflicted by the virus outbreak, but avoided cutting interest rates in a situation where economists say monetary policy can do little more than limit the damage. The central bank for...
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