Central banking

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell arrives to speak at a news conference after the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. On Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, the Federal Reserve releases minutes from its December meeting when it kept its key interest rate unchanged. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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January 03, 2020 - 2:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve’s policymaking committee saw much less risk of recession at its meeting last month, when it kept interest rates steady after three straight cuts and signaled that it expected to keep low rates unchanged through this year. Minutes of the December meeting,...
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo, stock prices are displayed at the New York Stock Exchange. Funds of all types made money through 2019, from risky ones full of stocks from developing economies to stodgy funds holding only super-safe Treasury bonds. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
January 02, 2020 - 1:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Break out the Spice Girls CDs. That was one of the best years in decades for funds. Funds of all types made money through 2019, from risky ones full of stocks from developing economies to stodgy funds holding only super-safe Treasury bonds. Someone who came into 2019 with their...
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Jung Ji-won, third from left, chief executive of the Korea Exchange, and Financial Services Commission Chairman Eun Sung-soo, fourth from left, applaud with other participants during the opening of this year's trading in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. The sign read: "Opening ceremony of 2020 trading." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
January 02, 2020 - 8:47 am
TOKYO (AP) — Global shares rose Thursday on optimism about a U.S.-China trade deal and the Chinese government's efforts to boost its economy. France's CAC 40 rose 1.4% to 6,058 on the new year's first day of trading, while Germany's DAX was 1% higher at 13,382. Britain's FTSE 100 added 1% as well,...
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January 01, 2020 - 5:20 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's central bank said Wednesday it will cut the amount of money banks will be required to have on hand from Jan. 6 in an effort to boost the slowing economy. The People's Bank of China announced that the reserve requirement ratio for financial institutions would be lowered by 50...
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FILE - This Sept. 25, 2019, photo shows a sign indicating a new selling price for a house sits atop a realtor's sign in Jackson, Miss. On Tuesday, Dec. 31, the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index for October is released. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
December 31, 2019 - 9:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose faster in October than the previous month as many would-be buyers competed for a limited supply of available properties. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 2.2% in October from a year ago, up from a 2.1% annual gain in September...
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FILE - This June 13, 2019, photo shows a house with a "sold pending" sign fixed on the realtor's sign in northeast Jackson, Miss. On Monday, Dec. 30, the National Association of Realtors releases its November report on pending home sales, which are seen as a barometer of future purchases. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
December 30, 2019 - 10:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans signed more contracts to purchase homes in November, bouncing back from last month's decline, indicating that the housing market is still strong. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its pending home sales index, which measures the numbers of purchase...
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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2019, file photo a pair of specialists work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Investments around the world were all winners in 2019 as central banks unleashed more stimulus to bolster the global economy against the damage created by President Donald Trump’s trade war. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
December 26, 2019 - 4:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — On January 3, the S&P 500 sank 2.5% when Apple warned of sagging demand for the iPhone, an inauspicious start to 2019 following a 14% drubbing in last year's fourth quarter. On January 4, Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell said the central bank would be "patient" with its...
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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2019, file photo a Matson container ship passes the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito, Calif. On Friday, Dec. 20, the Commerce Department issues the third estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the July-September quarter. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
December 20, 2019 - 8:47 am
AP Economics Writer (AP) — The U.S. economy, which only recently was flashing warning signs of a sharp slowdown, should finish the year in better shape, thanks to rate cuts from the Federal Reserve and a cease-fire in the U.S.-China trade war. The Commerce Department said Friday that the gross...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo specialist Thomas McArdle, left, and trader Jonathan Corpina, right, work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, Dec. 18. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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December 19, 2019 - 1:22 am
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets sank Thursday after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump and Japan's central bank kept ultra-low interest rates unchanged. Following a listless day on Wall Street, investors looked ahead to other interest rate decisions by...
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Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England speaks at a Bank of England Financial Stability Report Press Conference, in London, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth,pool)
December 18, 2019 - 5:47 am
LONDON (AP) — Inflation in Britain held steady at 1.5% in the year to November, official figures showed Wednesday, reinforcing expectations that the Bank of England will not cut its main interest rate on Thursday. The Office for National Statistics said the largest downward push on the consumer...
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