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Albeit modest, Fed hikes rates from historic near-zero

Dec 17, 2015

Albeit modest, Fed hikes rates from historic near-zero

The Federal Reserve is raising interest rates after seven years of record lows. But it’s signaling that further rate hikes will likely be made slowly as the economy strengthens further and muted inflation rises. The Fed’s move Wednesday to lift its key rate by ...

Dec 15, 2015

BOJ gains confidence in Japan's economy; cheap oil a threat

Bank of Japan officials are gaining confidence in the resilience of the nation’s economy, while keeping a close eye on the impact of low oil prices on inflation expectations, according to people familiar with the central bank’s discussions. Indicators have improved in the run-up ...

Dec 14, 2015

Japanese businesses welcome golden lining in new climate agreement

Japanese businesses welcomed a new international climate change agreement adopted in Paris on Saturday as giving a lift to sales overseas of their energy-saving technologies and products. The deal represents a very significant historical step because it involves all greenhouse gas emitters, Sadayuki Sakakibara, ...

Latest 'tankan' shows sentiment intact at big firms

Dec 14, 2015

Latest 'tankan' shows sentiment intact at big firms

Confidence in the economy among large manufacturers unexpectedly held up in the past few months, suggesting record corporate profits are compensating for uncertainty about the effects of an expected U.S. rate increase and the slowdown in China. The tankan index of business sentiment was ...

Dec 9, 2015

Core machinery orders up 10.7% in October

Core private sector machinery orders expanded a seasonally adjusted 10.7 percent in October from the previous month for the second straight monthly increase, the government said Wednesday. The figure suggests a recovery in capital investment. The value of orders, widely regarded as a leading ...

Dec 8, 2015

Japan considers three-year tax cut on new equipment for small firms

The government and ruling coalition are studying halving the fixed asset tax rate for machinery and other depreciable assets for small companies under certain conditions, sources familiar with the matter said. It would affect machinery and equipment newly obtained by small companies, with the ...