Top finance officials in G-20 grapple with weak growth

Oct 11, 2014

Top finance officials in G-20 grapple with weak growth

Finance ministers from the world’s largest economies said Friday they are determined to prevent a slide into another global recession, but a top U.S. official expressed frustration that a number of major economies were not doing enough to increase growth. After two days of ...

Kuroda says many options available for increased easing

Oct 9, 2014

Kuroda says many options available for increased easing

The Bank of Japan has “many options” for additional easing, Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said, emphasizing that the bank will adjust its policy as needed to reach its 2 percent inflation target. “We have substantially increased our JGB holdings but still it’s about 20 percent ...

BOJ keeps policy steady but warns of weak production

Oct 7, 2014

BOJ keeps policy steady but warns of weak production

The Bank of Japan on Tuesday kept its monetary policy steady, saying the economy is recovering despite the jolt it suffered from the consumption tax hike in April, but the bank downgraded its assessment of industrial output. The decision came as market participants believe ...

'Tankan' finds improvement in manufacturers' confidence

Oct 1, 2014

'Tankan' finds improvement in manufacturers' confidence

Confidence in the manufacturing sector has risen against expectations, showing resilience in the economy — and perhaps bolstering the case for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hiking the consumption tax again next year. The “tankan” index of large manufacturers rose to 13 in September from ...