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INTEREST RATES

Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / ANALYSIS
Jan 30, 2016
Kuroda's negative interest rates shock as BOJ heralds return to currency war
The yen dropped the most in more than a year after Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda unexpectedly adopted negative interest rates, risking another round of competitive devaluations.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jan 29, 2016
In shocking move, Japan adopts negative interest rate as deflation fight falters
Taking a page from Europe's playbook, the Bank of Japan surprises markets by introducing a negative interest rate to sustain its attack on deflation.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jan 29, 2016
What negative rates mean for Japan's savers and borrowers
The Bank of Japan stunned financial markets by adopting an unprecedented negative interest rate on Friday, and as the news sank in analysts began to digest the risks and possible benefits of the move.
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 22, 2015
The Fed's risk to emerging economies
While the Fed's rate hike, prudently accompanied by an emphasis on small and gradual steps, may not turn out to be a trigger, the concerns about the knock-on effects are legitimate.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 22, 2015
Kuroda effect seen as homebuyers choose fixed-rate mortgages
Homebuyers are starting to bet that the unprecedented monetary easing of Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda will cause interest rates to rise, even as inflation stagnates well below the official 2 percent inflation target.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Aug 25, 2015
U.S. markets falter after volatile day of trading
U.S. stock indexes plunged almost 4 percent on Monday as investors, rattled about China's economy, sold heavily in an unusually volatile session that confirmed the benchmark S&P 500 was formally in a correction.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 18, 2015
Yellen signals Fed rate hike this year but mum on timing
The U.S. central bank indicated Wednesday it is likely to raise the ultralow interest rates later this year although its policy-setting panel gave no new words regarding exactly when it could take place.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Mar 13, 2015
Wall St. bounces back in broad rally; bank shares gain
U.S. stocks rose in a broad rally on Thursday, bouncing back from two straight days of losses, helped by a weaker dollar and a rally in banking shares.
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 7, 2014
U.S. jobless claims, wages data point to tightening market
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week and compensation accelerated in the third quarter, in the latest signs of tightening labor market conditions.
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 29, 2014
U.S. Fed begins policy meeting, likely to end asset-buying stimulus
The U.S. Federal Reserve began its two-day policy meeting Tuesday with speculation that the central bank is likely to end the asset purchase stimulus on the back of the improvement in labor market.
BUSINESS / Markets
Sep 18, 2014
Fed renews zero rate pledge but hints at steeper hike path later
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday renewed its pledge to keep interest rates near zero for a "considerable time," but also indicated it could raise borrowing costs faster than expected when it starts moving.
BUSINESS
Apr 26, 2014
LDP mulls reversal on consumer lending; interest rates would soar to 29%
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party may loosen restrictions imposed to block usury and coercive lending in the consumer finance industry.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 9, 2014
China's credit boom raises flags on risk levels
The growth of credit in China at a breakneck pace, including the spike in local-government debt by 70 percent since 2009, is raising serious concerns about the level of risk in China's financial system.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jun 8, 2013
Shirakawa revival sought amid rout: Japan Credit
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's success in fueling inflation expectations has caused some investors to seek a revival in his predecessor's policies to temper the worst Japanese government bond losses in nine years.
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 3, 2013
Low interest rates spell doom for some pension plans in U.S.
It was no small matter for the ILM Group's executives when they froze the pension plan that has provided retirement security for the firm's employees since 1947.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
May 20, 2013
Japan must boost credibility of bonds as exodus to stocks hikes rates: Amari
Japan's government must demonstrate a commitment to fiscal rehabilitation to boost the credibility of government bonds and prevent a spike in long-term yields as soaring stocks damp the allure of the nation's sovereign debt, Economy Minister Akira Amari said.
ASIA PACIFIC
May 20, 2013
N.Z. bank may raise interest rates
Rising house prices in New Zealand will increase the pressure on the central bank to raise interest rates, Finance Minister Bill English said Sunday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
May 18, 2013
JGB yield spikes raise alarm bells
Is it a sign of a full-fledged economic recovery or a looming catastrophe in the monetary making?

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