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  • Editor’s Picks / 31 January 2016 at 20:43 GMT

    Burden or saviour? Jury is out on negative interest rates

    Nikkei Asian Review
    Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the BoJ has introduced a negative rate to ensure that Japan will pull out of deflation. The Japanese and European central banks have shown accommodative stances, and this has brought a sense of relief to stone-cold financial markets. A negative interest rate is a mechanism that punishes commercial banks parking their reserves at their central bank in excess of those required by regulators. Theoretically, it helps circulate money in the real economy and push up prices. But it remains uncertain how the positive effects of the move will balance the negative effects. A senior official at the Association of German Banks said negative rates serve only as a burden.
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  • Calendar event / 28 January 2016 at 23:30 GMT
    High National Overall CPI, Y/Y%
    +0.2%
    Med Japan Core CPI, Y/Y%
    +0.1%
    +0.1%
    Med National Overall CPI, M/M%
    -0.1%
  • Calendar event / 22 January 2016 at 13:30 GMT

    CA CPI

    forecast
    actual
    Med All Items CPI, M/M%
    -0.5%
    Med All Items CPI, Y/Y%
    +1.7%
    +1.6%
    Med Core CPI, M/M%
    -0.4%
    Med Core CPI, Y/Y%
    +2%
    +1.9%
  • Calendar event / 20 January 2016 at 13:30 GMT

    US CPI

    forecast
    actual
    High CPI, M/M%
    0%
    -0.1%
    High Core CPI, M/M%
    +0.2%
    +0.1%
    Med Energy Idx, M/M%
    -2.4%
    Med Food Idx, M/M%
    -0.2%
    Med Real Avg Wkly Pay-Infla Adj, M/M%
    +0.1%
    Med CPI, Y/Y%
    +0.7%
    Med Core Annual, Y/Y%
    +2.1%
  • Article / 20 January 2016 at 6:06 GMT

    3 Numbers: US housing starts on road to modest recovery

    editor/analyst / CapitalSpectator.com
    United States
    3 Numbers: US housing starts on road to modest recovery
    The Bank of England is holding off on a rate rise, and the labour market update will offer a crucial perspective on that decision. Meanwhile in the US, the CPI isn’t expected to offer much relief for policymakers worried about disinflation, and new housing starts will point to strength of recession risk.
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  • Calendar event / 19 January 2016 at 21:45 GMT

    NZ CPI

    forecast
    actual
    Med 10% Trimmed Mean, Q/Q%
    -0.3%
    Med All Groups CPI, Q/Q%
    -0.3%
    -0.5%
    Med All Groups CPI, Y/Y%
    +0.3%
    +0.1%
    Med 10% Trimmed Mean, Y/Y%
    +0.4%
    Med Non-Tradeable Inflation, Q/Q%
    +0.5%
    Med Non-Tradeable Inflation, Y/Y%
    +1.8%
    Med Tradeables Inflation, Q/Q%
    -1.8%
    Med Tradeables Inflation, Y/Y%
    -2.1%
  • Calendar event / 19 January 2016 at 10:00 GMT

    EU Harmonised CPI

    forecast
    actual
    High CPI, Y/Y%
    +0.2%
    +0.2%
    High CPI
    +0.9%
    +0.9%
    Med CPI, M/M%
    0%
    0%
    Med Core CPI, M/M%
    +0.3%
    +0.3%
    Med Ex-Tobacco, M/M%
    0%
    Med Ex-Tobacco, Y/Y%
    +0.2%
  • Calendar event / 19 January 2016 at 9:30 GMT

    GB UK monthly inflation figures

    forecast
    actual
    High CPI, Y/Y%
    +0.1%
    +0.2%
    High Core CPI, Y/Y%
    +1.2%
    +1.4%
    High Retail Price Idx, Y/Y%
    +1%
    +1.2%
    Med CPI, M/M%
    0%
    +0.1%
    Med Core CPI, M/M%
    +0.3%
    Med Retail Price Idx, M/M%
    +0.1%
    +0.3%
  • Editor’s Picks / 13 January 2016 at 5:34 GMT

    Call for reforms to fight disinflation in Asia

    Business Spectator
    Forget lacklustre PMIs, sluggish exports and gyrating financial markets. Sliding inflation poses a headache for policymakers in Asia. China’s December CPI is a reminder of falling price pressures, not just in China but across the region. This poses problems for Asia. First, it makes the high level of debt harder to service, hurting demand. Second, it reduces the potency of any further monetary stimulus. Marginal rate cuts may still arrive in coming months in various Asian nations. But they’ll not pack much punch. The optimist’s view is that sliding inflation readings in Asia merely reflect plunging commodity prices, above all oil. Alas, that's not quite true. The problem cuts a lot deeper than that.
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