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  • Article / 27 May 2016 at 4:58 GMT

    3 Numbers: Hefty upward revision expected for US first quarter GDP

    Blogger / MoreLiver's Daily
    Finland
    3 Numbers: Hefty upward revision expected for US first quarter GDP
    It's all about the US today. The first quarter gross domestic production estimate is the main event of the day, with a hefty upward revision expected. News of a stronger Q1 coupled with a strong second quarter will focus attention on Fed thinking and the possibility of a rate hike in June. Conveniently, Fed chair Janet Yellen will speak tonight. We also get a reading on the US consumers' sentiment in May.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 25 May 2016 at 23:27 GMT

    G7 leaders agree to fast track trade pacts at Ise Shima summit

    Nikkei Asian Review
    Japan and the US have agreed to strive for an early ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact while emphasizing the need for the G7 to spearhead strong, sustained growth in the global economy. G7 leaders are expected to reaffirm their commitment to swiftly conclude other key pacts, including the Japan-EU economic partnership agreement and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. They seek to frame such deals as a driving force for greater trade as emerging economies lose momentum. But neither Abe nor Obama commented on forex rates, an issue that has divided Tokyo and Washington, at Wednesday's conference.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 24 May 2016 at 5:49 GMT

    World's top industrialised democracies to meet at G7 Ise-Shima summit

    Nikkei Asian Review
    Over the four decades since its inception in 1975, the G7 summit of advanced industrial nations has evolved into a valuable global institution – especially for Japan, the only non-Atlantic member. Japan must not lose sight of the fundamental nature of the G7 as a league of democracies. Tokyo must focus first and foremost on representing the consensus of the industrial democracies on such questions as environment, energy, health care and the importance of global growth, in ways that preserve and deepen the legitimacy of the G7 itself into the long-term future. The G7 is the only global grouping of the industrial democracies. It deserves to survive, grow and prosper, with a successful Ise-Shima summit as the first next step.
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  • Article / 23 May 2016 at 2:25 GMT

    Morning Report APAC: Key global summits to impact oil, FX and bonds

    Trading Desk / Saxo Capital Markets
    Australia
    Morning Report APAC: Key global summits to impact oil, FX and bonds
    There's some key international meetings coming up that could commodity, bonds and forex affect markets: the G7 ministers get together in Japan later this week, while Opec is meeting next week. Meanwhile we take a close look at the implications of a yes vote in next month's EU membership referendum in the UK, in a new "Brexit" section.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 17 May 2016 at 23:48 GMT

    US, Japan trade blows over yen intervention

    Nikkei Asian Review
    Japan and the US continue to clash over whether Tokyo should step in to dampen a strengthening yen, with Japan's addition to an American list of potential currency manipulators generating further friction. Donald Trump has accused Japan of currency manipulation. Hillary Clinton also has expressed displeasure with Tokyo's currency policy. The Treasury Department came out strongly against Japan and Germany to avoid being criticized as soft. As for Tokyo, yen depreciation caused by monetary easing has been key to the success of Abenomics, lifting corporate earnings and stock prices. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seems to be trying to build a majority before the upcoming G7 leaders summit to serve as a bulwark against a softer dollar.
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