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Fed’s Evans: Hold Off on Rates Until Truly Confident in Recovery

In a television interview Monday, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago leader Charles Evans again said the U.S. central bank should hold off on raising interest rates until officials are truly confident of the recovery's durability.

Grand Central: Base Effects to Give ECB Some Breathing Room

The Wall Street Journal’s Daily Report on Global Central Banks for Monday, September 29, 2014. Brian Blackstone writes about the boost base effects are likely to deliver to eurozone inflation measures from next month, and the breathing space that should give to the European Central Bank.

New Japan Price Index Shows Deflation Lingers

The Bank of Japan is sticking to its bullish forecast that it can vanquish 15 years of falling prices for good. But by some measures, deflation in Japan is not gone yet.

Business Economists See Lower Interest Rates than the Fed Sees in Late 2015

Economists are skeptical that the Federal Reserve’s benchmark interest rate will top 1% by the end of next year as central bank officials project, according to a National Association for Business Economics survey released Monday.

For Hong Kong Retailers, Protests Another Blow

Pro-democracy protests paralyzing the center of Hong Kong will deal another blow to retailers already suffering as wealthy mainlanders pare their spending.

Fed’s Fisher Worries Fed May Be Behind Curve With Rate Hikes

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher said in a television interview Sunday he is worried the U.S. central bank will raise interest rates too late and risk letting price pressures get out of control. The U.S. is "definitely pulling ahead of the rest of the world" in terms of growth, Mr. Show More Summary

BOJ Beat: Inflation Could Slip Back Below 1%, But Policy Remains Unchanged

After a sharp flip from negative to positive, Japan’s key price gauge has now stalled, and risks falling back below a 1% annual growth rate in the coming months, largely due to falling energy prices.

Despite Bold Japan Trade Pledges, U.S. Still Wonders: ‘Where’s the Beef?’

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe began and ended a trip to New York this week with bold pledges to help advance stalled talks on an ambitious pan-Pacific free-trade pact. But mid-week, his chief negotiator walked out of a Washington session with his American counterpart, after U.S. Show More Summary

One Good Sign the Economy Is Staying Strong: Your Payroll Tax Withholdings

The U.S. economy grew at a 4.6% annual rate in the second quarter, according to the latest report from the Commerce Department. But leaves are turning brown now and this morning's report describes what happened from April to June. How has the overall economy performed since then? Here's some evidence the strength has continued.

Sen. Warren Wants Hearings Over New York Fed’s Relationship With Banks

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) on Friday called for a congressional hearing into allegations that regulators at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York were too close to the banks they supervised.

5 Things to Watch on the Economic Calendar

As September hands off to October, economy-watchers will be busy with potentially market-moving data on tap every day. The biggest report, of course, will be Friday’s employment report. Here are five reports that could confirm--or alter--the consensus view of the economy:

N.Y. Fed Staff Afraid to Speak Up, Secret Review Found

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York commissioned a secret internal investigation of itself in 2009, uncovering a culture of suppression that discouraged regulatory staffers from voicing worries about the banks they supervised.

Grand Central: BOE Ponders QE Exit Strategy

The Wall Street Journal’s Daily Report on Global Central Banks for Friday, September 26, 2014. Jason Douglas examines the Bank of England's preparations for unwinding its program of asset-purchases, or quantitative easing.

Fed’s Lockhart Urges Holding Off Rate Rises Until Well Into Next Year

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart said Thursday he still believes the central bank will be able to hold off on raising short-term rates until well into next year.

N.Y. Fed: Central Bank Dot Plots Show Fragmented View of Interest Rate Outlook

Federal Reserve Bank of New York researchers say forecasting materials released by the central bank show that officials appear to be more divided about the likely path of interest rates than financial market participants. The researchers, writing on the New York Fed's website Thursday, based their findings on a study of the central bank's "dot plots."

U.S. Dollar Strength Not Likely to Dampen Inflation Much

A recent spike in the U.S. dollar is unlikely to put sufficient downward pressure on import prices to have a significant negative effect on inflation, according to researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. The U.S. dollar has been on a tear, hitting a four-year high against a basket of major currencies Thursday amid [...]

Fed’s Lockhart Urges Holding Off Rate Rises Until Well Into Next Year

Dennis Lockhart, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, said on Thursday that he wants the U.S. central bank to hold off raising short-term rates until well into next year, in a bid to gain confidence the economic recovery will endure.

Grand Central: Skills Shortage? Why Low Pay May Still Play a Role

The Wall Street Journal’s Daily Report on Global Central Banks for Thursday, September 25, 2014. Pedro Nicolaci da Costa looks at how Fed policymakers will likely respond to weak wage growth and other signs of slack in the jobs mark...

Three Charts to Prepare for Tomorrow’s GDP Report

We already know the economy had a robust second quarter. Friday we learn whether it was even stronger than we thought. Here are three ways to view tomorrow’s GDP report.

BOE’s Shafik Sees Eurozone a Significant Risk to UK Recovery

Weak growth in the neighboring eurozone presents "a significant risk" to the U.K. economy, a top Bank of England official was quoted as saying Thursday. Nemat Shafik, deputy governor for banking and markets at the U.K. central bank, told...Show More Summary

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