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Fed hikes benchmark rate for third time this year, foresees three more in 2018 under Yellen’s successor

via The Japan Times    Dec 14, 2017

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington Wednesday. The Fed said Wednesday that it's lifting its short-term rate by a modest quarter-point to a still-low range of 1.25 percent to 1.5 percent. It is also continuing to slowly shrink its bond portfolio. Together, the two steps could lead over time to higher loan rates for consumers and businesses and slightly better returns for savers. | AP

The Federal Reserve is raising its benchmark interest rate for the third time this year, signaling its confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid ...

Nikkei falls further on Roy Moore’s loss in U.S. Senate race

via The Japan Times    Dec 13, 2017

The benchmark Nikkei average lost further ground on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Wednesday, affected adversely by the U.S. Republican Party’s failure to win a Senate ...

AI firm to use machine-learning programs to decipher corporate earnings announcements

By Adam Haigh
- via The Japan Times    Dec 12, 2017

The Harvard University campus is draped in autumn colors recently. Evan Schnidman, a hedge fund-backed political economy specialist with a Harvard Ph.D., is looking to use machine-learning programs to analyze corporate earnings announcements. | ISTOCK

After applying his machine-learning programs to central bank policy statements to churn out trading calls, a hedge fund-backed political economy specialist is aiming his sights ...

Dollar stuck around ¥113.50 in Tokyo

via The Japan Times    Dec 12, 2017

The dollar was caught Tuesday in a narrow range around ¥113.50 in Tokyo trading, as the currency market was dominated by a wait-and-see mood amid ...

Nikkei falls back on profit-taking

via The Japan Times    Dec 12, 2017

The Nikkei 225 average dropped Tuesday, hurt by a wave of profit-taking the day after hitting a 26-year closing high.The Tokyo Stock Exchange’s benchmark gauge ...

Alan Greenspan’s ‘conundrum’ said revived as banks mollycoddle markets

via The Japan Times    Dec 05, 2017

Alan Greenspan’s conundrum is back, and central bankers’ new-found love of treating markets with kid gloves is playing a large part.While the U.S. Federal Reserve ...

After hot debate, U.S. tax bill expected to be a boon for businesses

via The Japan Times    Dec 03, 2017

The Republican Party's sweeping tax reform plans have sparked fierce debate among economists. | BLOOMBERG

Is it a giveaway to the rich or a relief for the middle class? A boon for business or unnecessary stimulus for an economy already ...

Bitcoin futures poised for launch as regulators rush to catch up

via The Japan Times    Dec 01, 2017


CME Group Inc. and Cboe Global Markets Inc. are poised to offer bitcoin futures contracts, easing the way for mainstream investors to bet big while ...

Turkey and the Taper Tantrum

By Nicholas Spiro
- via Foreign Affairs    Oct 14, 2014

Graffiti of Erdogan on the windows of a bank office at Taksim Square in Istanbul, June 8, 2013.  (Stoyan Nenov / Courtesy Reuters)

Modi and Jokowi's Lessons for Erdogan October 14, 2014 Nicholas Spiro Summary:  Fed policy is once again revealing which emerging markets have strengthened their defenses against a tight...

Foreign Affairs Focus: Benn Steil on Fed Policy

By Gideon Rose,Benn Steil
- via Foreign Affairs    Aug 06, 2014

August 6, 2014 Did U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke cause the Ukraine crisis? "You can certainly say that Bernanke was at least the butterfly wings that precipitated the crisis," argues Ben...

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