Inflation

Federal funds rate likely to stay low ‘for some time’

The Federal Open Market Committee repeated Wednesday that “it can be patient in beginning to normalize” monetary policy, but members declined to predict when they might be ready to raise...

January 28, 2015 | 03:29 pm
Managers surprised by scope of ECB's bond-buying program

Managers surprised by scope of ECB's bond-buying program

The European Central Bank announced it will begin €60 billion ($69.4 billion) of public and private debt purchases per month as part of a quantitative easing strategy, in what money managers...

January 22, 2015 | 11:15 am
Canada cuts key rate as oil shock clobbers inflation outlook

Canada cuts key rate as oil shock clobbers inflation outlook

The Bank of Canada became the first central bank in the Group of Seven to cut interest rates in response to plummeting oil prices, saying the shock will weigh on everything from inflation to business ...

January 21, 2015 | 02:56 pm

BofA: Managers remain optimistic on growth despite growing concerns

Money managers are reducing their cash holdings despite concerns over corporate profits and inflation, said Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s monthly fund manager survey.

January 20, 2015 | 03:30 pm
Be aware of your assumptions

Be aware of your assumptions

Since 2009, investors and markets have been highly sensitive to risk — and markets have offered high risk premiums. As these risks have gradually diminished, all asset classes have benefited....

January 08, 2015 | 10:23 am
OECD warns European Central bank needs stronger policies to avoid stagnation

OECD warns European Central bank needs stronger policies to avoid stagnation

The European Central Bank must implement stronger policies if it is to avoid a prolonged period of stagnation, and to prevent unintended effects to other economies, warned the Organization for...

November 25, 2014 | 02:04 pm

Bank of Japan expands QE program in surprise move

Bank of Japan announced an expansion of its quantitative and qualitative easing program, shocking the currency markets and bolstering stocks.

October 31, 2014 | 11:19 am
Fed stops bond buying, stays with federal funds rate near zero

Fed stops bond buying, stays with federal funds rate near zero

The Federal Open Market Committee’s bond-buying program will end this week, members announced Wednesday at the end of a two-day meeting, citing “substantial improvement” in the...

October 29, 2014 | 03:32 pm
Fed: One more month of tapering, funds rate stays low

Fed: One more month of tapering, funds rate stays low

Members of the Federal Open Market Committee voted to finish tapering their bond-buying program with a final $15 billion in purchases in October.

September 17, 2014 | 03:48 pm
ECB's new asset purchases could total €2 trillion

ECB's new asset purchases could total €2 trillion

The European Central Bank announced Thursday it would begin purchasing asset-backed securities and covered bonds in an effort to prop up the region's economy and spur inflation. According to a Citi...

September 04, 2014 | 04:00 pm

Fed officials: Job gains might bring faster rate increase

Federal Reserve officials raised the possibility that they might begin removing aggressive stimulus sooner than anticipated, as they neared agreement on an exit strategy, according to minutes of...

August 20, 2014 | 03:20 pm
Inflation protection — better to be safe, not sorry

Inflation protection — better to be safe, not sorry

Sometimes it takes a crisis to make us all realize that, yes, inflation can always be lurking just over the horizon.

July 31, 2014 | 10:14 am
ECB’s interest rate cut could put pressure on pension fund liabilities

ECB’s interest rate cut could put pressure on pension fund liabilities

The European Central Bank’s decision to further cut interest rates in an effort to stave off deflation have been met with mixed reactions by money managers.

June 06, 2014 | 12:31 pm
United Technologies puts final touches on 401(k) plan overhaul

United Technologies puts final touches on 401(k) plan overhaul

United Technologies this week will introduce two core options in its 401(k) plans that are designed to reduce portfolio volatility and address the impact of inflation.

May 26, 2014
Is the Phillips Curve signaling higher inflation?

Is the Phillips Curve signaling higher inflation?

Allan Meltzer, a renowned historian of the Fed, warned in an op-ed last week: “Never in history has a country that financed big budget deficits with large amounts of central bank money avoided...

May 12, 2014 | 01:07 pm