San Francisco Fed President John Williams on Thursday said he still thinks gradual interest-rate hikes are the “best course” (http://reut.rs/1RaUTa9), a view that fails to harmonize with that of fellow Fed policymaker James Bullard, president of the St. Louis Fed who said late Wednesday further rate hikes would be “unwise” (http://reut.rs/1XAnEjh)
Wednesday’s British pay data showing wages rose only 1.9 percent in the fourth quarter could well be the straw that broke the camel’s back for anyone still expecting the Bank of England to raise interest rates anytime soon.
Financial markets and borrowers rooting for the Reserve Bank of India to ease policy this year could be in for a disappointment – in stark contrast to 2015 when it lopped 125 basis points off the repo rate.
Growth expectations for South Africa have tumbled in recent weeks as the government struggles with growing budget and trade gaps. Brazil walked a similar path a couple of years ago – but can South Africa draw any lessons from that spectacular fall?
A global slowdown in manufacturing that began late last year is getting more entrenched, particularly in Germany and Japan, economies that increasingly seem to share a lot in common apart from being the world’s two best-known exporters of high-tech cars and electronics.
Those expecting January’s U.S. payrolls and wages data to add clarity to the future of U.S. monetary policy may end up more confused instead, forecasts from the most accurate economists in Reuters polls suggest.
A meaningful economic revival in the euro zone that has any hope of generating inflation pressures of its own rests mainly on a pickup in demand.
Forecasts for when the Bank of England will raise rates have been put off into the future for the seventh time since Mark Carney became Bank of England Governor nearly three years ago.