LONDON, March 28 (Reuters) – Japan’s financial markets face
a challenging new fiscal year as economic slowdown in its
emerging trading partners and a sales tax hike at home push
risk-shy investors into cash-like assets.
Almost a year after Japan unleashed the world’s most
intensive burst of monetary stimulus, the benchmark Nikkei index
stands at the bottom of the 2014 performance league,
falling 7 percent to be the biggest losing asset after copper. link.reuters.com/pat75v
LONDON (Reuters) – The euro fell on Thursday and peripheral European government bond yields hit their lowest levels in years as speculation grew that the European Central Bank may ease monetary policy soon.
Emerging market stocks edged higher and Ukraine’s sovereign government bonds rose after the International Monetary Fund said it had agreed a $14-18 billion bailout for the country.
LONDON, March 26 (Reuters) – Emerging stocks hit their
highest level in almost three weeks on Wednesday and the rouble
rose as the West held off from more economic sanctions on
The lira fell as political tensions grew ahead of local
elections on Sunday. The central bank’s comments that it would
use reserve requirements and liquidity policies if economic
activity slowed down also weighed on the currency.