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Global Central Banking in 2014, a Third Quarter Update for 25 Economies

The cross-currents of the global economy leave the world’s central banks confronting varied policy choices in the months ahead. The U.S. and U.K. recoveries finally have enough momentum for the Federal Reserve and Bank of England to anticipate raising raise short-term interest rates from record lows next year. The European Central Bank and Bank of Japan see still weak growth and inflation prompting calls for them to provide more stimulus.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/30/global-central-banking-in-2014-a-third-quarter-update-for-25-economies/?mod=WSJBlog

ECB Faces Inflation Expectations Test

The European Central Bank has suffered an early setback in its battle to persuade households and businesses that inflation will pick up over coming months and years.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/29/ecb-faces-inflation-expectations-test/?mod=blogmod

Fed’s Bullard Still Looks to 1st Quarter 2015 Fed Rate Increase

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said Tuesday that he still sees the U.S. central bank raising interest rates some time early next year.
“The data I’ve seen are basically on track with our projections” and continue to point to the Fed raising interest rates at the end of the first quarter as a “reasonable judgment,” Mr. Bullard said. But he emphasized that his outlook for central bank policy is not calendar based, saying what happens “depends on how the economy evolves.”

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/23/feds-bullard-still-looks-to-1st-quarter-2015-fed-rate-increase/?mod=blogmod

Otto von Bismarck and the Decline in European Fertility Rates

A European Central Bank paper has identified the culprit behind Europe’s grim population trends, although he happens to have died over a century ago: Otto von Bismarck.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/09/23/bismarck-and-the-decline-in-european-fertility-rates/?mod=WSJBlog
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