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Bank of Japan Sees Bigger Chance of Fall in CPI Below 1%

The Bank of Japan now sees a much bigger possibility of inflation slipping below 1%, pushed down by falling crude oil prices, according to people familiar with the central bank’s thinking, a development that could rekindle market speculation for additional easing.
While the BOJ recognizes that lower oil prices are ultimately good for the economy as they reduce living costs from imported food to gasoline, the central bank is concerned about their effect over the shorter term.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/10/23/boj-sees-bigger-chance-of-fall-in-cpi-below-1/?mod=WSJBlog

Turkey’s Central Bank Holds Interest Rates For Second Consecutive Month

ISTANBUL—Turkey’s central bank on Thursday held interest rates steady for a second consecutive month, signaling policymakers will stick with a tight stance as an emerging-market selloff weakens the lira and inflation remains stubbornly high.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/10/23/turkeys-central-bank-holds-interest-rates-for-second-consecutive-month/?mod=WSJBlog

Why Rising Rents Haven’t Pumped Up Inflation

Policy makers and economy-watchers now seem more worried about disinflation rather than accelerating inflation. That wasn’t the expectation at the start of the year.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/10/22/why-rising-rents-havent-pumped-up-inflation/?mod=WSJBlog

Eurozone Risk to U.S.: Low Inflation More Than Weak Growth

Federal Reserve officials have said the latest round of soft eurozone economic data is not enough to worry them about the U.S. outlook – or revise their fairly optimistic forecasts in the months ahead.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/10/21/eurozone-risk-to-u-s-low-inflation-more-than-weak-growth/?mod=WSJBlog

Is The Fed Behind The Curve or Jumping The Gun?

Jon Faust, director of the Center for Financial Economics at Johns Hopkins University, asks how we’ll be able to tell when the time has arrived for the Fed to tighten monetary policy.

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/10/20/is-the-fed-behind-the-curve-or-jumping-the-gun/?mod=marketbeat

Low For Long: A Q&A With Boston Fed’s Rosengren

BOSTON–The Federal Reserve is ready to end its bond-buying program at its meeting next week, Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren said in an interview Saturday. But if overseas weakness turns out to have a greater negative impact on the U.S. economy than he currently expects, Mr. Rosengren said the central bank could just hold off further before raising interest rates. Here is a lightly edited transcript of our conversation, which took places on the sidelines of a Boston Fed conference titled “Equality of Economic Opportunity”:

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/10/19/low-for-long-a-qa-with-boston-feds-rosengren/?mod=WSJBlog
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