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Asia Pacific Finance

Interest rates dip below zero for first time in Japan

The concept of negative rates that originated in Europe has now spread east. Just as customers of commercial banks earn interest on funds deposited with these banks, commercial banks normally

Asia Pacific Economics

Has Asia entered into a currency war?

With interest rates being cut by Central Banks all across Asia, many have predicted a looming currency war in the region. Has Asia already entered a currency war? And if

Europe Politics

Greece and the EU on a collision course

The election of the anti-austerity Syriza party in Greece has raised the spectre of further instability in the European Union and heightens the possibility of a Greek exit from the

Europe Finance

Will Draghi’s QE work?

The ECB finally launched a larger-than-expected QE programme last week, despite German opposition and Greek elections. President Mario Draghi hopes that it will revive the eurozone and rebut deflation. Several

Economics International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

Expected ECB QE programme will require some fine-tuning. Russia’s credit rating takes a hit as its economy weakens further. Iran may face new sets of US sanctions as newest round of talks begin, and

Europe Finance

Draghi risks becoming the Boy Who Cried Wolf over QE

Recent remarks by ECB President Mario Draghi have promised to tackle the near-recession level of activity plaguing the Eurozone. But while words have come often, there has been far less

Finance International

6 reasons 2015 will be defined by market volatility

Markets spent most of 2014 calmly moving up, but 2015 may be a different story. Outside of a brief surge in volatility in October, markets were complacent throughout 2014. Even

Economics Europe

How well could Draghi’s QE work?

Rates in European Countries are already at record lows, which could dampen the effects of ECB quantitative easing. After the European Central Bank (ECB) spent years of waffling over whether

Asia Pacific Economics

Abenomics has a silver lining

Japanese GDP took another tumble in the second quarter, but Abenomics has not been for naught. Although Japanese GDP actually fell by less than analyst expectations in the second quarter,

Economics Europe

Deflation risk is the next policy challenge for the ECB

With the latest inflation data of the euro area, fighting the risk of deflation is a new policy challenge for the ECB. While the interest rate cut has been a