Exclusive: Under govt pressure, BOJ mulling specific steps for easing - sources Jul 28, 2016 01:58PM

By Leika Kihara and Minami Funakoshi

TOKYO (Reuters) - The Bank of Japan, under pressure from the government, is considering specific steps for expanding monetary stimulus on Friday to address signs of weakness in inflation, people familiar with the central bank's thinking said.

By timing its action with the government's big fiscal spending package, the bank would aim to maximize the boost of its measures on the world's third-biggest economy,... (continue reading...)

BOJ Mulling Specific Steps for Easing Under Pressure from Government - Reuters Jul 28, 2016 01:53PM


The Bank of Japan, under pressure from the government, is considering specific steps for expanding monetary stimulus on Friday, according to Reuters, citing sources. Efforts are to address signs of weakness in inflation.

Japan government plans direct spending of about 7 trillion yen in stimulus package: sources Jul 28, 2016 12:16AM

By Takaya Yamaguchi

TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese government is planning direct fiscal spending of around 7 trillion yen ($67 billion) to help fund an economic stimulus package totaling more than 28 trillion yen, two people briefed on the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

That amount - at just a quarter of the total package - could disappoint some market players bracing for bigger outlays given the massive headline figure, equal to more than... (continue reading...)

FOMC Maintains Rates (Full Statement) Jul 27, 2016 02:01PM

(Updated - July 27, 2016 2:01 PM EDT)

As expected, the FOMC maintained the federal funds rate at 1/4 to 1/2 percent.

Full Statement:

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in June indicates that the labor market strengthened and that economic activity has been expanding at a moderate rate. Job gains were strong in June following weak growth in May. On balance, payrolls and other labor market indicators point to some increase in labor utilization... (continue reading...)

Fed says 'near-term risks' to economic outlook have diminished Jul 27, 2016 02:00PM

Fed says 'near-term risks' to economic outlook have diminished.

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