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Business 27 Mar 2004 | 12:00 AM

Major economies maintain accommodative monetary policies

IN 2003, the major industrial countries continued to maintain accommodative monetary policies.

Business 14 Jan 2004 | 12:00 AM

Europe worried about ‘brutal’ currency moves

Europe is concerned about 'brutal' currency movements, said European Central Bank (ECB) chief Jean-Claude Trichet, but a meeting of the world's top central bankers here did not discuss the US dollar's rapid slide as a risk to global economic recovery.

Business 13 Jan 2004 | 12:00 AM

US dollar sets new lows against euro, Aussie

THE US dollar plunged to new record lows against the euro and the Australian dollar in early London trade yesterday as the latest US employment data suggested America's economy was not creating as many jobs as expected, dimming prospects of an interest rate rise by the Federal Reserve towards the end of the year.

Business 31 Dec 2003 | 12:00 AM

Growing unease at ECB over euro strength

B>FRANKFURT:/BThe European Central Bank (ECB) is growing increasingly uneasy that the strength of the euro could undermine recovery and require an interest rate cut in the next few months, a senior ECB official has been quoted as saying.

Business 24 Nov 2003 | 12:00 AM

Germany joins France in showdown over euro budget rules

Germany joins France in the European Union dock this week as finance ministers consider whether to punish the two overspenders for violating euro rules on deficits or let them off the hook yet again.

Business 15 Nov 2003 | 12:00 AM

Japan third quarter growth adds to evidence of global upturn

Surprisingly strong third-quarter economic growth in Japan is the latest sign the global economy is coming out of the slump it fell into when the technology bubble burst in 2000.

Business 16 Sep 2003 | 12:00 AM

EU urges caution on yuan float

European finance officials say any adjustments to China's fixed exchange rate should be handled with caution, rejecting US calls for an early free float of the yuan.

Business 12 Jul 2003 | 12:00 AM

Global interest rate easing may be near end

The cost of money has fallen further around the world this week with the Bank of England and a trio of Asian central banks trimming interest rates to jump start a hesitant global economic recovery.

Business 11 Jul 2003 | 12:00 AM

Schroeder presses European Central Bank on euro-dollar exchange rate

German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder suggested in an interview published Friday that the European Central Bank should do more to weaken the euro against the U.S. dollar, a call that followed the bank's decision to leave interest rates unchanged.

Business 04 Jul 2003 | 12:00 AM

Aussie hits five-year high against US dollar

THE Australian dollar hit a five-year high against the greenback at 68.16 US cents in early Asia trade yesterday, in the wake of the Reserve Bank of Australia's decision to leave interest rates unchanged at 4.75% for the 13th consecutive month.