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Investors Turn Attention to ECB After Fed Moves on Interest Rates, By David Harrison and Tom Fairless

Higher rates may be in the offing as Fed and ECB consider exiting stimulus programs   The center of gravity in central banking is shifting away from the U.S. and toward Europe, where officials are considering winding down years of extraordinary economic stimulus. Skittish investors pounced on a tiny hint buried in …

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Fed’s Yellen Likely to Discuss Rates, Balance Sheet in Congressional Testimony, by David Harrison

Lawmakers seen questioning Yellen on Fed’s plans to raise interest rates, unwind assets during hearing   Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen heads to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to address the House Financial Services Committee in her twice-yearly Humphrey Hawkins testimony and to take questions from lawmakers. She will deliver the same testimony …

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Japan Shows Europe How to Dial Back Stimulus Without Spooking Investors Central banks have been buying bonds to stimulate the economy and inflation

The European Central Bank is now wrestling with a problem facing monetary policy makers around the western world—dialing back stimulus without upending financial markets. But one central bank has been quietly balancing this act since late last year, buying fewer bonds without spooking investors: the Bank of Japan. On Thursday, …

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Why Soaring Assets and Low Unemployment Mean It’s Time to Start Worrying, By Greg Ip

If you drew up a list of preconditions for recession, it would include the following: a labor market at full strength, frothy asset prices, tightening central banks, and a pervasive sense of calm. In other words, it would look a lot like the present. Those of us who have lived through economic mayhem before feel our muscle memory twitch at times like this. Consider the worrisome absence of …

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Fed Eyes September Announcement on Balance-Sheet Reduction, By Nick Timiraos

WSJ-Federal Reserve officials have indicated there is a strong chance they will announce in September a decision to start shrinking the central bank’s portfolio of bonds and other assets, while putting off until December any further interest-rate increase. The moves would give officials time to assess how markets react to …

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