Prospect of Tighter Monetary Policy Weighs on Global Shares
Global stocks headed lower as investors braced for central banks to tighten policy at a faster rate than previously expected.
ECB Seen Signaling the End of Bond-Buying Program
The world's no. 2 central bank could signal Thursday the winding down of its $2.9 trillion quantitative-easing program, but the decision has been complicated by multiplying threats to eurozone growth.
Fed Raises Interest Rates, Sets Stage for Two More in 2018
Federal Reserve officials signaled Wednesday they could pick up the pace of interest-rate increases this year and next to keep a rapidly expanding economy on an even keel.
Royal Wedding, Sunny Weather Boosted U.K. Retail Sales in May
U.K. retail sales remained resilient in May, with the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle combining with sunny weather to contribute to sturdy sales growth.
Don't Forget About the Two Other Central Bank Meetings
Asian stocks fell, led by a 1.5% drop in Korea. Investors are watching for signs about when the ECB will wind down its bond-buying program, before attention shifts to the BOJ, which is scheduled to release its latest policy decision Friday.
China's Push to Tame Debt Starts to Sting Economy
China's economy is starting to feel pain from Beijing's monthslong effort to curb debt, with business activity slowing and the central bank deciding to not follow the U.S. Federal Reserve in adjusting interest rates.
Foreign Investors Are Biggest Buyers of Chinese Government Debt
Overseas investors, primarily big institutional investors as well as central banks and sovereign-wealth funds, have bought a net $35.9 billion of the government bonds. The surge is largely due to the bonds' inclusion in a major global index and the yuan's resilience.
Don't Underestimate the Risk of a Chaotic Brexit
A consensus seems to have emerged in the past week that the U.K. is heading for the softest of Brexits. Yet behind this consensus lurks a dangerous complacency, writes Simon Nixon.
Saudis, Russia to Talk Oil Output Boost Ahead of OPEC Summit
Saudi Arabia's oil minister is flying to Russia this week to discuss ways to manage an output boost both producers say they want to propose at an OPEC summit.
World Cup Fever Spells Dull Markets
Research has found that trading activity dips significantly during the global soccer tournament as traders focus on the games.