Monetary policy

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das speaks during a press conference in Mumbai, India. India’s central bank on Friday, May 22, 2020, cut its key interest rate to 4% to revive the economy severely hit the coronavirus outbreak and a two-month lockdown. Reserve Bank of India Governor Das also said India's gross domestic product in financial 2020-21 was expected to have negative growth. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade, File)
May 22, 2020 - 10:04 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s central bank on Friday cut its key interest rate to 4% to counter the blow to the economy from the coronavirus pandemic and a lockdown meant to contain it. Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das forecast that the economy will contract in fiscal 2020-21. He did not...
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wears a mask as he walks on the grounds of the White House, Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
May 18, 2020 - 4:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department and Federal Reserve have lent hardly any money under a $500 billion fund created by the economic rescue law passed in response to the coronavirus crisis, a congressional oversight panel says in a new report. The Treasury fund is being used to guarantee new...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, March 11, 2020, Pedestrians wearing face masks pass the Bank of England in London. In forecasts published Thursday May 7, 2020, The Bank of England has warned that the British economy could be nearly a third smaller by the end of the first half of this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but also notes the economy could revive quickly. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)
May 07, 2020 - 12:09 pm
LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England warned Thursday that the British economy could suffer its deepest annual contraction since the Spanish War of Succession a little over three centuries ago as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, before roaring back next year. In what it describes as a “plausible”...
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FILE - In this March 3, 2020 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference to discuss an announcement from the Federal Open Market Committee, in Washington. The Federal Reserve said Friday, April 24, it had $85.8 billion in loans outstanding last week in three of the programs it rolled out last month to protect the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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April 29, 2020 - 5:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it will keep its key short-term interest rate near zero for the foreseeable future as part of its extraordinary efforts to bolster an economy that is sinking into its worst crisis since the 1930s. Chairman Jerome Powell noted the gravity...
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A station passageway is crowded with commuters wearing face mask during a rush hour in Tokyo Monday, April 27, 2020. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expanded a state of emergency to all of Japan from just Tokyo and other urban areas as the virus continues to spread. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
April 26, 2020 - 11:03 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s central bank is making it easier for cash-strapped companies to get funding in response to the growing economic devastation from the coronavirus pandemic. The Bank of Japan decided at a meeting Monday to ease monetary policy, including expanding the purchase of commercial...
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FILE - In this March 25, 2020 file photo, a closed sign hangs in the window of a shop in Portsmouth, N.H., due to caronavirus concerns. The Federal Reserve is taking additional steps to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to suport American households and businesses as well as local governments as they deal with the coronavirus. The Fed said Thursday, April 9, among the actions it is taking is the activation of a Main Street Lending Program that was authorized by the $2.3 trillion economic relief bill pass by Congress last month. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
April 09, 2020 - 2:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve unleashed a new series of moves Thursday to try to make loans available to states, localities and companies that have been hard hit by the coronavirus. In doing so, the Fed will pump an additional $2.3 trillion into the U.S. economy. The central bank, in part,...
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This photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, March 19, 2020, shows trader Gregory Rowe, center, as he works on the trading floor. Stocks are see-sawing between gains and losses in midday trading on Wall Street Thursday, but the moves are more subdued than the wild jabs that have dominated recent weeks. (NYSE Photo by Alyssa Ringler via AP)
March 19, 2020 - 10:48 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday after modest Wall Street gains on hopes government and central bank action can shield the world economy from a looming global recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Australia and Southeast Asia...
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A sign advises of the closure of a restaurant at Pike Place Market on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Seattle. Many shops in the landmark market continue to remain open, though business has dropped considerably in recent weeks. A day earlier, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ordered all bars, restaurants, entertainment and recreation facilities to temporarily close to fight the spread of COVID-19 in the state with by far the most deaths in the Unite States from the disease. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
March 17, 2020 - 6:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve put in motion two emergency lending programs Tuesday that were last deployed in response to the 2008 financial crisis, aiming to ease the flow of credit to businesses and households struggling amid the viral outbreak. The first, announced mid-morning, is...
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A woman wearing face mask walks past a bank electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Monday, March 16, 2020. Asian stock markets and U.S. futures fell Monday after the Federal Reserve slashed its key interest rate to shore up economic growth in the face of mounting global anti-virus controls that are shutting down business and travel. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
March 16, 2020 - 7:51 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks fell sharply Monday after central bank moves to shore up economic growth failed to dispel investor's fears over virus controls that are shutting down global business and travel. There were no glimmers of optimism: European and Asian stock indexes were down as much as 10...
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Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda speaks during a news conference in Tokyo Monday, March 16, 2020. Japan's central bank took emergency action Monday to help support the economy following the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to cut its benchmark interest rate to nearly 0%. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
March 16, 2020 - 3:50 am
BANGKOK (AP) — The Bank of Japan joined other major central banks Monday in expanding its already unprecedented levels of monetary support for financial markets and companies battered by the outbreak of the coronavirus. The BOJ announced after an emergency policy meeting that it would expand its...
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