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RBA starts three-year countdown to lift in interest rates

Jul 06, 2021 08:55 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

In line with expectations, the Reserve Bank of Australia has announced it will keep official interest rates on hold at 0.10%. But is also ready to start tapering off its unconventional monetary policy measures...

Central Banking Series

It's not the Reserve Bank's job to worry about housing prices

Jun 12, 2021 07:15 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

Once again folks are pointing to the potential danger of Australias low interest rates. This week a poll of so-called market economists by ratings agency Fitch had only 12% of respondents in favour of the Reserve Bank...

The RBA wants to cut unemployment, and nothing — not even soaring home prices — will stand in its way

May 09, 2021 09:21 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

Ahead of the definitive official read of the economy from the treasury in the budget on Tuesday, the Reserve Bank has given us two special insights into its own thinking in the space of 14 hours. They suggest that...

The Bank of Canada must seize the pandemic moment and do more for Canadians

May 09, 2021 09:17 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

The Bank of Canada, like central banks around the world, is currently facing enormous upheaval and uncertainty due to the enduring COVID-19 pandemic. Will its leadership seize the moment as an opportunity to innovate...

Bank Indonesia keeps key interest rate on hold at 3.75 pct

Dec 17, 2020 12:57 pm UTC| Commentary Central Banks

The Indonesian central bank stood pat today, maintaining the policy rate at 3.75 percent. Bank Indonesia maintained its growth projections at -1 percent to -2 percent for 2020, and 4.8 percent to 5.8 percent for the next...

Philippine central bank cuts key policy rate by 25 bps, likely to further cut rates in 2021

Nov 19, 2020 17:30 pm UTC| Commentary Central Banks

The Philippine central bank, BSP, lowered its overnight reverse repurchase rate by 25 basis points to 2 percent. The curt was linked to unfavourable external and domestic factors, such as elevated global uncertainty,...

Bank Indonesia lowers interest rate by 25 bps to 3.75 pct, unlikely to cut further

Nov 19, 2020 16:25 pm UTC| Commentary Central Banks

Indonesian central bank lowered its key policy rate by 25 basis points to 3.75 percent. Todays cut is the first since July. The decision to cut rate reflects a desire to help the economic rebound and comes on the back of a...

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Economy

Tencent shares plunge 10% after China media calls online gaming 'electronic drugs'

Stocks of Chinas biggest social media and video game firm Tencent tumbled over 10 percent, wiping almost $60 billion from its market capitalization after state-run Economic Information Daily likened online video games to...

Nissan and AESC to build $456 million EV battery plant in Japan

Envision AESC and Nissan will build a second car battery factory in two months, set to rise in Ibaraki Prefecture, with an initial investment of $456 million and an annual production capacity of six gigawatt-hours in...

NTT laments lost opportunity to showcase technology at Tokyo Olympics

Japanese companies like Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. lament the missed opportunity for their products to take center stage with the lack of spectators in the Olympic games. NTT wanted to showcase its...

Toss offers free transactions amid growing online bank competition

Viva Republica would eliminate transaction fees for Toss users starting Monday, as it prepares to launch Toss Bank next month and gears up for growing competition with internet-only banks and other fintech firms. The...

Politics

Joe Biden vaccine: US meets 70 percent vaccination rate

The Biden administration is increasing efforts to get Americans vaccinated in light of the surge in cases, especially of the Delta variant. This week, President Joe Biden has announced that the US has finally hit the 70...

Kamala Harris to promote Biden-Harris administration's 'America is Back' in upcoming visit to Singapore, Vietnam

US Vice President Kamala Harris will be making her next few overseas engagements this month in her upcoming visits to Singapore and Vietnam. Harris is expected to promote the new administrations message in her trips to the...

Kevin McCarthy faces further backlash from women's rights group over 'joke' of assaulting Nancy Pelosi

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy recently came under fire for his joke about hitting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a gavel should he become House Speaker in 2022. However, McCarthy is facing further backlash as a...

Capitol insurrection: Testimonies from Capitol police can help build criminal case against ex-POTUS Trump

Last week was the first hearing of the House Select Committee tasked with investigating the events of the Capitol insurrection last January 6. Following the testimonies of some of the injured law enforcement officials that...

Science

Hyundai Mobis develops brainwave analyzer to prevent drowsy driving

Hyundai Mobis developed a brainwave detection device dubbed M. Brain to alert motor vehicle operators against drowsy driving or sudden health issues. The M.Brain analyzes brainwaves to determine the drivers health...

Osaka University ties up with town of Okoppe to turn cow poop into methanol using LEDs

Researchers from the Osaka University and the town of Okoppe are conducting studies to produce methanol by illuminating biogas from cow manure with LEDs. Experiments were conducted at an agricultural and scientific...

Big bang: how we are trying to 'listen' to it – and the new physics it could unveil

Exactly what happened at the beginning of the universe, 14 billion years ago, is one of the greatest mysteries in physics theres no simple way to probe it. Thats because, in its early stages, the universe was filled with...

S. Korean researchers reveal method of using fat insects in producing eco-friendly biodiesel

South Korean researchers announced a method of producing environment-friendly fuels by utilizing the remains of high-fat black soldier flies. The method uses leftover fat from black soldier flies to produce animal feed,...

Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory debut world’s first enzymatically recycled bottles

A consortium that includes Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory has produced the worlds first food-grade PET plastic bottles from enzymatically recycled plastic using Carbios recycling process. The bottles that have been...

Technology

Honor Magic 3 benchmark result hints at the use of Snapdragon 888

The anticipated official launch of Honor Magic 3 is just a few days away, but leaks remain unstoppable. More recently, a Geekbench benchmark test result appeared online, possibly revealing what processing chip will power...

‘Clair de Lune' traveled to space to become the first NFT music to reach orbit

Claire de Lune, the popular classical music composed by French composer Claude Debussy, has a non-fungible token (NFT) version, and this digital file was flown to space. Traveling to orbit and reaching 125,000 miles...

Google Pixel 6 series to launch in 8 countries

Google has done something quite different for the announcement of the Pixel 6 series. Instead of waiting until fall to unveil the upcoming flagship devices, the company published a series of tweets that revealed their...

‘Fortnite’ adds DC’s Bloodsport and ‘Street Fighter’s’ Cammy and Guile this week

Epic Games is having one major collaboration after another this summer. Now, the world of Fortnite is having a crossover with some popular Suicide Squad members and a couple of fan-favorite Street Fighter...
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