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BOK to prop up S. Korea's modest economic recovery

Mar 11, 2021 23:44 pm UTC| Economy

The Bank of Korea (BOK) will continue monetary easing to prop up an expected modest recovery in South Koreas economy. According to the BOK, it will pay close attention to household debts and financial imbalances as...

Negative Rates Series

Central Banking Series

The Reserve Bank could still go negative

Feb 02, 2021 13:10 pm UTC| Economy

Few people expected the Reserve Bank to adjust its cash rate at its first meeting of the year today, and for good reason. It has been saying loudly that it is not expecting to increase the cash rate for at least three...

Central Banking Series

Federal Reserve hopes years of zero rates will spur inflation – but there are risks

Sep 20, 2020 06:01 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

In a healthy economy, prices tend to go up a process called inflation. While you might not like that as a consumer, moderate price growth is a sign of a growing economy. And, historically at least, wages tend to go up...

FX Hedging Strategy Series

Central Banking Series

RBA Maintains Status Quo In Expansionary Mode Of Monetary Policy - Relative Values in Aussies Via Optionality

May 05, 2020 12:08 pm UTC| Research & Analysis Central Banks

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) left its monetary policy unchanged this morning, but changed the rules for some collateral to assist with financing conditions on the capital markets. In its main scenario the RBA...

Central Banking Series

The Fed will have to do a lot more than cut rates to zero to stop Wall Street's coronavirus panic

Mar 17, 2020 01:38 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

The Federal Reserve is 0 for 2 in its fight against Wall Streets coronavirus panic, seeming to confirm perceptions of the central banks impotence. The Feds first attempt to calm thing down a half-point surprise rate...

Central Banking Series

One word repeated 9 times explains why the Reserve Bank cut: it's "coronavirus"

Mar 04, 2020 00:34 am UTC| Insights & Views Central Banks Economy

Never has a virus featured so prominently in a Reserve Bank statement. Reserve Bank of Australia The word coronavirus is mentioned nine times in the governors seven-paragraph statement. His board cut the cash...

Central Banking Series

The evidence suggests Reserve Bank rate cuts don't hurt confidence

Feb 04, 2020 12:16 pm UTC| Insights & Views Central Banks Economy

When the Reserve Bank board meets today for the first time this year it is likely to leave its cash rate unchanged at the current all-time low 0.75%. Afterwards, it will announce its reasons, many of them good. But...

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Economy

Starbucks Korea's Q1 earnings soar 78% to 33.6 billion won

Starbucks Korea reported a net profit of 33.6 billion won in the first quarter, jumping 77.8 percent on-year due to an increase in mobile orders and drive-thru store sales and a lower base effect. Sales surged 15...

Hyundai Motor to invest 8.1 trillion won for EV production in US by 2025

Hyundai Motor Group will invest 8.1 trillion won in the US by 2025 to produce electric vehicles, improve production facilities, and increase its presence in the smart mobility solutions area. South Koreas top automaker,...

S. Korea's logic chip capacity share expected to drop due to US expansion

South Koreas capacity share in the advanced logic chip market is likely to decline as the US attracts more global semiconductor firms to build plants on its turf, according to a report by Counterpoint Research. The...

Hyundai, Kia to suspend plant operations due to chip shortages

Hyundai Motor Co. will suspend its No. 3 and 5 Ulsan plants for several days next week while its affiliate Kia Corp. will suspend its No. 2 Sohari plant due to semiconductor shortages. Operations at the No. 5 Ulsan...

Chick-fil-A limits sauce distribution to customers due to supply chain woes

Chick-fil-A announced it will be limiting customers to one sauce cup or packet per item ordered at most of its approximately 2,600 restaurants. The chicken sandwich company said it is making adjustments to quickly solve...

Politics

Ireland's shame: reforming an adoption system marked by secrecy and trauma

For the greater part of the 20th century Ireland was marked by a culture of shame that separated thousands of women from their children, many of whom were forcibly given up for adoption. The trauma inflicted by these...

World War 3: NATO allies warn Russia amidst tensions with Ukraine

Tensions at the eastern border between Ukraine and Russia have since escalated and became a cause of concern for NATO member countries. With tensions between the two countries potentially escalating into a world war,...

Joe Biden open to passing parts of infrastructure plan without GOP support

The passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan was done on party lines, with Democrats exercising their slim majority powers without a single vote of support from Republican lawmakers. In his recent interview, Biden...

Joe Biden hopes Israel - Gaza conflict to be over 'sooner than later'

The unrest in Israel and Gaza has escalated in recent days, especially among Israelis and Palestinians. Joe Biden said this week that he hopes the conflict that is ongoing could be resolved and added that Israel has the...

Kamala Harris meets with Indian-American Rep. Ami Bera to discuss India's COVID-19 crisis

India is currently experiencing an unprecedented crisis in its tackling of COVID-19. This week, California Congressman Ami Bera met with Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss Indias crisis with the pandemic. Bera, the...

Science

Space tourism – 20 years in the making – is finally ready for launch

For most people, getting to the stars is nothing more than a dream. On April 28, 2001, Dennis Tito achieved that lifelong goal but he wasnt a typical astronaut. Tito, a wealthy businessman, paid US$20 million for a seat...

From making wine to managing mine waste, clay is important for many industries

The discovery and use of clays dates back to 30,000 years ago, making clays one of the oldest materials used in society. Clays are naturally occurring materials that were first used to make pottery and are now used...

One incredible ocean crossing may have made human evolution possible

Humans evolved in Africa, along with chimpanzees, gorillas and monkeys. But primates themselves appear to have evolved elsewhere likely in Asia before colonising Africa. At the time, around 50 million years ago, Africa...

Inside the world of tiny phytoplankton – microscopic algae that provide most of our oxygen

Phytoplankton are microscopic algae living throughout the oceans surface waters. They cant swim and are at the mercy of the currents and tides. Despite their small size, phytoplankton enable life in the oceans and...

First human-monkey embryos created – a small step towards a huge ethical problem

Scientists have created the worlds first monkey embryos containing human cells in an attempt to investigate how the two types of cell develop alongside each other. The embryos, which were derived from a macaque and then...

Technology

‘Mass Effect Legendary Edition’ won’t come to Xbox Game Pass anytime soon

With plenty of EA-published games made available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers recently, it is a fair question to ask if Mass Effect Legendary Edition will be included in its library as well. However, the remastered...

Discord to launch Stage Discovery and Threads features soon

Discord has just been updated with new features, and the popular group-chatting client has more things lined up to improve users experience. Barely two weeks after the Stage Channels were launched, Discord has announced...

‘Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2’ might not be ready for a 2021 launch

A new report claims the development of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 is close to its conclusion. However, this does not necessarily mean the much-awaited sequel is launching anytime soon. Legend of Zelda: Breath...

Sony unveils new colors for PS5 DualSense controller

Sony is giving fans a chance to play their favorite video games in style with the announcement of two new colors for the PS5 DualSense controller. The color options called Midnight Black and Cosmic Red, will not launch...

Google Pixel 6 goes through design overhaul, new leak suggests

All the disappointment Google fans may have felt when not much was changed in the Pixel 5s design last year may be reversed once the Pixel 6 series arrives. A new leak suggests the upcoming phones will sport...
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