News Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing through economic policies that have been coined Abenomics

Core inflation rose 1.3% in December- beating expectations- matched by rising factory output

Central banks inject billions into markets but Fed holds US rates

The Federal Reserve continued its tough-love policies toward the US financial system yesterday, saying "no" to Wall Street calls for an interest rate cut, but joining with fellow central banks to provide additional liquidity to rattled markets.

Bank of Japan injects cash into flailing markets

Japan's central bank today injected a total of 2.5 trillion yen (US $24 billion) into money markets and issued a statement vowing to take measures to maintain stability in the country's financial markets.

Soaring commodity prices push Japan to brink of recession

Japan's economy, the second largest in the world, is on the brink of recession, as evidence grows that the economic woes afflicting Europe and America are spreading eastwards.

Stephen King: Interest rate cuts won't cause another bubble, but they could relieve the pain

Those who oppose interest rate cuts seem to base their arguments on one of three ideas. First, rate cuts won't work. Second, rate cuts will simply reignite earlier housing or stock market bubbles. Third, borrowers simply don't deserve rate cuts. Some people seem to believe in all three of these ideas, an approach which, to my mind, is nonsensical.

Leading Article: There is no magic bullet

Charles Bean, the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, probably wishes he had chosen his words a little more carefully. No one wants to hear from one of the stewards of our economy that he and his colleagues have their "fingers crossed" that things will improve, or that the slowdown is likely to "drag on for some considerable time". What people want in turbulent economic times is precision and a plan, not airy fatalism.

10 ways out of the credit crisis

Slash? Spend? Guarantee? Co-ordinate? We analyse the options for Gordon Brown as he heads for US talks on the credit crunch

The Analyst: Artemis spots bargains amid the panic

Figures from the Investment Management Association suggest that investors have been selling their corporate bond investments. Perhaps they are disillusioned by the funds' relatively poor performance over the last year or so.

Citigroup and Merrill Lynch raise $21bn to cover mortgage losses

Two of Wall Street's biggest banks have raised $21bn (£10.7bn) in a single day, a vital step towards repairing their battered balance sheets and shoring up investor confidence in the face of mounting losses on the US mortgage market.

BoJ sounds concern over inflationary pressures

The Bank of Japan gave cautious hints of a shift in its interest rate policy yesterday, though analysts stressed that a move away from the country's zero-rate policy is unlikely to be imminent.

Japan pick-up spreads to the wider economy

Japan's export-led recovery is spreading to non-manufacturers and consumers, the Bank of Japan said yesterday, as it refrained from pumping extra cash into the economy.

Euro slides versus dollar and yen

THE EURO slipped against the dollar and yen in very light US trading yesterday, falling to a low of $1.0077 before finding support near $1.0090.
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