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  • Stefan Karlsson Bank of England adopts unemployment target

    The Bank of England has practically abandoned its target of moving inflation down to 2 percent, saying it won't consider raising interest rates until unemployment falls below 7 percent, Karlsson writes. The move isn't likely to change much policy, but it is an explicit reminder that inflation rates have been above 3 percent since 2005.

  • Stefan Karlsson Japanese bond yields inch up. Are 'Abenomics' to blame?

    Japanese bond yields have started to move up again, rising above the pre-'Abenomics' level to 0.91 percent, Karlsson writes, something that worries many Japanese officials. Private demand has collapsed as investors have increasingly started to believe that the Bank of Japan through its purchases will actually achieve its new stated inflation target of 2 percent, a slump in demand that some have called a "bond buyer's strike."

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September 14, 2014

Photos of the weekend

A boy marches with a flute band during a pro-Union rally in Edinburgh, Scotland, Saturday. About 12,000 Protestant loyalists from Northern Ireland and Scotland marched through central Edinburgh in an emotional show of support for keeping Scotland in the United Kingdom.

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