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.
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."
Russian artist Maria Gasanova adjusts her make-up as she finishes 'The Siberian Beauty' body art work, from her 'The Alive Painting' series, before the opening ceremony of the Cultural Universiade as part of preparations for the 2019 Winter Universiade Krasnoyarsk, in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia on Friday.