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."
Figure models called First Order's Stormtrooper from the film 'Star Wars' are displayed at Loft Variety Store in Shibuya shopping district in Tokyo, Thursday. New 'Star Wars' toys and other merchandise were released in stores across Japan just after midnight local time during a global rollout of the popular products.