ECB  policymakers suggest  a combination of measures may be needed to prop up the euro zone economy as recent indicators paint an even bleaker picture of the outlook. Photograph: iStock

Banks in the euro zone will get more time to set aside cash to cover for loans that have gone or will go unpaid after the European Central Bank bowed (...)

 US stocks turned lower on Thursday as the first contraction in the manufacturing sector in nearly a decade and uncertainty about future interest rate cuts overshadowed an initial boost from upbeat retail earnings. Photograph: Reuters/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

European shares fell on Thursday as mixed readings of business growth across major economies and uncertainty over the US interest rate outlook made in(...)

Germany, the euro region’s largest economy, faces the risk of falling into a recession should output contract again in the three months through September. Photograph: iStock

Activity in the euro area’s private sector unexpectedly picked up, though a meaningful rebound remains out of sight. IHS Markit’s composite Purchasin(...)

The Bank of Japan’s decision to reduce rates to zero to reboot Japan’s flagging economy in 1999 was seen as radical at the time and looked on by US and European central bankers as a kind of Japanese idiosyncrasy, not to be tried anywhere else

This year, fittingly, marks the 20th anniversary of Japan’s zero interest rate policy (ZIRP). The Bank of Japan’s decision to reduce rates to zero to (...)

Negative Danish mortgage rates might sound good, but it’s not quite  free money

With Danish banks heralding the advent of negative mortgage rates, which means that homeowners could be actually paid to borrow money to buy a home, I(...)

ECB president Mario Draghi: he  has signalled  that all options are on the table, including a potential restart of quantitative easing. Photograph:  Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach/File Photo

Euro area inflation was weaker than initially reported in July, raising pressure on European Central Bank policy-makers to consider more stimulus in S(...)

Record low yields are being fueled by rising expectations of policy easing by the European Central Bank. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Less than a decade ago, investors could barely be compensated enough to hold the bonds of Spain and Portugal for fear the nations could be severed fr(...)

Minister for  Finance Paschal Donohoe: analysts hold out little prospect he will sell  off further bank shares in the foreseeable future. Photograph: Conor Healy

The Government has seen almost €6 billion wiped off the value of its stakes in the three surviving bailed-out banks in the past year, leaving a notion(...)

A view of  the New York Stock Exchange on August 14th. Photograph:  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Stock markets globally were glad earlier this week to see that Donald Trump wasn’t prepared to cancel Christmas. Equities, which have had a bumpy ris(...)

Wall Street stocks tried to move higher on Thursday. Photograph: AFP

The Iseq stock market index in Dublin and wider European equity markets fell on Thursday as investors became increasingly worried about the global eco(...)

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