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Fact: 30% of the Euro Area HICP basket is now in outright deflation

It’s the week before Christmas, and it has certainly not been a reassuring week for the ECB. The staff projections for HICP inflation for the Euro area were lowered to only 0.7% in 2015 and 1.3% in 2016, and HICP inflation for Germany was confirmed at +0.5% for November 2014 and at +0.4% for France. 368 more words

Economic Policy

Quebec healthcare could be prefunded with insurance premiums: C.D. Howe Institute

Quebec should pre-fund some types of health-care services by levying an insurance premium on people to cover future needs.

That recommendation comes from economists at the C.D. 668 more words


Can Innovation Help the Poor Escape from Payday Lenders? Ford Thinks So - Inside Philanthropy: Fundraising Intelligence

The Ford Foundation has been working to close the racial wealth gap for over two decades, a gap much in the news these days, and one part of that effort has been to help “unbanked” low-income people escape from the shady world of payday lending and worse, and access the financial services that middle-class people take for granted. 45 more words

US News

McDonald's in Japan limits orders of fries due to U.S. labor dispute

TOKYO (AP) — Only small fries with that? McDonald’s in Japan is limiting the serving size of fries as stocks run short due to labor disruptions on the U.S. 369 more words


'What does the Plenum mean to China and to its relations with the outside world?'

From Guo Yezhou, Vice-Minister of the IDCPC and Chairman of CCCWS

The latest development in China is the 4th Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which was held just one month ago. 2,040 more words

China Growth

TLTRO spoils Christmas holidays at the ECB

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but it does not look like Santa Claus has any intention to stop by Frankfurt. Yesterday, the ECB revealed the outcome of the second Targeted Longer Term Refinancing Operation (TLTRO) auction, which definitely were not good enough to ease pressure on the Central Bank to act. 545 more words


The ECB winter of discontent

It was the last meeting before Christmas at the ECB, as well as the first in the new premises and the last with a non-rotating voting system. 1,070 more words