Exclusive: ECB union says staff losing faith in leadership over inflation, pay

Exclusive: ECB union says staff losing faith in leadership over inflation, pay

40% of ECB staff has low or no trust Two-thirds say confidence is damaged 63% worried about ECB’s ability to protect purchasing power FRANKFURT, Jan 18 (Reuters) – (This Jan. 17 story has been corrected to restore the dropped words in paragraph 11) European Central Bank staff are losing confidence in the institution’s leadership following … Read more

BOJ defies market bets for policy tweaks, yen tumbles

BOJ defies market bets for policy tweaks, yen tumbles

BOJ keeps interest rate targets, yield band intact BOJ ramps up market operation tool, signal status quo on YCC Board raises inflation forecasts but cuts growth projections TOKYO, Jan 18 (Reuters) – The Bank of Japan on Wednesday maintained ultra-low interest rates, including a bond yield cap it was struggling to defend, defying market expectations … Read more

COVID travel curbs against Chinese visitors ‘discriminatory’ -state media

COVID travel curbs against Chinese visitors ‘discriminatory’ -state media

U.S., Japan, others require COVID tests from Chinese visitors China state media calls COVID travel curbs “discriminatory” China’s factory activity likely cooled in December -poll BEIJING, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Chinese state-media said COVID-19 testing requirements imposed by several places around the world in response to a surging wave of infections were “discriminatory”, in the … Read more

Turkey’s Erdogan drops retirement age requirement for millions

Turkey’s Erdogan drops retirement age requirement for millions

ANKARA, Dec 28 (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan eliminated a retirement age requirement on Wednesday in a move that allows more than 2 million Turkish workers to retire immediately, less than six months before an election. The announcement was made during a news conference and follows Erdogan’s ruling AK Party delivering a hefty hike to … Read more

China’s vast countryside in rush to bolster COVID defences

China’s vast countryside in rush to bolster COVID defences

Hospitals, funeral parlours overwhelmed by COVID wave Some countries impose testing rules on Chinese travellers China reports one new COVID death for Dec. 28 SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Dec 29 (Reuters) – China’s sprawling and thinly resourced countryside is racing to beef up medical facilities before hundreds of millions of factory workers return to their families for the … Read more

U.S. stocks drop on recession fears, Nasdaq closes at new bear market low

U.S. stocks drop on recession fears, Nasdaq closes at new bear market low

Tesla gains 3.3% in choppy trade Southwest Airlines slips 5.2% on government scrutiny Indexes down: Dow 1.1%, S&P 500 1.20%, Nasdaq 1.35% Dec 28 (Reuters) – Wall Street’s main indexes ended weaker on Wednesday, with the Nasdaq hitting a 2022 closing low, as investors grappled with mixed economic data, rising COVID cases in China, and … Read more

Chinese hospitals, funeral homes ‘extremely busy’ as COVID spreads unchecked

Chinese hospitals, funeral homes ‘extremely busy’ as COVID spreads unchecked

Hospitals, funeral parlours report surge in COVID infections China reports three new COVID deaths for Tuesday Some countries consider travel rules for Chinese visitors CHENGDU, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Chinese hospitals and funeral homes were under intense pressure on Wednesday as a surging COVID-19 wave drained resources, while the scale of the outbreak and doubts … Read more

India makes inroads into Sri Lanka under China’s long shadow

India makes inroads into Sri Lanka under China’s long shadow

COLOMBO/NEW DELHI, Dec 27 (Reuters) – When Sri Lanka slid into its worst economic crisis in seven decades leading to deadly riots and alarming shortages of fuel, food and medicines earlier this year, its giant northern neighbour stepped into the breach. India provided about $4 billion in rapid assistance between January and July, including credit … Read more

Wall St stocks fall, oil rises as China drops quarantine rule

Wall St stocks fall, oil rises as China drops quarantine rule

NEW YORK/LONDON, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Wall Street’s benchmark S&P 500 and the Nasdaq fell on Tuesday after the release of U.S. economic data, while oil prices rose after China said it would scrap its COVID-19 quarantine rule for inbound travellers, which was seen as a major step in reopening its borders. U.S. Treasury yields … Read more

Tesla used car price bubble pops, weighs on new car demand

Tesla used car price bubble pops, weighs on new car demand

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Tesla buyers who waited months for their new car have had an unusual choice for much of the past two years: keep the new electric vehicle, or sell it at a profit to someone with less patience. But the days of the Tesla flip are numbered – a potential … Read more