United States: Fed Heads May Ease Wall Street Confusion This Week
After a Federal Reserve statement and press conference that may have provided more questions than answers, and produced oddly divergent reactions in the stock and bond markets, investors will look to this week’s heavy docket of Fed speakers to provide clarity about the future of monetary policy. But whether they will get the clarity they seek is a different matter. (Source: CNBC)

Europe: Draghi Effect Subsides as Pressure Builds on ECB Chief
Mario Draghi’s stimulus pledge didn’t convince investors for long. Exactly one month since the European Central Bank president told his global peers he was ready to act to avert deflation in the euro area, bets on consumer prices have collapsed. (Source: Bloomberg)

Japan: OECD Says BOJ Inflation Goal Hard to Meet, Needs New Commitment
According to a senior official at the OECD, the Bank of Japan must make new commitments in order to meet its 2.0% inflation target by next spring. He also urged the country to proceed with the second sales tax increase in order to fix public finances. (Source: Reuters)

New Zealand: New Zealand PM Storms to Third Term but Faces Risk of Slower Growth
New Zealand’s National Party and Prime Minister John Key won a third straight term in Sunday’s general elections. The government has promised to maintain a strong economy; however, slowing demand from China may challenge the outlook. (Source: Yahoo News)

China: China’s Macro Policy Continues to Focus on Growth Objectives
China’s Finance Minister said that macroeconomic policy will continue to focus on economic growth objectives, particularly employment and inflation. Amid analysts’ raising expectations of additional stimulus, he said that changes in single economic indicators will not alter economic policy objectives. (Source: RTT News)

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