Latest Economic stimulus News

As economy slows, new ECB head Lagarde faces big challenges

Oct. 31, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Europe's economy is losing steam. Top officials at the European Central Bank are at odds over policy. And it's even unclear whether they can do much to help anyway. It adds up to a full in-tray for Christine Lagarde as she takes over as ECB president on Friday. The former head of...

China pledges support for private market, no stimulus plans

Oct. 31, 2019 7:09 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's leaders affirmed support Thursday for private business within its state-dominated economy but gave no sign of initiatives to boost sagging growth following a planning meeting. The annual gathering of the Communist Party's Central Committee came as companies and investors are watching...

Trump's Rust Belt revival is fading. Will it matter in 2020?

Oct. 30, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump once promised that coal and steel would be the beating heart of a revived U.S. economy — a nostalgic vision that helped carry him to victory three years ago in the industrial Midwest. But a year away from Election Day, that promised renaissance is not...

Argentina's center-left Peronists poised to return to power

Oct. 28, 2019 1:56 AM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Conservative President Mauricio Macri conceded defeat in Argentina's election Sunday night, paving the way for the country's Peronist center-left to return to power under Alberto Fernández as frustrated voters rejected the incumbent's handling of a bruising economic...

Outgoing ECB chief defends legacy against stimulus skeptics

Oct. 24, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Mario Draghi ended his eight-year term as head of the European Central Bank by defending his most recent stimulus package and reminding that the eurozone is now in better shape than during the days when the Greek crisis threatened to break it apart. Draghi resisted extensive...

The Latest: Draghi says his legacy not dented by criticism

Oct. 24, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the European Central Bank and Mario Draghi's last new conference as its president (all times local): 2:55 p.m. As he winds up his eight-year term, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi says his legacy isn't dented by the unusual public criticism by some ECB...

Eurozone inflation revised down to near 3-year lows

Oct. 16, 2019 6:48 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Inflation in the 19-country eurozone was revised down in September to its lowest rate in nearly three years as energy prices fell by more than initially thought, official figures showed Wednesday. In an update, statistics agency Eurostat found that consumer prices rose by an annual rate of...

European Central Bank minority opposed bond-buying stimulus

Oct. 10, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European Central Bank policymakers haggled extensively over several parts of the stimulus package unveiled at their meeting last month, with dissenters objecting to the relaunch of bond purchases aimed at lifting inflation and growth in the 19-country eurozone economy. The written...

Eurozone inflation drops, underlining case for stimulus

Oct. 1, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Inflation in the 19-country eurozone weakened in September, slipping farther from the European Central Bank's goal and underlining President Mario Draghi's arguments for a recent stimulus package. Statistics agency Eurostat said Tuesday that the annual inflation rate eased to 0.9% in...

Australia cuts key interest rate to record low 0.75%

Oct. 1, 2019 2:35 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's central bank on Tuesday cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point for the third time since June to a new record low of 0.75%, seeking to boost a flagging economy. The cut follows reductions at the Reserve Bank of Australia board's monthly...