March 22, 2018, 4:22 am
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Fed likely to raise rates, may upgrade 2018 outlook

WASHINGTON- The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates at its first policy meeting under Chairman Jerome Powell and may signal more hikes are coming in response to tax cuts and government spending that could further stoke a robust US economy.

Asian bond investors return to Euro shores as US loses luster

LONDON- Asian investors are returning to the European government bond market in numbers not seen in years, as a strengthening economy, positive yields and the increasing cost of dollar investments conspire to make Europe an attractive destination again.

Asia may reward private equity’s patient capital

HONG KONG- Private equity may prove its long-term bona fides in Asia. 

Bull market aging but still has juice to break record

NEW YORK- The bull market for stocks turned nine years old on Friday and, despite being long in the tooth, appears poised to set the record as the longest in history, buoyed by global economic growth and stronger company earnings.

Asian shares subdued; euro choppy

SYDNEY- Asian shares hovered near 2-1/2 week lows and the safe-haven yen rose on Monday amid fears of a global trade war, while the euro pared gains as investors worried Italy’s national elections could deliver an anti-establishment government.

HAWK OR DOVE?: Powell showed markets both sides in debut

WASHINGTON- Financial markets barely batted an eye when Jerome Powell’s first public statement as Federal Reserve chief saw daylight, interpreting it as a steady-handed commitment to the US central bank’s policy of gradual interest rate increases.

Stock bulls still running, but a bit tired

BENGALURU- Global stock markets will rise further in 2018, even as the era of low inflation, bond yields and volatility has come to an end and the rocket fuel behind a bull run that began in 2009 is running dry, a Reuters polls of strategists showed.

Speculators see Fed pulling trigger soon

LONDON- Hedge funds and other speculators are making their biggest ever short-term bet on higher US interest rates, a clear sign that the “vol-mageddon” bout of market turbulence earlier this month has almost completely fizzled out.

Companies surf the e-commerce wave

LONDON- Amazon’s assault on the retail industry has brought misery to traditional retailers without a strong web presence.

UNDER NEW CHAIR POWELL: Markets fret over Fed’s approach

NEW YORK- Investors are starting to doubt whether they can count on the protective embrace of an accommodative US central bank when markets go haywire.


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Column of the Day

Realities of aging

By PHILIP S. CHUA | March 22,2018
‘We no longer have any excuse not to maximize our health and longevity.’

Opinion of the Day

CenterLaw voids Duterte’s decision

By NESTOR MATA | March 22, 2018
‘The Center for International Law (CenterLaw) voids Duterte’s decision to withdraw from the UNCHR and ICC.’