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Gold at highest since May 1 on political uncertainty, dollar

Gold hit its highest in nearly four weeks on Friday as political uncertainty led investors to shun riskier assets in favour of bullion.

Rupee takes 21-paise hit after dollar clout grows

The rupee opened marginally lower at 64.30 against last Friday's level of 64.28 here today.

US monetary policies making emerging economies vulnerable: IMF

The tightening of monetary policies by the US at a time when other countries are easing theirs could make emerging economies "vulnerable" as many of their firms and banks have sharply increased their borrowings in dollars in the last five years, the IMF Chief warned today.

'Economy in much better shape to weather tighter US monetary policy'

India`s economy is in much better shape to weather tighter US monetary policy than it was two years ago, according to the economics team from ICICI Securities PD, the most accurate forecasters on Indian economic data in Reuters polls last year.

Coeure says ECB's QE programme kicks off without a hitch

The European Central Bank`s quantitative easing programme has kicked off without a hitch, ECB executive board member Benoit Coeure said on Thursday, adding that the central bank had no problems in finding bonds to buy.

Fed chief pledges no surprise monetary policy normalisation

Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen pledged Friday that the US central bank would strive to communicate clearly its strategy to bring its monetary policy back to normal after a long period of easy money.

'China's capital outflows not a risk, in line with reforms'

China's foreign currency regulator is not concerned by signs of forex outflows as the economy slows, the country`s foreign exchange regulator said on Thursday, saying a recent decline in forex reserves is in line with Beijing`s policy goals.

Fed's Fisher expects first rate hike in the spring: Report

The Federal Reserve should start raising U.S. interest rates in the spring, earlier than many investors currently expect, and should do so both slowly and gradually, a top Fed official said on Friday.

Yellen resolved to avoid raising rates too soon, fearing downturn

Approaching a historic turn in US monetary policy, Janet Yellen has staked her tenure as chair of the Federal Reserve on a simple principle: she`d rather fight inflation than another economic downturn.

Gold price falls by Rs 44 to Rs 28,155 per 10 gm in futures trade

Gold prices fell by Rs 44 to Rs 28,155 per 10 grams in futures trade Friday as speculators trimmed positions, tracking a weak global trend.

US Federal Reserve to meet with eyes on policy forecasts

The FOMC has consistently pointed to the middle of 2015 at the earliest for beginning to raise the fed funds rate. 

G20 host Australia urges central banks to avoid 'surprises'

G20 host Australia on Saturday urged better advance notice of policy changes by central banks to avoid shockwaves for emerging economies at a meeting of finance ministers where rifts over US monetary policy loomed large.

Text of the Federal Reserve`s policy statement

Here is the full text of the Federal Open Market Committee`s statement after the conclusion of a two-day policy meeting:

Inflation, strangely low, holds key to 2014 Fed policy

Stubbornly weak inflation is shaping up as the wild card for US monetary policy makers this year, with top Federal Reserve officials stumped by why it has lingered so low for so long and at odds as to what to do about it.

Gold price stumbles to 6-month low after Fed stimulus trim

Gold prices slid more than 1 percent on Thursday to its lowest since late June after the U.S. Federal Reserve took its first step away from the ultra-loose monetary policy.

Asian shares frozen in Fed headlights, yen hits the skids

Asian markets were mostly flatlining on Friday as investors fret over the outlook for U.S. policy stimulus, but Japanese stocks forged ahead as the yen slid to a five-year trough on the dollar.

Asian shares ease to two-and-a-half month low on Fed tapering anxiety

Asian shares slipped to a 2-1/2 month low on Thursday on heightened expectations the Federal Reserve may act sooner than later to unwind its stimulus after a provisional budget deal in Washington eased some of the fiscal drag on the U.S. economy.

Asian shares tumble on Fed uncertainty

Asian shares skidded to six-week lows and the dollar wobbled on Wednesday as investors pondered mixed signals from US Federal Reserve officials about when the US central bank would start to pare its asset-buying stimulus.

Asian shares frozen by Fed, ECB uncertainty

Asian stock markets were treading water on Wednesday after upbeat U.S. data fanned speculation the Federal Reserve could start slowing its asset buying as early as next month -- depressing bond prices and lifting the dollar.

Asia markets take glancing hit from Fed, BOJ softens blow

Asian markets suffered a glancing blow on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve`s latest policy outlook was deemed less dovish than some had wagered on, lifting both bond yields and the dollar.