Asia’s central bankers can take some comfort in the rising prices: they suggest that the threat of deflation might be receding. Elsewhere in Asia, producer prices are now also rising, or at least falling more gradually than before. Source: The Economist
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Greece reported having some 149.1 tonnes of gold reserves at the end of 2016 amounting in the value of 5.26 billion euros. Almost half of that gold is kept in vaults abroad, and after a Greek newspaper reported that half of its gold reserves had been handed over to the ECB. Source: Greek Reporter
Top advisers to French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen have met with strategists and analysts from BlackRock Inc, Barclays Plc and UBS Group AG, among other firms to explain their economic program and plans to withdraw France from the euro. They have met with analysts from British and American financial institutions. Source: Bloomberg
The European Central Bank will not put a sudden end to its asset purchase program, ECB policymaker Jens Weidmann said in an interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. Weidmann reiterated his criticism of the ECB’s asset purchases, saying he saw them “very critically”. Source: Reuters