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Missingflation: the battle to bring inflation back

Missingflation: the battle to bring inflation back

Falling prices may seem like good news to consumers, but they can lead to falling demand, lower investment and rising unemployment, which further reduce spending.

Daily Insights 

May 31, 2016

European equities largely unchanged

  • European equities were largely unchanged this morning, following a strengthening in most Asian equity markets. In FX, too, both EUR and GBP were fairly range-bound against USD. Meanwhile, the AUD was the outperformer, appreciating 0.8%, with net exports beating market expectations ahead of tomorrow’s Q1 GDP release.
  • In Japan, the focus was on PM Abe’s reported comments to government and ruling party officials that he intends to postpone the consumption tax (VAT) hike currently scheduled for April 2017 (to 10% from the current 8%) to October 2019 (eg, Nikkei, 29 May). This news drove a rally in Japanese stocks, with the Topix up 1.2% on Monday and 0.8% this morning, while USDJPY rose on the news and is trading around above 111 at the time of writing. Clarification on this issue is expected at a press conference on 1 June. In terms of data, Japan’s production and consumption data surprised to the upside.
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Igniting growth with our clients

Our financial advice and access to investment capital helps transform clients' business ideas into long-term growth and innovation. Together, those ideas are the fuel that ignites progress for the global economy and society. 
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Barclays Social Innovation Lab

Can investment bankers be social innovators? 100 of our newly promoted Investment Bank associates took up the challenge.

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The C-suite's innovation dilemma

The financial services c-suite needs to embrace technology innovation, and learn its language if they want to succeed, according to Harvard Business School professor and New York Times’ bestselling author Clayton Christensen.

Professor Christensen explains why the state of disruption in financial services could force them to adapt in this interview with Arian Lewis, Barclays' Head of Open Innovation.

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