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  • Some experts want the Fed to raise rates sooner rather than later, but most think near-zero levels are here for another year.

    POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: December 16, 2009

  • A day after she spoke at the Gridiron, Palin got a hot reception when hundreds of people stood in near-zero temperatures in Sioux City, Iowa, and Sioux Falls, S.D., for book signings.

    Palin's tale of two worlds

  • China's projected emissions are so large that, when added to the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere, Chinese emissions alone may be sufficient to trigger catastrophic climate change even if all other countries approach near-zero emissions levels.

    Jason J. Czarnezki: Boom to Bust: China, the U.S., and the Environment

  • One of the fastest, most decisive ways to restart U.S. private-sector job growth would be to end the Fed's near-zero interest rate and the Bush-Obama weak-dollar policy.

    Weak Dollar, Weak Economy

  • The U.S. is practically alone in the world in pursuing a near-zero interest rate and letting its central bank leverage to the hilt to buy up the national debt.

    Weak Dollar, Weak Economy

  • Instead, near-zero rates and a weak dollar severely undercut the Federal Reserve's credibility, once one of America's strongest magnets for global investment.

    Weak Dollar, Weak Economy

  • The Bank of Japan's emphasis on near-zero rates and a stable monetary policy make the currency look like a safe haven, drawing investors.

    Japan's Woes Remain Despite Currency Move

  • With all eyes on the debt-limit debacle and Washington's out of control spending, it's easy to forget the monetary-policy mess created by the Federal Reserve and its near-zero interest rate.

    Weak Dollar, Weak Economy

  • Mr. Shirakawa also said the central bank's commitment to keep rates near-zero has also helped to keep the yen from rising.

    Shirakawa Says Current Yen Level 'Not Working As An Additional Risk Factor'

  • Masaaki Shirakawa , the BOJ's bookish, rail-thin governor, is on an unapologetic campaign to make a case that might surprise his detractors: The Japanese central bank is in fact a misunderstood pioneer of innovative monetary policies meant to combat price deflation, such as near-zero interest rates and aggressive securities purchases, that other big central banks now are trying.

    Japan's Bernanke Hits Out at His Critics in the West


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