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The Week Ahead in Finance (31-03-2014)

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Each week brings you five things to look out for in the week ahead (31-03-2014). Essential news that will shape the week and help you keep ahead in the world of business and finance.

ECB interest rates: The European Central Bank (ECB) will reveal its latest decision on interest rates this week, with analysts expecting no cut from its record low of 0.25%. However, experts at the German finance ministry are expecting a rise in key interest rates soon, due to recent signs of economic growth.

Japan sales tax: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is lifting Japan’s sales tax to 8 per cent from 5 per cent this week, in continued efforts to cut the country’s debt.

IMF global updates: All eyes will be on International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Wednesday, as she delivers her speech on the global economy in Washington. The IMF will also be releasing analytical chapters from its Global Financial Stability Report this week.

Australian interest rates: An interest rate hike is expected from the Reserve Bank of Australia this week, which has kept rates at a record low of 2.5% since August 2013.

EU-Africa Summit: The EU-Africa Summit in Brussels will be attended by 80 national delegations on Wednesday. Discussions will focus on “investing in the people, prosperity and peace”, with an emphasis on job creation and stimulating growth across both continents.

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Tags: Abenomics , Brussels , Christine Lagarde , debt , ECB , employment , EU-Africa Summit , European Central Bank , Global Financial Stability Report , growth , IMF , interest rate , International Monetary Fund , Japan , Jen Weidmann , jobs , Mario Draghi , Reserve Bank of Australia , sales tax
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