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The Week Ahead in Finance (29-09-2014)

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter brings you five things to look out for in the week ahead (08-09-2014). Essential news that will shape the week and help you keep ahead in the world of business and finance.

German jobs data: Germany will release its latest employment figures on Tuesday. The job market in Europe’s largest economy has remained steady, despite its economic contraction in Q2 and decreasing consumer confidence. As such, economists expect little change in the country’s unemployment rate.

Related article: Is the euro rot spreading to Germany? Is she no longer “My Perfect Cousin”?

Economic data from Japan: Tuesday will also see a flood of economic data released from Japan, including unemployment, industrial production, retail sales, and housing starts. The nation’s manufacturing PMI will be released the day after, with analysts anticipating a slight increase to 51.2, up from 51.1 in August.

Related article: Understanding the Implications of Japan’s “Two Lost Decades”: Lessons for Europe and the United States

US jobs report: The Bureau of Labor Statistics will report on the United States’ employment situation on Friday. August’s report showed a disappointing gain of 142,000 jobs, the weakest growth this year, and analysts are calling for 215,000 more nonfarm payrolls in September.

Related article: America’s Labor Market by the Numbers

ECB policy meeting: The European Central Bank (ECB) will hold their policy meeting in Naples on Thursday. No change in benchmark interest rates is expected, though plans to buy asset-backed securities and covered bonds are still being discussed.

Related article: Cementing Europe’s Recovery

SA monetary data: South Africa will publish a range of August monetary data on Tuesday. Monthly money supply growth will be of particular interest; this is expected to have slowed to 6.8% growth from a year earlier, from 7.26% in July.

Related article: South Africa Breaks Out

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