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Take Five: ECB, earnings and geopolitical escalations

The European Central Bank meets on Thursday and will likely be pressed on signs of divisions over the future pace of bond purchases, which have been stepped up recently to prevent a rise in borrowing costs from derailing the recovery.

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Take Five: Who's afraid of U.S. inflation?

U.S. consumer prices for March are due out Tuesday and markets are ready to scour the data for signs that massive stimulus spending is spurring inflation. Rising inflation expectations helped ignite a first-quarter selloff in Treasuries that pushed yields to pre-pandemic highs.

A container ship sails at the Suez Canal, in Ismailia

Take Five: Spring in the step

Financial policymakers from around the globe are preparing to convene -- virtually of course -- for the springtime meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. G20 nations' finance chiefs meet too on April 7.

FILE PHOTO: The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Fort Smith

Take Five: Quarter-end tug of war

A new U.S. president, the selection of the candidate who might be Germany's next leader, a $1.7 trillion rise in the value of global equities, amateur traders taking on seasoned hedge funds and digital art selling for millions of dollars.

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Take Five: A trillion-dollar problem

It's tough being the Swiss National Bank: After months of battling safe-haven inflows, markets want to know what the SNB will do with its 914 billion-Swiss franc ($984 billion) foreign exchange pile at its March 25 meeting.

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Take Five: Week of the central banks

After a stunning selloff in U.S. Treasuries took benchmark 10-year yields above 1.6%, the highest in a year, the March 16-17 Federal Reserve meeting will be watched closely for hints policymakers are concerned about yields, asset bubbles and inflation.

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Take Five: Testing times

As a mini-tantrum raged on bond markets on Feb. 25, the U.S. Treasury auctioned $62 billion in seven-year notes. But investors, it would appear, forgot to show up. The lowest bid-cover ratio of 2.04 on record sent 10-year Treasury yields rocketing to a one-year high above 1.61%.

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