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German government bond yields fall

The yield on influential thirty-year German government bonds showed a marked fall this week amid concerns that European base rates will remain relatively low for some time to come. The European Central Bank has confirmed that the economic outlook both within Europe and around the world has turned downwards over the last few weeks with the US economy in particular showing signs of "cooling off".

As a consequence, the European Central Bank is unlikely to reduce fiscal assistance for the euro zone economy in the short to medium term and indeed base rates will remain at their current level for some time to come. There had been some discussion as to whether the European Central Bank, and European authorities, would look to stifle the threat of inflation in the short to medium term but this appears to have fallen by the wayside.

The indication that the US economy is showing signs of "cooling" is a major blow for the worldwide economy as the US is still the "engine room" of the worldwide economy. Despite earlier hopes that the US economy would drag the worldwide economy higher and back into the boom times, this would appear to be further away than ever today.

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