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While you were sleeping Lockhart, US retail sales

Not all policy makers believe September should mark the start of easing the central bank's bond-buying program.

While you were sleeping Optimism on US budget talks

Signs that budget talks between US Democrats and Republicans are finally progressing are raising optimism an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff will be reached by year-end.

While you were sleeping: Fed delivers the goods

US Federal Reserve policymakers make good on a promise to help revive the world's largest economy.

While you were sleeping: Greek-sponsored retreat

Some believe a clear signal from Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke on Thursday will draw out many investors waiting on the sidelines.

World week ahead: Cue the Fed

There is now an expectation that the Fed, like the ECB agreed last week, will opt for an open-ended approach to buying more assets, giving it greater flexibility to respond to economic data as it is released.

While you were sleeping: ECB steps up to bat

Global shares pause as investors await ECB confirmation on its bond-buying programme in the hope the bank will act to help check the EU credit crisis.