The European Central Bank is poised to announce plan to buy government bonds.
The International Monetary Fund called for governments to pursue accommodative monetary policies in 2015.
Eurozone inflation turned negative, with prices in December 0.2% lower than the same month last year.
Investors predict the European Central Bank may act to stimulate the economy.
Consumer spending was the biggest driver of the raised estimate.
Global business confidence slipped to five-year low in October, according to a survey of 6,100 companies.
The U.K. bank is now hiring in the Asia-Pacific region to refocus its investment-banking business.
Survey ranks Singapore the best country to do business for a ninth consecutive year.
Asian shares shrugged off early losses on Wednesday, while the dollar was close to 14-month high.
Investors breathed easier over the crisis in Ukraine, which had appeared to escalate on Friday.
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