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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17 WASHINGTON - U.S. Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee announces decision on interest rates. WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen holds a press conference - 1930 GMT. WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang discuss US-China trade relations - 2200 GMT. LONDON - Bank of England will release the minutes of its December policy meeting - 0930 GMT. FRANKFURT - ECB Governing Council and General Council meeting. No interest rate announcements scheduled (to Dec. 18). VIENNA - Austrian Finance Minister Hans Joerg Schelling holds a news conference on budget and fiscal challenges - 0915 GMT.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18 WASHINGTON - Meeting of Financial Stability Oversight Council - 1600 GMT. U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to attend. BRUSSELS - European Council meeting (to Dec. 19). ECB President Mario Draghi to attend. TOKYO - Bank of Japan monetary policy meeting (to Dec 19).
CHICAGO - Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans gives opening remarks before the Second Annual Summit on Regional Competitiveness - 1500 GMT. CHARLOTTE, United States - Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker takes part in panel discussing the economic outlook - 1730 GMT. WASHINGTON - European Commission Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici speech on EU investment and growth - 1700 GMT. TOKYO - Bank of Japan to release monetary policy statement - 1230 GMT. TOKYO - Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda to hold post-meeting news conference - 1530 GMT. ZURICH - Swiss National Bank Governing Board Chairman Thomas Jordan speaks at the 9th End-of-Year Conference of Swiss Economists Abroad. STOCKHOLM - Meeting of the General Council of the Riksbank.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24 TOKYO - Bank of Japan to release the minutes of November policy-setting meeting - 2350 GMT.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25 TOKYO - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda speaks at the meeting of Councillors of Japan Business Federation.
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