Asia shares idle ahead of central bank bonanza


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Asian shares idled and the dollar held firm on Monday as investors looked to navigate a minefield of central bank meetings this week that could see the end of free money in Japan and perhaps a slower glide path for US rate cuts. Central banks in the United States, Japan, UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, Brazil and Mexico all meet and, while most are expected to hold steady, there is plenty of scope for surprises. Tuesday could see the end of an era as the Bank of Japan is now widely tipped to end eight years of negative interest rates and...