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What does the author mean here?

The Fed's raise was not the only piece of news that could encourage the world's central banks to a firmer stance.

source: http://www.businessinsider.com/r-Fed-rate-moves-could-spell-end-to-asian-easing-2017-3

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The actual structure should be “encourage somebody to do something”.

The article, as is the case with many others - both articles and interviews, has omitted the verb since it is somewhat clear what is meant. This stems from the fact that the whole phrase is to hold a stance.

encourage the world's central banks to [hold] a firmer stance

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