Archive for September 7th, 2010

Central Bank Watch

Preview: Wednesday’s Bank of Canada Decision is a Very Close Call

September 7, 2010

When a second 25-basis point rate hike to 0.75% was announced on July 20 following a first such increase on June 1, Canadian monetary officials repeated the guiding remark about the future:  “Given the considerable uncertainty surrounding the outlook, any further reduction of monetary stimulus would have to be weighed carefully against domestic and global […] More

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Australian Monetary Policy Declared "Appropriate" and Left on Hold

September 7, 2010

As widely expected, Australia’s Official Cash Rate (OCR) was left at 4.5%.  A statement from the Policy Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia observed that the terms of trade (export/import price ratio) is back at its 2008 high and buoying Australian incomes.  The overall economy has been growing at a clip that is near […] More

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Nothing New Expected or Delivered from the Bank of Japan Policy Board After Latest Meeting

September 7, 2010

Just a week before its regular September meeting, the Policy Board had held a three hour six minute unscheduled meeting that by an 8-1 vote had increased the amount of money to be provided through fixed-rate funds-supplying operations to banks against pooled collateral, so no additional easing was to be expected at this time.  The […] More

New Overnight Developments Abroad - Daily Update

Fresh Concerns about Ezone Peripheral Economies

September 7, 2010

The euro fell 0.9% against the dollar.  Stocks have declined 1.4% in Madrid, 1.2% in Paris, 1.0% in Zurich, 0.9% in London and 0.7% in Frankfurt.  Ten-year sovereign bund and gilt yields are six and four basis points lower.  Bond spreads between Euroland’s peripherals and Germany have widened to more than 935 basis points in […] More

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