December, 4Q12, and 2012 in Figures

January 2, 2013

Fiscal cliff worries depressed the dollar but did not prevent a rise of equities in December.  Stocks also posted gain in 2012 as a whole.  For the year, interest rates fell both in short and long maturities, particularly in Germany.  The dollar rose nearly 13% in 2012 but lost ground otherwise.  Gold climbed  7% from end-2011 but fell 5.4% in the final quarter.  Oil prices slid 7.1% during the year but retained a 90 dollar handle.  Bonds and stocks behaved better in the year than had been feared or expected.

10-Yr Yield 12/31/12 Chg vs 11/30 Chg vs 09/28 Vs End-2011
U.S. 1.76% +15 Basis Pts +13 Basis Pts -12 Basis Pts
Germany 1.32% -7 -12 -51
Japan 0.79% +7 +1 -20
U.K. 1.83% +4 +10 -15
Canada 1.79% +10 +6 -14
Switzerland 0.45% +1 -11 -24
3-month euros        
U.S. 0.31% 0 Basis Points   -5 Basis Pts -27 Basis Pts
Euroland 0.13% 0 -2 -123
Japan 0.18% -1 -1 -2
U.K. 0.52% -1 -8 -56
Canada 1.24% 0 -3 -31
Swiss 0.01% -2 -3 -4
FX   Chg in USD Chg in USD Chg in USD
EUR/USD 1.3193 -1.6% -2.6% -1.9%
USD/JPY 86.77 +5.2% +11.2% +12.8%
USD/CHF 0.9156 -1.3% -2.7% -2.4%
GBP/USD 1.6238 -1.4% -0.6% -4.4%
AUD/USD 1.0396 +0.3% -0.2% -1.6%
NZD/USD 0.8284 -1.0% 0.0% -6.0%
USD/CAD 0.9930 -0.1% +1.0% -2.6%
USD/CNY 6.2317 +0.1% -0.9% -1.0%
Equities   % Chg % Chg % Chg
S&P 500 1426 +0.9% -1.0% +13.4
Nasdaq 3020 +0.3% -3.1% +15.9%
Djia 13104 +0.6% -2.5% +7.3%
Dax 7612 +2.8% +5.5% +29.1%
Nikkei 10395 +10.0% +17.2% +22.9%
Ftse 5898 +0.5% +2.7% +5.9%
Canada TSE 12434 +1.6% +0.9% +4.0%
Swiss SMI 6822 0.0% +5.0% +14.9%
Commodities   % Change % Change  
Oil, $ per brl 91.82 +3.3% -0.4% -7.1%
Gold, $ per oz 1674.80 -2.1% -5.4% +7.0%

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