Archive for November 7th, 2013

Foreign Exchange Insights and Next Week

The Race for Weaker Currencies

November 7, 2013

Comparisons to conditions during the Great Depression were made often back in 2008 and 2009, less so for a couple of years thereafter, but are popping up again.  One of the notable dissimilarities at first concerned commercial policy in the two periods.  Beggar-thy-neighbor tactics were common in the 1930s.  Saddled with anemic domestic demand, governments […] More

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Czech National Bank

November 7, 2013

As in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Switzerland, Czech monetary policy henceforth will be subordinated to an exchange rate policy mandate.  Some central banks like the Fed, Bank of Japan, and Bank of England have used asset buying to stimulate monetary policy once their interest rates are virtually at zero.  Monetary officials in the Czech Republic […] More

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Bank Negara Malaysia

November 7, 2013

The overnight Malaysian policy interest rate has been 3.0% since a 25-basis point hike in May 2011 that culminated four such increases implemented in March 2010, May 2010, July 2010 and the aforementioned most recent tightening.  A statement from the Monetary Policy Committee at BNM projects higher inflation than the 1.8% on-year average in the […] More

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The ECB’s Surprise Rate Cut

November 7, 2013

In a surprise to private ECB watchers, the Governing Council cut both the refinancing rate and the marginal lending rate to 0.25% and 0.75%, respectively, while leaving its deposit rate at zero.  At today’s press conference, President Draghi denied that the decision was a response to the euro’s external level, asserting that policymakers acted in […] More

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Bank of England

November 7, 2013

The Monetary Policy Committee did not change its two policy settings — a 0.5% key interest rate and a GBP 375 billion ceiling on the asset purchase program — were left unchanged as expected.  Forward guidance unveiled last July remains intact and factored in today’s result.  A statement shed no light on the committee’s latest […] More

New Overnight Developments Abroad - Daily Update

ECB Cuts Interest Rates, Surprising Analysts Who Didn’t Expect Such Before December.

November 7, 2013

The dollar has marked time overnight and on balance is unchanged against the euro, yen and kiwi, up 0.1% versus sterling and the Swiss franc, up 0.3% relative to the Aussie dollar, and down 0.1% vis-a-vis the loonie. Share prices dropped 0.8% in Japan, 0.6% in China and the Philippines, 0.7% in Hong Kong, 0.4% […] More

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