Archive for September 2016

Foreign Exchange Insights and Next Week

Next Week

September 30, 2016

Purchasing Managers Surveys: Next week is PMI week, bringing the release of a ton of manufacturing surveys, many service sector reports, some non-oil PMIs, construction PMIs for Britain, Germany and Australia, and retail PMIs covering¬†Euroland, Germany, France and Italy. PMI surveys tend to be more timely than most hard economic data. Central Banks: Monetary policy […] More

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National Bank of Romania

September 30, 2016

Officials at NBR consider monetary conditions appropriately stimulative. While today’s policy statement observes elevated uncertainties and notes that the latest on-year changes in total consumer prices and core components of the index are only -0.2% and +0.5%, the baseline outlook for inflation is a sanguine picture: Recent assessments reconfirm the outlook for the annual inflation […] More

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Bank of Mexico Raises Interest Rates for Third Time in 2016

September 30, 2016

As a U.S. presidential candidate with hostile intentions regarding relations with Mexico, Donald Trump is already influencing Mexican monetary policy the Bank of Mexico increased its policy interest rate to 4.75% from 4.25%. This was the third 50-basis point central bank rate hike since February and completely reverses easing undertaken between March 2013 and October […] More

New Overnight Developments Abroad - Daily Update

Bank Share Price Woes Escalate as Quarter Draws to a Close

September 30, 2016

There’s been the usual cornucopia of data releases on the final business day of the calendar quarter, but the big story of the day involves Deutsche Bank, whose share price is down nearly 10%. Deutsche’s woes are dragging down other stocks in the global financial sector despite supposed safeguards built into the system in the […] More

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Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan)

September 29, 2016

Monetary officials agreed to leave Taiwan’s discount rate unchanged at 1.375%, which is an accommodative stance according to a statement released today. The interest rate was cut by 12.5 basis points at each of the previous four quarterly policy reviews stretching back to September 2015. Monetary stances have remained easy at the central banks in […] More

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Czech National Bank Leaves Policy Unchanged

September 29, 2016

Czech monetary officials still expect policy settings to remain as is until mid-2017. The policy interest rate has been at a mere 0.05% since November 2012, and the near-zero interest rate policy was supplemented a year later by the establishment of an intervention-enforced koruna cap at 27 per euro. A statement released today notes that […] More

New Overnight Developments Abroad - Daily Update

A Complicated and Contradictory Day of News

September 29, 2016

India announced it had delivered surgical strikes on militant terrorist camps just within Pakistan. Pakistan’s government is denying the accusation and India’s claim that the strike inflicted heavy casualties. The one thing certain is that the incident constitutes an escalation of one of the world’s most serious potential hotspots. The Indian rupee lost 0.6%, and […] More

New Overnight Developments Abroad - Daily Update

Oil and European Share Prices Show Firmer Tone

September 28, 2016

This has been another day with comparatively few releases of economic data — mostly some sentiment measures. Japanese small business sentiment recovered 1.4 points to a 2-month high of 47.7 in September but remains mired below the 50 threshold. Consumer confidence in China according to the Westpac gauge rebounded 3.7 points to a 3-month high […] More

New Overnight Developments Abroad - Daily Update

It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

September 27, 2016

Clinton was at first perceived as the clear debate winner last night, which spurred a rally of stocks in Asia and emerging market currencies like the Mexican peso. She was deemed the winner overall but also on virtually all issues discussed. Narrowest margin was on likely handling of the economy. Donald Trump reserved one of […] More

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Short Note on Presidential Polls

September 26, 2016

The first debate between Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party nominee, and Donald Trump, the Republican Party standard-bearer, takes place tonight. Presidential opinion polls now show a race that’s too close to call both nationally and in the key states that are likely to determine the outcome. Momentum is clearly behind Trump’s sail, however, since the […] More

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