Archive for February 9th, 2017

Central Bank Watch

Another Mexican Central Bank Rate Hike

February 9, 2017

The U.S. election put Mexico in a world of hurt. A variety of policy initiatives by the new administration north of the border has weakened the peso sharply, driven Mexican import prices considerably higher and overall inflation above target, and depressed consumer and business confidence. Growth slowed last quarter. According to a released statement after […] More

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Filipino Monetary Policy Unchanged After First Review of 2017

February 9, 2017

The Monetary Board at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas kept the overnight reverse repo at 3.0%, the overnight lending rate at 3.5%, and reserve requirements at 3.0%. A released statement continues to project in-target (2-4%) inflation this year and next. A recent rise reflects in headline inflation doesn’t reflect core items and, at 2.7%, remains in […] More

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A Convergence of Bond Yields

February 9, 2017

Ten-year sovereign debt yields fell 6, 5, and 3 basis points in Spain, Italy and France but rose 8 bps in Greece, 2 bps in the U.S. and U.K. and 1 bp in Germany. The dollar advanced 0.7% against the kiwi, which was depressed when the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s policy statement left the […] More

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