Archive for December 15th, 2017

Foreign Exchange Insights and Next Week

Next Week

December 15, 2017

Central Banks: Monetary policy meetings are scheduled in Japan, Sweden, Thailand, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. Minutes from this month’s meeting of the Reserve Bank of Australia will be published (note that January is the one month each year when the RBA doesn’t have a scheduled policy review). Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda and Bank […] More

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Bank of Russia

December 15, 2017

Russia’s key monetary policy rate has been reduced by a greater-than-expected 50 basis points to 7.75%. A main reason why central bank officials were able to slice 50 basis points from their interest rate as they did in September and April rather than 25 bps was was done in October, June, and March is related […] More

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National Bank of Ukraine

December 15, 2017

Ukraine’s central bank interest rate was raised by another full percentage point to 14.5% just seven weeks after an initial increase of 100 basis points. As in Mexico, inflation has been higher than assumed previously, and a number of price risks continue such as rising food prices, more fiscal deficit spending, some wage pressure, higher […] More

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Another Rate Hike at the Bank of Mexico

December 15, 2017

Citing higher-than-desired inflation, the Bank of Mexico under a new president has raised its one-day interbank rate to 7.25% from 7.0%. This is the fourth increase of 25 bps in size this year, following ones in March, May and June. A prior 50 basis point hike last February culminated a series of six half-percentage point […] More

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U.S. Tax Plan Creating Uncertainty

December 15, 2017

Markets are taking a breather. To paraphrase Yogi, the attempted overhaul of U.S. federal taxation ain’t done until it’s done, and uncertainty over whether a plan will be approved next week, the content of such a deal and its likely economic effects has caused investors to pause from their earlier euphoria. The dollar shows losses […] More

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