Archive for June 2018

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Bank of Thailand: No Change

June 20, 2018

Thailand’s one-day repo rate was kept at 1.5% by a vote of 5-1. It’s been at that level since a 25-bp cut in April 2015. Unlike some Asian economies, Thailand runs a current account surplus. Inflation still lies below the 1-4% target midpoint. Officials took this occasion to raise projected GDP growth this year and […] More

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Calmer Waters

June 20, 2018

Share prices recovered 1.2% in Japan and Australia, 1.0% in South Korea, 0.7% in India, 0.4% in Hong Kong and 0.3% in China. U.S. and European equities have rebounded more moderately. The spin on a possible trade war is that the harsh rhetoric from officials in the U.S. and China is just threat to secure […] More

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Intensifying Fear of a Trade War Generating Stampede from Risky Assets

June 19, 2018

Today’s story lies in market movement, not fresh economic news. The DOW, German Dax and Paris Cac have dropped over 1.0%. Chinese share prices plunged 3.8%. The Hang Seng lost 2.8%. Japan’s Nikkei closed down 1.8%, and the South Korean Kospi fell by 1.5%. The 10-year Treasury yield slid another 3 basis points and is […] More

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Trade War Concerns and Immigration Tensions Rattle Markets Further

June 18, 2018

Share prices fell 1.2% in South Korea and 1.0% in Singapore. In Europe, stocks have thus far dropped 1.4% in Germany, 1.2% in France, 1.1% in Switzerland, 1.0% in Spain, 0.9% in Italy and 0.4% in the U.K.. Markets were closed today in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong for the Dragon Boat Festival and remained […] More

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Next Week

June 15, 2018

Central Banks: Monetary policy reviews in the U.K., Switzerland, Thailand, Taiwan, The Philippines, Brazil, Mexico, Norway and Hungary. Release of Bank of Japan minutes. Fed officials speaking publicly include Powell, Bullard, Dudley, Bostic, and Williams. Other central bankers speaking in public include Draghi, Praet, Lautenschlaeger and Coeure of the ECB, Governor Kuroda of the BOJ […] More

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Bank of Japan Leaves Policy Unchanged, Downgrades Inflation Outlook

June 15, 2018

Following four hours six minutes of discussion on Thursday and Friday, the Bank of Japan Board voted 8-1 to maintain its policy of quantitative and qualitative monetary easing with yield curve control. The key elements of this stance are A negative 0.1% short-term policy interest rate target. A target of around zero percent on the […] More

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Bank of Russia Retains 7.25% Main Interest Rate

June 15, 2018

Russian monetary easing is on pause. The rate had been last cut by 25 basis points in both February and March and before that by a full percentage point during March-June of 2017 and 125 basis points during the final quarter of last year. But after leaving the one-week repo rate at 7.25% following this […] More

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More Trouble

June 15, 2018

President Trump has approved a 25% tariff on $50 billion of Chinese imports. The Bank of Japan gave a gloomier assessment of inflation, downgrading its range to 0.5-1.0% from around 1.0% and observing that medium-term and long-term inflation expectations aren’t escaping a deflationary mindset. Policy settings were left unchanged, and an extremely accommodative stance seemingly […] More

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ECB Decisions and Draghi Press Conference

June 14, 2018

Investors found the ECB message today somewhat more dovish than feared. To be sure, the released introductory statement confirmed that new asset purchases will be completed by the end of this year. Draghi’s statement asserts that “progress towards a sustained adjustment in inflation has been substantial so far. With longer-term inflation expectations well anchored, the […] More

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Monetary Policy on Hold at Central Bank of Chile

June 14, 2018

The monetary policy rate has been 2.5% since four 25-basis point cuts implemented within the first five months of 2017, and yesterday’s decision announced late in the day again resulted from a unanimous vote. Officials released a statement that revised the near-term inflation forecast upward due to oil price developments and a depreciated Chilean peso, […] More

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