Archive for January 2019

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January 2019 in Figures

January 31, 2019

Equities rebounded sharply in January from their December slump, and the price of crude oil (West Texas Intermediate) soared 18.2%. There were no central bank policy rate changes among the major economies surveyed in this monthly feature, but the Federal Reserve signaled a shift from rate normalization to one of patience with no more increases […] More

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Central Bank of Chile Lifts Policy Rate

January 31, 2019

The Central Bank of Chile engineered a second 25-basis point in its monetary policy rate to 3.0%. The initial rate hike of similar size had been done in October. The rate’s last cyclical low of 2.5% had prevailed from May 2017 through October 2018. Chilean CPI inflation now of 2.6% is a half percentage point […] More

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Short-Lived Fed Stockmarket Rally

January 31, 2019

The FOMC’s tightening pause gave a big boost to U.S. stocks yesterday and was augmented by some better-than-expected corporate earnings.¬† But the DOW fell in the first hour of U.S. trading, and share prices have also weakened today in Germany France, and Australia. This contrasts with gains close to 1% in China, Hong Kong and […] More

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Powell’s Press Conference

January 30, 2019

Fed Chairman Powell’s press conference reinforced the significant change in monetary policy forward guidance contained in the formal statement released today by the Federal Open Market Committee. He declined to agree that the current hold on further near-term changes in the federal funds target is merely a “pause in a tightening cycle,” conceding instead that […] More

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Today’s FOMC Statement on Monetary Policy – Analysis

January 30, 2019

Today’s statement¬†accelerated the shift in forward guidance rate directionality away from a one-sided risk toward less accommodation and greater normalization by introducing an element of two-sided risk and less certainty about the timing and number of increases if such should be deemed appropriate. The prior statement on December 19 had added the bolded word “some” […] More

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FOMC Preview

January 30, 2019

The first rule of Federal Reserve chairmen when wearing their communicator-in-chief hat is to do no harm.¬†Chairman Powell failed that test at December’s press conference by placing a very positive spin on U.S. economic trends and appearing not to back away from a baseline expectation that the a couple more interest rate hikes in 2019 […] More

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Brexit Mess, An FOMC Announcement, and Some Weak Data Reports

January 30, 2019

Last night’s British parliamentary votes produced an ill-advised win for Prime Minister May, rejecting a no-deal option or a second referendum in favor of authorization for the prime minister to attempt a renegotiation of parts of her agreement with the rest of the EU. Those governments have repeatedly ruled out renegotiation, so a no-deal Brexit […] More

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National Bank of Hungary

January 29, 2019

Although leaving Hungary’s central bank base rate (0.90%) and overnight deposit rate (-0.15%) unchanged at their cyclical lows, officials at Magyar Nemzeti Bank are now contemplating a policy trend reversal, affecting both its quantitative stimulus and these key interest rates. The Monetary Council is prepared for the gradual and cautious normalization of monetary policy, which […] More

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Important Decisions Later Today in the Long Brexit Saga

January 29, 2019

The major dollar relationships have moved 0.2% or less overnight. President Trump’s State of the Union Address has been reset for February 5th. Originally, it would have been today but was delayed because of the federal government shutdown. That leaves today’s major object of market attention fixed on Britain’s Parliament, where a series of votes […] More

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Political Strains Batter Equities Again

January 28, 2019

Prospects weakened over the weekend for a border security deal between President Trump and Congressional Democrats by the February 15th deadline. The president attaches less than even odds to that happening and insists that a wall will be built. The negotiation of withdrawal terms for Brexit is going nowhere. The EU rejects any renegotiation of […] More

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