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New Overnight Developments Abroad – Daily Update

A Fresh Wave of Risk Aversion

March 22, 2019

There’s been a big move into safe assets, reflecting three developments since Wednesday: The Fed’s decision was more dovish than expected, putting interest rate normalization on hold for all of 2019 and ending the balance sheet rundown after September. EU leaders put Britain on a short leash to decide on its Brexit plan. While March […] More

Theme of the Day: Slowing Global Growth

March 21, 2019

Since the Federal Reserve’s policy decision and press conference yesterday, there’s been a parade of other central bank policy meetings. Although only Norway changed its policy rate — a hike no less — the running theme in the many central bank statements is that the slowdown in global demand late last year is continuing and […] More

Financial Market News Cycle Headed by FOMC, Brexit, and U.S./Sino Trade Talks

March 20, 2019

Today’s FOMC announcement at 14:00 EDT (18:00 GMT) will be accompanied by updated forecasts and followed at 14:30 by Chairman Powell’s press conference. Analysts look for scaled-back growth and inflation forecasts, fewer interest rate hikes this year than indicated earlier, and a stop in quantitative tightening. British Prime Minister May is asking for a 3-month […] More

More Brexit Confusion, Brighter Data, and an FOMC Meeting

March 19, 2019

The dollar stayed in neutral gear overnight, dipping 0.1% against the euro, sterling, and kiwi, holding flat relative to the yen, yuan and Swiss franc, and nudging up 0.1% vis-a-vis the Aussie dollar. Slightly bigger dollar dips occurred of 0.4% relative to the loonie and 0.2% versus the Mexican peso. Asian stock markets likewise didn’t […] More

Another Possibly Terrorist Shooting

March 18, 2019

As the last business week ended on Friday, investors learned of a terrorist shooting by a neo-nazi at a mosque in New Zealand that killed 50 people, and today brings news of another shooting some 11,670 miles away on a tram in The Netherlands that is also believed to be the work of a terrorist. […] More

Muted Overnight Moves in Dollar but Share Prices Up

March 15, 2019

The dollar this Ides of March is unchanged from Thursday closing levels against the yen, loonie and Swiss franc. The dollar fell 0.2% against the euro, sterling and Australian and New Zealand dollars and by 0.1% versus the yuan. Share prices rose 1.3% in China, 0.8% in Japan, and 0.6% in Hong Kong and show […] More

Dollar Broadly Higher as Investors Seek Clarity on Brexit Mess and U.S.-Sino Trade Talks

March 14, 2019

British MPs last night defeated a motion for allowing the U.K. to leave the EU without any Brexit deal by a vote of 321-278. Today’s vote will be a motion to extend the Article 50 deadline beyond March 29th. Prime Minister May aims to hold another vote within the week on her Brexit deal. A […] More

Awaiting Another Key Vote on Brexit

March 13, 2019

Yesterday’s British parliamentary vote on Prime Minister May’s revamped Brexit deal saw around 40 MPs flip from having voted no in January to now accepting the arrangement. The deal was nonetheless easily rejected by 391 nays to 242 yes votes. Today’s key vote asks MPs for approval for the U.K. to leave the EU after […] More

Sterling Takes a Hit… Brexit Not Going Well

March 12, 2019

Sterling depreciated 0.9% overnight against the dollar, which is otherwise down 0.2% against the yuan and Swiss franc and by 0.1% vis-a-vis the euro and kiwi. The dollar is also unchanged relative to the yen, loonie, Australian dollar and Mexican peso. Prime Minister May’s attorney general said changes in the handling of the Irish border […] More

China Leads Overnight Selloff in Stocks

March 8, 2019

Downward pressure on global equities caused by evidence of a slowdown had been building this week but intensified overnight. Share prices in the Pacific Rim plunged 4.4% in China, 2.8% in Hong Kong, 2.0% in Japan, 1.3% in South Korea, 1.2% in Indonesia and Australia, and 1.0% in Singapore. In Europe so far, stocks are […] More

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