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New Overnight Developments Abroad – Daily Update

Several Central Banks Hold Scheduled Policy Meetings

January 19, 2017

Central banks in Euroland, Indonesia, Malaysia and Chile hold their first interest rate policy meetings of 2017. The ECB retained a zero percent refinancing rate, flanked by a 0.25% interest on its marginal lending facility and a negative 0.40% deposit rate. Bond buying of EUR 80 billion per month will continue this quarter, followed by […] More

Better Session for the Dollar

January 18, 2017

Following sharp losses on Tuesday, the dollar prior to the release of U.S. CPI figures shows a recovery of 0.9% against sterling, 0.8% relative to the peso, 0.5% vis-a-vis the loonie and yen, and 0.2% versus the euro, Aussie dollar and kiwi. The yuan and Swiss franc remained┬ásteady. Share prices in the Pacific Rim increased […] More

Strengthening Pound and Gold, Weakening Dollar and Stocks

January 17, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a speech on Brexit that Rejects any residual partial association with the European Union, Prioritizes total control over immigration above special rights to the single market, Informs that an all-out arrangement for the U.K. would leave it in position to negotiate trade separate trade deals with all countries. Hopes […] More

Dollar Up, Stocks Down on MLK Holiday

January 16, 2017

The United States is observing Martin Luther King’s birthday. The stock exchange and banks will be closed. But President-Elect Trump continues to make lots of news. In a wide-ranging interview with the European press, Trump did not back away from well-rehearsed previous themes. NATO is outdated. The U.S. will not remain its prime financier. Radical […] More

Markets Calmer than Yesterday

January 13, 2017

After slumping Thursday, the dollar is unchanged today against the yen, Australian dollar, loonie and sterling. The greenback slipped a mere 0.2% against the euro, Swissie and peso since Thursday’s close and is down 0.1% vis-a-vis the yuan and kiwi. The Japanese Nikkei recovered 0.8%. Elsewhere in the Pacific Rim, equities have fallen 0.8% in […] More

Sinking Dollar

January 12, 2017

President-Elect Trump’s press conference yesterday was contentious and uninformative with regard to coming policy specifics, leaving investors confused, disillusioned and scared. The dollar, which had rallied since the U.S. election, suffered significant overnight losses against advanced and emerging market currencies alike. The greenback lost 1.2% against the yen and peso, 1.0% relative to the kiwi, […] More

Dollar Up ahead of Trump’s First Press Conference

January 11, 2017

The dollar appreciated overnight by 0.5% against the euro, 0.4% versus the yen, Swissie and sterling, 0.2% relative to the Mexican peso, and 0.1% relative to the yuan. It dipped 0.1% vis-a-vis the New Zealand and Australian currencies but extended its rise against the Turkish lira by about 2%. The juxtaposition of Obama’s Farewell Address […] More

Greater Calm

January 10, 2017

Not much is happening this Tuesday. Several data releases corroborate other recent indications of improving global growth, mounting confidence, and rising inflation around the world. The dollar is unchanged against the euro and Swiss franc, up 0.1% versus the Australian and Canadian monies as well as sterling but down 0.2% relative to the yuan and […] More

Market Jitters as January 20th Nears

January 9, 2017

European share prices have so far today lost 1.6% in Italy, 0.8% in Greece, 0.6% in Spain, 0.5% in Germany, and 0.3% in Switzerland. Japanese markets were shut for Coming of Age Day. Stocks elsewhere in the Pacific Rim rose 0.9% in Australia and 0.5% in China and New Zealand but fell 0.6% in Indonesia. […] More

U.S. Jobs Day Culminates First Week of 2017

January 6, 2017

Prior to the Labor Dept report, the dollar showed overnight gains of 0.5% against the yen and sterling, 0.6% versus the yuan and 0.2% relative to the euro, Swissie and loonie. Lesser changes were recorded against the Aussie and New Zealand dollars. The Mexican peso was 0.4% higher. Ten-year German bund and British gilt yields […] More

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