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Dollar Performance When Big U.S. Tax Cuts Are Undertaken

November 13, 2017

It remains unclear whether President Trump will get a tax cut law to sign by the end of this year or even in 2018. Both the Republican-controlled congress and he want to get this done, but the devil is in the details. If this legislation indeed happens, it will undoubtedly be large in scale like […] More

A Rebound in Sovereign Bond Yields but Softer Stocks and Dollar

November 9, 2017

The dollar fell 0.5% overnight against the yen, 0.3% versus the euro and Swiss franc and 0.1% relative to the loonie. The Australian dollar and sterling are unchanged, and the kiwi, yuan and peso dipped 0.1%. Share prices eased 0.7% in Taiwan, 0.3% in New Zealand and 0.2% in Japan. Equity losses today in Europe […] More

Market Pessimism Intrudes

October 19, 2017

Yesterday’s stock market optimism swung into reverse. Data showing softer Chinese growth in 3Q hit the Hong Kong market, where the Hang Seng index fell 2.2%. The Spanish government of Prime Minister Rajoy invoked previously unused constitutional powers to revoke Catalonia’s autonomy. In response, stocks in Europe are down 2.2% in Greece, 1.3% in Italy, […] More

Monday’s Spotlight on Politics and Central Banks

September 25, 2017

Saturday’s parliamentary election in New Zealand resulted in a hung parliament. The center-right National Party of Prime Minister English took a 46.0% plurality of the popular vote (58 of 120 seats) and will need to cobble together a coalition with smaller parties to form a government. Labour won 35.8% of the vote, good for 45 […] More

Biggest U.S. Manufacturing Growth Advantage Versus Euro Area in a Half Year

September 1, 2017

The U.S. manufacturing purchasing managers index jumped 2.5 points in August to a 76-month high of 58.8. That increase was three times greater than the 0.8-point rise of Euroland’s manufacturing PMI to a 2-month high of 57.4, resulting in a 1.7-point U.S.-minus-Euroland PMI spread to 1.4 points. That spread is the most U.S.-advantageous since February. […] More

Less Risk Aversion Now but Respite Might Not Last

August 14, 2017

North Korea hasn’t backed down rhetorically, and U.S. President Trump has every reason to keep foreign crisis distraction on the front-burner in light of the developments in Virginia. Nonetheless, the new week kicked off with last week’s haven-favored assets trimming their gains. Investors have shown temporary faith that a nuclear war will be averted one […] More

Stocks Up, and Peso Recovery Extended

June 26, 2017

Equities began the final week of the second quarter mostly on a rising note, with gains of 1.3% in Taiwan, 0.9% in China and Hong Kong, 0.6% in New Zealand, 0.4% in South Korea and 0.1% in Japan and Australia. Several markets were shut for the end of Ramadan. Share prices in Europe have advanced […] More

Reserve Bank of India

June 7, 2017

For a fourth straight Monetary Policy Committee meeting, the key repo interest rates in India was kept at 6.25%. Such had been reduced by 125 basis points in 2015 and by a further 25 basis points in April and October of 2016. The Reserve Bank of India has a medium-term inflation target of 4.0%, and […] More

Soft Tone in Sterling, Sovereign Debt Yields, Oil and Stocks

May 26, 2017

Sterling fell 0.7% against the dollar overnight in response to a new poll showing just a 5-point spread between Prime Minister May’s Conservatives and the Labor Party; the spread earlier had been over 20 points. Britain’s parliamentary election is scheduled for June 8. Sterling declined more sharply against several other currencies, as the dollar is […] More

Nato and Opec Meetings Attracting Attention, as Does Weak British GDP Report

May 25, 2017

A row broke out over U.S. leaking of key intelligence from the Manchester bombing investigation between the May and Trump governments just prior to today’s Nato meeting in Brussels. Prime Minister May will speak to President Trump about U.S. leaks, and Britain reportedly has stopped sharing information with U.S. on the matter. West Texas Intermediate crude […] More

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