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No U.S. Fiscal Package Yet as New Jobless Claims Exceed 1 Million for 20th Consecutive Week

August 6, 2020

Congressional talks on an additional fiscal stimulus reportedly remain far apart. The hope has been to secure agreement by tomorrow. Global Covid-19 cases just rose above the 19 million mark, and the U.S. total is closing in fast upon 5 million confirmed infections. Although more than 200k less than forecast, new U.S. jobless insurance claims […] More

Bank of England Expands Quantitative Stimulus

June 18, 2020

The Bank of England by a vote of 8-1 increased its asset buying ceiling from GBP 645 billion to a new level of GBP 745 billion. The Monetary Policy Committee members expect to hit that ceiling by the end of 2020. The program was raised back on March 19 by GBP 200 billion from a […] More

More Concern than Hope in Thursday’s Marketplace

June 18, 2020

It’s been a busy day for central bank watchers, as monetary policy was reviewed in the U.K., Norway, Switzerland, Brazil, Taiwan, and Indonesia. Released statements and some new data adhere to the baseline view that economic activity contracted even more sharply in the second quarter than the first but that the rate of slide began […] More

Disconnection Thursday Between Recessionary Data and Buoyant Stocks

May 7, 2020

Equities were mixed in Asia but have risen more impressively in Europe this morning. There were drops of 0.8% in India, 0.7% in Hong Kong and 0.2% in China but advances of 0.6% in Taiwan, 0.3% in Japan and 0.5% in New Zealand. The British Ftse, German Dax, and Paris Cac each have risen at […] More

Bank of England’s Scheduled Policy Review Today Didn’t Augment Steps Taken Earlier in the Month

March 26, 2020

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee had lowered the bank rate from 0.75% to 0.25% on March 11 and by a further 15 basis points to 0.10%, a record low, on March 19. Officials also had lifted the ceiling on the purchases of gilt securities and corporate bonds to GBP 645 billion and had […] More

Shocking Leap in U.S. Jobless Insurance Claims Steals the Spotlight

March 26, 2020

From theĀ  outset of this week, the most feared data release was today’s report on new jobless insurance claims for the week ending March 21, which was going to capture the impact of broad business lockdowns to combat the spreading Covid-19 pandemic. New claims had averaged 251k during the four weeks through March 14, and […] More

Dollar Down After Fed Expands Currency Swap Network.. Equities Up in Asia and Europe

March 20, 2020

The dollar fell overnight by 2.9% against the Australian dollar, 2.5% relative to the kiwi, 2.2% versus sterling, 2.0% vis-a-vis the loonie, 0.8% against the peso, 0.6% versus the yen and 0.4% relative to the euro and Swiss franc. The swap line arrangement that enables central banks to exchange on a temporary basis their own […] More

Bank of England Returns Key Interest Rate to 0.25% after Unscheduled Emergency Session of the MPC

March 11, 2020

At an unscheduled meeting of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, members voted unanimously to cut the base rate by 50 basis points, thus reversing the two 25-bp hikes engineered in November 2017 and August 2018 and restoring the rate to the post-Brexit level of 0.25% reached in the second half of 2016. According […] More

Continuing Market Volatility, an Unscheduled Bank of England Rate Cut, and Big Night for Biden

March 11, 2020

Share prices in Asia fell 2.3% in Japan, 2.8% in South Korea, 3.6% in Australia, 1.7% in Singapore and 0.9% in China. U.S. futures are down, but in Europe, stocks have so far risen 1.3% in France, 1.0% in Germany, 0.7% in Spain, and 0.6% in both the U.K. and Switzerland. The ten-year U.S. Treasury […] More

Bank of England Makes No Policy Change

January 30, 2020

The Bank of England’s policy rate has been 0.75% since a pair of 25-basis point hikes in November 2017 and August 2018. There were no changes made in 2019 or at this week’s first meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee this week. There were dissenting votes, however, but Saunders and Haskel, who have favored a […] More

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