Bank of England

Bank of England Bracing for Possible No-Deal Brexit

June 20, 2019

The Bank of England left the British Bank Rate at 0.75%, its level since a 25-basis point hike last August. The baseline forecast, which was formally reviewed at the prior meeting, anticipates further rate normalization, but assumed a smooth Brexit process that looks increasingly unlikely. Today’s statement identifies increased downside growth risks, projects flat GDP […] More

Dollar Down on a Perfect Storm of Tensions Fraught with Uncertainty

June 20, 2019

The dollar lost 0.6-0.9% overnight against the euro, Swiss franc, loonie, yuan, kiwi, Australian dollar and Mexican peso. The greenback also has fallen 0.4% relative to the yen and 0.3% vis-a-vis sterling. The list of unknowns keeps lengthening. Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone, seemingly bringing another Middle East war closer. From Fed Chairman […] More

Bank of England’s Policy Settings Unchanged

March 21, 2019

The Bank of England as expected did not change its 0.75% Bank Rate, which earlier had been raised twice by 25 basis points, initially in November 2017 and then in August 2018 to 0.75%, highest since March 2009. Nor were quantitative policy tools modified, and both decisions were made unanimously as expected. In a released […] 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

Softer Dollar on the First Day After the Fed’s Rate Hike

December 20, 2018

Markets did not take comfort from Wednesday’s FOMC interest rate hike or the upbeat economic prognosis of Chairman Powell. The dollar fell overnight by 0.6% against the euro, 0.5% relative to the yen and  Swiss franc, 0.4% vis-a-vis sterling, 0.3% versus the Australian dollar, and 0.2% against the yuan and loonie. Share prices fared poorly […] More

Dollar Down, Stocks Mostly Up Overseas

November 1, 2018

The dollar fell overnight on this first day of November by 1.5% against the kiwi, 1.3% relative to the Australian dollar, 1.0% vis-a-vis the peso and sterling, 0.7% versus the euro, 0.6% against the Swiss franc, and 0.4% relative to the loonie and yuan. The yen, in contrast, remains unchanged against the dollar. Share prices […] More

Bank of England Leaves Policy Settings Unchanged

September 13, 2018

A second Bank Rate hike of 25 basis points to 0.75% had been undertaken six weeks ago. The first being of similar size was made last November. The asset purchase program was not changed either, and current limits were reached quite some time ago. Members of the Monetary Policy Committee decided that the current stance […] More

Thursday’s Menu: Central Bank Decisions, Price Data, Hurricane Florence, and a U.S. Offer for a New Round of High Level Trade Talks with China

September 13, 2018

The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey lifted its key 0ne-week repo rate by a greater-than-expected 625 basis points to 24.0%. The dollar lost 2.8% against the lira afterward and has also fallen 1.0% against the Russian ruble, 1.6% relative to the South African rand, and 0.6% versus the Mexican peso. The Bank of […] More

Bank of England Tightens a Second Time

August 2, 2018

Following up on an initial interest rate hike last November, the Monetary Policy Committee by unanimous vote raised Britain’s Bank rate from 0.50% to 0.75%, highest since March 2009. The policy governing the Bank of England’s holdings of gilts and corporate bonds was not changed, and a released statement gave the following forward guidance to […] More

Share Prices Falter… British and Czech Central Bank Rates Hiked

August 2, 2018

The tone of tariff threats between the United States and China has intensified. The Turkish lira tumbled to an all-time low beyond the 5 per dollar level yesterday in response to the imposition of U.S. sanctions against the Turkish Minister of Justice. The lira had already been under siege as a result of accelerating inflation […] More

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