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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

Coronavirus Outbreak Tops Busy List of Developments for Markets to Process

January 30, 2020

Several central banks held their first policy reviews of 2020. Those in Chile and Great Britain left their interest rate structures unchanged at 1.75% and 0.75%, respectively. The National Bank of Ukraine implemented its sixth rate cut in nine months, a 150-basis point reduction to 11.0%. The Central Bank of Sri Lanka engineered its third […] More

Thursday Rundown of Overnight News, Data Reports, and Central Bank Decisions

December 19, 2019

President Trump has been impeached by a House of Representatives partisan vote of 229-197. He will get a trial in the senate. Market movements today are mostly unremarkable. Sovereign debt yields are up. Equities are down a bit in Europe but started on an up note in the United States. New Zealand’s stock market rallied […] More

Bank of England Policy Left As Is But Reveals a Dovish Sign

November 7, 2019

Sterling’s slide reflects one of the days biggest surprises. While the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee left unchanged existing stocks of corporate bond purchases, U.K. gilt purchases, and the 0.75% bank rate, the vote by the 9-person committee on the interest rate level drew dissents favoring a cut by Michael Saunders and Jonathan Haskel. […] More

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