Bank of Mexico

Last Meaningful Week of 2020 Drawing to Close

December 18, 2020

Ahead of the approaching year-end holidays, this week saw a rush of central bank policy reviews and data releases, many¬† coming a couple of days earlier in December than is customary in other months. Foreign exchange trading tends to lose some breadth and depth in the final weeks of December, making currency relationships prone to […] More

Additional Leap in U.S. Covid Cases; Euroland 3Q GDP and U.S. PPI Headline Data Menu

November 13, 2020

The dollar is slightly weaker today, with overnight losses of 0.4% against the peso, 0.3% versus sterling, 0.2% vis-a-vis the yen and Australian dollar, and 0.1% relative to the Swiss franc. The dollar is also unchanged against the yuan and euro. Covid News continued to weigh on Asian equities, which dropped 0.9% in China, 0.7% […] More

Seventh Bank of Mexico Interest Rate Cut of 2020

September 24, 2020

The five-member Bank of Mexico Governing Board decided unanimously to cut its key interest rate to 4.25% from 4.5%. This was the seventh reduction reduction so far this year but only half the the incremental change in the the previous five adjustments but matches the size of the initial cut in February. Although Mexican GDP […] More

Another Mexican Central Bank Rate Cut

August 13, 2020

Over the past six months, policymakers at the Bank of Mexico have engineered six interest rate cuts totaling 275 basis points. The last five of these moves including today’s announcement were cuts of 50 basis points, and the overnight interbank interest rate now becomes 4.50%, which is a 3-1/2 year low. This latest easing, according […] More

Another Mexican Central Bank Interest Rate Cut

June 25, 2020

The Governing Board unanimously cut the overnight interbank interest rate by 50 basis points to 5.0%. This was the fourth straight monthly cut of 50 basis points, and there was also a 25 basis point cut made in February and three 25-bp reductions during the last four and a half months of 2019. The rate […] More

Bank of Mexico’s Fourth Straight Rate Cut …and More Likely in Future

May 14, 2020

The first overnight rate cut of 25 basis points done in February has been followed by 50-basis point moves in March, April and now May. Today’s action was larger than some analysts anticipated but decided by a unanimous 5-0 vote. The key rate’s new level of 5.5% represents a 3-1/2 year low and a total […] More

More Macroeconomic Relief around the World

April 22, 2020

The U.S. Congress approved a fourth fiscal package that’s just a tad short of $500 billion. South Africa unveiled $26 billion of fiscal support, which is equal to about a tenth of GDP. The Bank of Mexico Governing Board held an unscheduled meeting, cutting its policy rate for the third time this year. Along with […] More

Central Bank Rate Cuts in Mexico and Albania

March 25, 2020

Given the flurry of inter-meeting central bank interest rate cuts during the Covid-19 pandemic, some moves have slipped initially under the radar. The Bank of Mexico overnight interbank rate had been already cut by 150 basis points since last August. At an emergency Governing Board meeting last Friday, the policy rate was sliced by a […] More

Mexico’s Fifth Central Bank Rate Cut Since Last August

February 13, 2020

The Governing Board of the Mexico has just reduced its overnight interbank interest rate to a 3-year low of 7.0% from 7.25%. Four prior cuts in 2019 were made in August, September, November and December — each by 25 basis points as well. That reverses half of 250 basis points of tightening in 2017-2018. A […] More

More Smoke than Fire

December 20, 2019

A lot of economic data was released on the final day of the final meaningful week of 2019, but the market is settling into yearend mode and showed a muted reaction. The dollar firmed overnight by 0.3% against the euro and Swiss franc but slipped 0.3% relative to sterling. There were dollar upticks of 0.2% […] More

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