Bank of Norway

Bank of Norway

March 20, 2020

the Bank of Norway, which had cut its policy rate to 1.0% from 1.5% on March 12, cut such again on the 19th after an unscheduled meeting to 0.25%, asserting simply that “the situation in the Norwegian economy has continued to worsen” in the past week. The reduction a week ago had been the first […] More

Coronavirus Spreading and Three Central Banks Review Monetary Policy

January 23, 2020

Share prices slumped another 2.8% in China, 1.5% in Hong Kong, 1.0% in Japan, 0.9% in South Korea, and 0.6% in Australia and Singapore as the deadly pneumonia-like disease centered in Asia claimed more victims. Share prices in Europe are so far today down 0.4% in Germany and 0.3% in the U.K. and Switzerland but […] 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

Norges Bank Tightened But Maybe for Last Time

September 19, 2019

Norway has the only central bank in the Group of Ten that’s still raising interest rates. A fourth 25-basis point policy rate hike was engineered today at the Bank of Norway, following earlier such increases in September 2018 and March and June of this year. That said, officials today strongly suggested that this string of […] More

Eight More Central Bank Meetings, a U.S. Current Account Report, and Downgraded Global Growth

September 19, 2019

Dollar movement overnight was mixed, with gains against the Australian dollar, kiwi, sterling, and yuan but losses relative to the yen, Swiss franc, euro, loonie and peso. The 10-year U.S. Treasury and Japanese JGB yields fell three basis points. Their German and British counterparts are respective a basis point higher and a basis point lower. […] More

Bank of Norway Tightens

June 20, 2019

The last of today’s bonanza of central bank policy announcement was the exception to the dovish predisposition of other monetary authorities. The Bank of Norway as expected raised its policy interest rate by 25 basis points to 1.25%. This was the third tightening move following 25-bp increases last September and March but leaves the rate […] 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

Share Prices Down as U.S. and China Exchange Mutually Destructive Tariff Threats

May 9, 2019

It’s crunch time in the U.S.-Sino trade negotiations, and investors are hedging against the worst. The dollar climbed 0.6% against the yuan overnight. The price of Comex gold firmed another 0.2%, while WTI oil slid 0.3% and under $62. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield popped higher after a poorly received Treasury auction yesterday but then […] More

Bank of Norway Tightens

March 21, 2019

The Bank of Norway’s policy interest rate was lifted 25 basis points to 1.0%. Norway is an oil producer and exporter and benefits from the firmer trend lately in that commodity. Growth has been solid, according to a released statement.  Capacity usage is running a bit above normal, and core CPI inflation is somewhat higher […] 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

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