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Big Day for Central Bank Policy Meetings

March 16, 2017

On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve increased its target fed funds rate band by 25 basis points to 0.75-1.0%. Although meeting expectations, remarks by Chair Yellen proved more dovish than expected. Policymakers envisage the same number of rate increases this year and next as they did back in December. On the central banking front today, The […] More

Monday Night Massacre, Lots of Released Data, and a BOJ Meeting

January 31, 2017

President Trump sacked Acting Attorney General Sally Yates late last night, who had refused to enforce his selective immigration ban, and replaced her with Dana Boente. The firing stirred recollections of Nixon firing of Eliot Richardson and Bill Ruckelshaus when they wouldn’t fire Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox in October 1973. In other U.S. political […] More

First the BOJ and Now onto the Fed

September 21, 2016

The Bank of Japan Board reconfigured its monetary policy framework, switching the policy’s anchor from quantitative stimulus with a negative marginal policy deposit rate to an orientation that aims to manipulate the yield curve, making such slope upward, and to raise expected inflation through plans to overshoot the inflation target. Details of the new approach are […] More

Awaiting News from the Bank of Japan and FOMC

September 20, 2016

Monetary policymakers in Japan and the United States are holding two-day meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday. The BOJ decision will hit the wires around 04:00 GMT tomorrow. The FOMC statement is scheduled for 18:00 GMT on Wednesday. Neither meeting’s outcome is obvious. The BOJ is conducting an atypical full assessment of its policy stance, considering […] More

Plenty of Disappointment to Go Around

July 29, 2016

Second quarter U.S. GDP growth of 1.2% was only about half as much as forecast, due mainly to a big drag from inventories. Canadian GDP sank 0.6% in May as industrial production there plunged 3.7% on month. The Bank of Japan produced less stimulus than hoped, limiting its action to an increase of EFT buying […] More

Eroded Confidence in Central Banks

June 16, 2016

The yen leaped as high as 103.55 per dollar from 105.95 at the Wednesday close following the Bank of Japan’s decision not to change policy settings at its June meeting.  The Nikkei tumbled 3.1% to 15,434, and the 10-year JGB yield is at -0.21%. Investors were bummed out by Janet Yellen’s press conference yesterday.  While […] More

Investors Shocked by BOJ’s Decision Not to Ease Policy Further

April 28, 2016

The yen climbed 2.6% against both the dollar and euro, the Japanese Nikkei plunged 3.6%, and the 10-year JGB yield fell 3 basis points to -0.09%. The dollar otherwise fell 1.2% against the kiwi and is down 0.3% relative to the loonie, Swissie, yuan, Aussie dollar and sterling.  EUR/USD is flat. In other equity news, […] More

High-Flying Yen

April 7, 2016

The yen climbed to new highs for the move of 108.02 per dollar and 123.12 per euro.  The yen overnight gained 1.3% on balance against the U.S. currency despite yesterday’s hint from a Ministry of Finance official that intervention is possible.  Today, Prime Minister Abe seemed to undermine that threat, saying that countries should not […] More

Mostly Firmer Dollar as Markets Eye U.S. Primaries and Upcoming FOMC and BOJ Meetings

March 14, 2016

There’s been a 12.7% devaluation of the Egyptian pound.  The U.S. currency has risen against a wide array of other emerging market currencies, too, as investors upgrade the probability of further Fed tightening before midyear. The dollar shows gains of 0.6% against the kiwi, 0.5% versus the Swiss franc and loonie, 0.4% vis-a-vis the euro, […] More

Markets Confused and Fearful about the Coming Year

December 18, 2015

Noontime in New York finds U.S. equities down over 1.0%, the ten-year Treasury yield off two basis points, and the dollar depressed by 1.3% against the yen, 1.0% versus the Aussie dollar, 0.8% relative to the kiwi, 0.5% against the loonie, 0.4% vis-a-vis the euro and 0.1% against sterling. Share prices fell 1.9% in Japan […] More

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