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January in Figures

January 30, 2016

January 2016 was an extremely volatile month in world financial markets.  Oil set the tone, with West Texas Intermediate crude plunging almost 31% in the first three weeks to a low of $26.19 before trimming that loss by more than half.  Beyond mid-month, stock prices in the U.S. were headed for a record January dive. […] More

December and 2015 in Figures

January 4, 2016

Between the end of November and end of December, long-term interest rates rise in Switzerland, Germany, Britain and the United States but fell in Canada and Japan.  Three-month rates adjusted almost fully to the first federal funds rate hike since 2006.  The dollar fell against the euro, yen, Swissie and kiwi but advanced against loonie, […] More

October in Figures

November 1, 2015

In several countries during October, equities recorded the sharpest monthly gains in four years.  Bond yields fell in Japan, Germany and the United States but rose in Britain.  Short-term interest rates fell in the eurozone but were unchanged elsewhere.  Crude oil and gold advanced about 5%.  Naturally the dollar fell against commodity-sensitive currencies.  But the […] More

September and the Third Quarter in Figures

October 1, 2015

The dollar and yen strengthened in September, while equities and commodities fell globally.  Sovereign debt yields dropped sharply in the United States, Britain and Germany but only marginally in Japan, Canada, and Switzerland.  The third quarter equity performance was the worst in several years, and WTI crude oil collapsed 24.2%.  The dollar in 3Q advances sharply […] More

August in Review

September 1, 2015

A possible global bear market in equities took shape increasingly as August unfolded.  Currency markets were dominated by the fall-out of the Chinese yuan devaluation, namely a decline of the dollar against the yen and euro and generally weak commodity-sensitive currencies.  A significant rise of 16 basis points occurred in the 10-year German bund yield, […] More

July in Figures

August 1, 2015

In July, oil plunged slightly more than 20%, sovereign debt yields fell, the dollar strengthened, and equities were volatile.  All the share price indices shown in the table below closed higher, except the Toronto exchange.  But emerging market equities especially in China, had rough going during the months.  Oil was not the only commodity to […] More

June and the Second Quarter in Figures

June 30, 2015

The dollar against currencies in the table below closed mixed both in June and for the second quarter.  Long-term interest rates advanced pretty substantially, but short-term rates barely moved.  Equities had a difficult month, recording the bulk of their declines in the final days of the month, but the performance in the whole quarter was […] More

May in Figures

May 30, 2015

The dollar resumed its uptrend in May following a counter-trend move in April.  An exception was the yuan, which marches to a government-managed beat rather than one set by market forces.  The kiwi was the weakest currency among those charted in this feature.  Long-term interest rates were mixed in May, while short-term rates again barely […] More

March and the First Quarter in Figures

March 31, 2015

Sovereign debt yields fell significantly during the first quarter of 2015.  In Switzerland’s case, so did short-term interest rates.  The dollar extended its rise against the euro, sterling, and commodity-sensitive monies, was steady against the yen and yuan, and fell against the Swiss franc despite a 1.9% rise in March against that currency.  Dollar strength […] More

February in Figures

February 28, 2015

The short month of February lacked a consistent story to tie around different asset market classes.  Share prices appreciated across the board, but the dollar underwent mixed and rather diverse changes ranging from a 3.8% rise against the Swiss franc to a similarly-sized depreciation versus the New Zealand dollar.  U.S. and British long-term interest rates […] More

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