Brexit

Stronger Dollar

July 16, 2019

The dollar strengthened overnight by 0.9% against sterling, 0.6% relative to the peso, 0.4% versus the euro and Swiss franc, 0.3% vis-a-vis the yen, 0.2% against the Aussie dollar and 0.1% versus the kiwi. In other euro cross-rate developments, sterling weakened to a half-year low against the common currency, but the Swiss franc is hovering […] More

Stronger Dollar, Flat U.S. Share Prices and Lower Commodity Prices

April 11, 2019

Compared to Wednesday’s closing, the dollar has strengthened 0.6% against the Aussie dollar, 0.5% versus the kiwi, 0.4% relative to the yen and loonie, 0.2% vis-a-vis sterling and 0.1% against the euro and yuan. Share prices overnight fell in China, Hong Kong and Australia¬† but rose in Europe. The DOW initially rose but now shows […] More

ECB Left Policy Unchanged, and Now Investors Await FOMC Minutes

April 10, 2019

At noontime in NY, the dollar was trading at Tuesday’s closing level against the euro and loonie but had drifted lower by 0.4% against the Australian dollar, 0.3% relative to sterling, and 0.2% vis-a-vis the yen and kiwi. The dollar is down more sharply against the peso but up 0.2% versus the Swiss franc and […] More

Brexit and Tariff Man Leading the Overnight News

April 9, 2019

A decision is needed tomorrow on whether and how long to grant Britain another extension on Brexit talks. In the meantime, Prime Minister May today will be holding talks with her German and French counterparts. She wants a short extension to June 30th but seems no closer to forging a parliamentary coalition behind any plan. […] More

Jobs Day in America

April 5, 2019

The dollar marked time overnight as investors await today’s release of U.S. March labor market data. The dollar slipped 0.2% against the euro but moved even less on balance against other key currencies. The price of gold, $1,294.10 per ounce, also is unchanged from Thursday’s close. U.S. employment growth in the prior two months was […] More

Quarter-End Finds Focus on Brexit, Sino-U.S. Trade Talks and a Data Shower

March 29, 2019

Today was to have been Brexit Day, but it appears the Prime Minister May’s plan will be defeated in parliament for a third time. More confusion ahead. The United States and Chinese trade talks haven’t yet sealed a deal, but one seems to be getting a lot closer. Many pundits on such matters doubt it […] More

Weaker Turkish, South African and British Currencies

March 28, 2019

The Turkish lira slumped 5% against the dollar overnight when Turkish reserves data showed a large drop from previous intervention to support that currency. Still no word from the South African Reserve Bank’s monetary policy review, but analysts aren’t anticipating a rate hike. However, there is concern ahead of Moody’s sovereign debt call on South […] More

Share Prices and Sovereign Debt Yields Rebound… Brexit Situation Remains Muddled

March 26, 2019

In futures trading, the 10-year treasury yield rose five basis points to 2.44%. The 10-year German bund and Japanese JGB yield firmed two bps, while their British counterpart is 3 basis points firmer. Share prices rebounded 2.2% in Japan, 1.1% in India, 0.9% in Indonesia, 0.8% in Taiwanand 0.6% in Singapore. European equity markets are […] More

A Fresh Wave of Risk Aversion

March 22, 2019

There’s been a big move into safe assets, reflecting three developments since Wednesday: The Fed’s decision was more dovish than expected, putting interest rate normalization on hold for all of 2019 and ending the balance sheet rundown after September. EU leaders put Britain on a short leash to decide on its Brexit plan. While March […] More

More Brexit Confusion, Brighter Data, and an FOMC Meeting

March 19, 2019

The dollar stayed in neutral gear overnight, dipping 0.1% against the euro, sterling, and kiwi, holding flat relative to the yen, yuan and Swiss franc, and nudging up 0.1% vis-a-vis the Aussie dollar. Slightly bigger dollar dips occurred of 0.4% relative to the loonie and 0.2% versus the Mexican peso. Asian stock markets likewise didn’t […] More

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