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Lower Bond Yields, Mixed Dollar and Softer Equities in Face of Relentless Covid

November 12, 2020

Covid cases in the last 24 hours exceeded 600k and 140k globally and in the United States. Global and U.S. deaths from the illness over the past two days averaged more than 10k and 1.45k per day. While vaccine development seems to be making good progress, a new worry is that Covid’s ability to mutate […] More

Dollar and Share Prices Mixed

August 12, 2020

The dollar rose overnight by 0.6% against the kiwi, 0.4% versus the Japanese yen and 0.2% relative to sterling and the Australian dollar but also fell 0.3% against the euro, 0.4% versus the Swiss franc and 0.1% vis-a-vis the loonie. Share prices dropped 1.2% in New Zealand, 0.9% in Taiwan and 0.6% in China, advanced […] More

Politicians Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and Investors Lack Confidence that the Right Choices Will Be Made

May 13, 2020

Investors are concerned about the grim warnings from medical experts yesterday about the dangers of reopening business prematurely and without a plan for dealing with localized flare-ups of the pandemic. Hong Kong reported a new case after weeks without one. At the same time, frightening data continue to be reported, and worries are mounting that […] 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

Active Day for Markets In Spite of Holidays

November 11, 2019

Equity markets are open despite today’s observance of Veterans Day in the United States, Remembrance Day in Canada and Armistice Day in France, which observes the 101st anniversary of the end of World War I. Investors are reacting to some meaningful data and other developments. Street protests in Hong Kong turned more violent, sending the […] More

Sterling Weakens on Data

August 9, 2019

The dollar edged down 0.2% against the yen and kiwi, 0.3% versus the peso, and 0.1% relative to the euro, Swiss franc and Canadian dollar on this 45th anniversary of the resignation of former President Nixon. But today’s weakest major currency has been sterling, down 0.6% against the dollar in response to¬† news that British […] More

Share Prices End Week with a Thump

November 9, 2018

Equities today lost 2.6% in Hong Kong, 2.0% in Australia, 1.7% in India, 1.4% in China, 1.2% in Taiwan, 1.3% in New Zealand, and 1.1% in Japan. Share prices in key European markets are down 1.3% in Italy, 1.0% in Spain and Britain, 0.9% in France, and 0.6% in Switzerland and Germany. Oil has fallen […] More

More Volatile Global Markets as Concern Mounts about Turkey

August 10, 2018

Turkey commands the spotlight of global financial markets this Friday. Talks broke down between the U.S. and Turkey over the latter’s continuing detention of an American evangelical pastor, which has prompted economic sanctions by the United States on an economy already gripped with upward spiraling inflation and a central bank interest rate near 18%. The […] More

Little Market Reaction to Trump’s Decision to Call Off Summit with Kim

May 25, 2018

Markets have taken President Trump’s decision not to meet Jung Un Kim in Singapore on June 12 surprisingly calmly. North Korean official did not escalate the disagreement, indicating instead a continuing interest for Trump and Kim to meet. The biggest market developments the Friday have been A 1.8% drop in WTI crude oil to $69.46 […] More

Dollar and Stocks Lower amid Some Softer European Data

February 22, 2018

The dollar dropped overnight by 0.5% against the yen, 0.3% relative to the peso and 0.1% vis-a-vis the Swiss franc, kiwi and Aussie dollar. The dollar firmed 0.2% relative to sterling and 0.1% versus the euro and is unchanged against the loonie. China reopened following the extended Lunar New Year holiday celebration. The yuan rose […] More

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