Central Bank of Iceland

Another Icelandic Central Bank Rate Cut

November 6, 2019

The Central Bank of Iceland’s 7-day term rate was chopped 25 basis points to 3.0%. Along with earlier reductions of 25 bps in October, August and June and a 50-basis point cut in May, that brings this year’s total decline to 150 basis points. A released statement suggests that the rate may now be appropriately […] More

A Steady Dollar

November 6, 2019

The dollar on balance remains near Tuesday closing levels. Gold is 0.3% firmer. The spate of recent increases in 10-year sovereign debt yields was reversed today with 3-basis point declines in U.S. Treasuries and British gilt yields and a dip of 1 basis point in the 10-year German bund yield. The Japanese 10-year JGB yield, […] More

Sedlabanki Officials Ease Monetary Policy Again

August 28, 2019

The Central Bank of Iceland’s key seven-day interest rate was cut for the fourth time in 2019, following moves in March, May, and June. The 3.50% new rate level is down 125 basis points altogether after today’s latest 25-bp adjustment. In a released statement from the Monetary Policy Council, officials said inflation expectations had eased […] More

Europe in the Spotlight

August 28, 2019

Tense political dramas are happening in the U.K. and Italy this Wednesday. British Prime Minister Johnson, A.K.A. Bojo, requested that Queen Elizabeth suspend parliament for five weeks. This tactic is meant to curtail the maneuvering room of opponents to a hard Brexit from passing a law preventing such. Johnson’s request creates a constitutional crisis. Sterling […] More

Central Bank Rate Cut in Iceland

June 26, 2019

The Central Bank of Iceland’s 7-day term rate has been cut 25 basis points to 3.75% following a 50-basis point reduction at the prior monetary policy review last month. These moves represent a trend reversal from a 25-basis point increase last November.  In a released statement explaining the decision, officials anticipate a contraction of domestic […] More

Central Banks and Weak European Data in the Spotlight

June 26, 2019

The Central Bank of Iceland’s 7-day term rate has been cut 25 basis points to 3.75% following a 50-basis point reduction at the prior monetary policy review last month. These moves represent a trend reversal from a 25-basis point increase last November.  In a released statement explaining the decision, officials anticipate a contraction of domestic […] More

Icelandic Central Bank Rate Cut as Growth is Slowing

May 22, 2019

The Central Bank of Iceland unexpectedly cut its seven-day term deposit rate to 4.0% from 4.5%. This reduction constitutes a double-reversal of trend. Following cuts totaling 125 basis points from May 2017 to October 2017, the central bank rate had been raised by 25 basis points just six months ago amid robust domestic growth. Today’s […] More

Brexit Mess and Central Bank News

May 22, 2019

The latest Brexit proposal from British Prime Minister May was defeated heavily by a parliamentary vote of 432-202. That was a significantly bigger defeat than on her previous attempt. Sterling dropped to a four-month low of $1.2641. The ten-year British gilt yield slid six basis points to 1.02%, but the Ftse-100 avoided the slide experienced […] More

Financial Market News Cycle Headed by FOMC, Brexit, and U.S./Sino Trade Talks

March 20, 2019

Today’s FOMC announcement at 14:00 EDT (18:00 GMT) will be accompanied by updated forecasts and followed at 14:30 by Chairman Powell’s press conference. Analysts look for scaled-back growth and inflation forecasts, fewer interest rate hikes this year than indicated earlier, and a stop in quantitative tightening. British Prime Minister May is asking for a 3-month […] More

Aussie Dollar Down More than 1% Overnight

February 6, 2019

An overnight speech by Bank of Governor Lowe, not Donald Trump’s delayed State of the Union address, stole the currency market spotlight today. Forward guidance from the Reserve Bank of Australia had for some time pointed to an eventual interest rate increase, but Lowe said that in line with shifting economic data and changing global […] More

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