April in Figures

April 29, 2017

In April, ten-year sovereign debt yields fell a little more sharply in the United States than other economies, but the dollar was mixed, falling against the euro, sterling, and Swiss franc but not the yen. The dollar advanced solidly against commodity-sensitive currencies, and West Texas Intermediate crude oil slipped back below the $50 per barrel […] More

March and First Quarter in Figures

April 1, 2017

March saw an introspective pause to the market euphoria of the first two months of 2017, but the quarter still experienced a broadly lower dollar and strong stock market gains for the most part, the Japanese Nikkei being a notable exception. Ten-year sovereign debt yields were mixed and resulted in less supportive U.S. premiums at […] More

February in Figures

February 28, 2017

Equities were bid sharply higher in February, and the dollar appreciated mostly. Ten-year sovereign debt yields, which had risen during January, reversed course. Short-term interest rates were steady, and commodity prices climbed. 10-Yr Yield o2/28/17 01/31/17 Chg v End-Jan U.S. 2.38% 2.45% -7 Basis Points Germany 0.20% 0.43% -23 Japan 0.04% 0.07% -3 U.K. 1.15% […] More

January in Figures

January 31, 2017

The slumping dollar was the fulcrum of financial market activity in January. Dollar lows for the month were hit on January 31 against the euro, yen, Swiss franc, Australian dollar and kiwi, and the monthly highs occurred on either the third of second day of the months. From their lows to their highs, the Aussie […] More

November in Figures

November 30, 2016

World financial markets spent most of November grappling with the implications of Donald Trump’s unexpected victory and the Republican Party’s coming control of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government, as well as most state governorships and legislatures. A possible December hike of the federal funds target became a virtual certainty after […] More

Optimistic Mood

October 25, 2016

Commodity prices are higher, led by metals. WTI oil and Comex gold climbed 0.6% and 0.5% to $50.84 per barrel and $1,269.80 per ounce. Markets are discounting a higher likelihood of a fed funds hike this year, but investors increasingly believe the U.S. economy can tolerate such action. U.S. political opinion polls continue to indicate […] More

September and the Third Quarter in Figures

October 1, 2016

Ten-year sovereign debt yields remained very low last quarter. British gilts dropped over a half percentage point for the second consecutive quarter, helped by a halving the Bank of England’s policy interest rate and resumption of quantitative stimulus there. The dollar fell mostly last quarter, but the loss against sterling was trimmed in September. Equities […] More

May in Figures

May 31, 2016

In May, long-term interest rates fell.  On the monetary policy front, confidence climbed that the Federal funds rate would be raised before much longer, while speculation grew that more stimulus would be forthcoming in Japan and possibly the eurozone.  An appreciation of the dollar and oil prices was balanced by a decline in gold.  Most […] More

March and the First Quarter in Figures

April 1, 2016

March was unlike January and February.  Ten-year sovereign bond yields edged a little higher last month but recorded substantial declines in the quarter.  Equities likewise performed well in March, but quarterly changes in share prices ranged from modest gains in the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrials to double-digit net losses in the Japanese and […] More

February in Figures

March 1, 2016

In February, most 10-year sovereign debt  yields fell significantly further.  Short-term money market rates edged up in the United States but fell in the eurozone and Japan.  The dollar rose against sterling but fell, especially relative to the yen, versus other currencies examined in this monthly feature. Equities for the most part lost further ground especially […] More