ECB

Several Central Banks Hold Scheduled Policy Meetings

January 19, 2017

Central banks in Euroland, Indonesia, Malaysia and Chile hold their first interest rate policy meetings of 2017. The ECB retained a zero percent refinancing rate, flanked by a 0.25% interest on its marginal lending facility and a negative 0.40% deposit rate. Bond buying of EUR 80 billion per month will continue this quarter, followed by […] More

European Central Bank Does Something Unexpected

December 8, 2016

Back last March, the Governing Council had augmented monetary policy easing in several ways, such as cutting the interest rates by 5 bps each in the case of the refinancing rate (now at zero percent) and marginal lending facility (0.25%) as well as the deposit rate by 10 bps to -0.40%. Monthly asset purchases were […] More

ECB Passes on an Opportunity to Augment Stimulus

September 8, 2016

In a show of shock and awe six months ago, the Governing Council reduced its refinancing rate, marginal lending facility rate and deposit rate to zero, 0.25% and negative 0.40%, plus quantitative stimulus was expanded 33% to monthly asset purchases of EUR 80 trillion. Although not universally expected by analysts, some believed and even more […] More

ECB Fails to Ease.. Several Japanese and Chinese Indicators Reported

September 8, 2016

The dollar fell overnight by 0.6% against the Australian dollar, 0.5% relative to the euro, 0.3% versus the Swissie, and 0.1% vis-a-vis the yen, loonie and sterling. The yuan is steady. Share prices around the Pacific Rim fell 0.7% in New Zealand and Australia and 0.3% in Japan but rose 0.6% in Hong Kong. In […] More

People and U.S. Data Making News

July 21, 2016

At the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Texas Senator Ted Cruz shocked the crowd by not endorsing Donald Trump for president and was booed for his disloyalty.  Indiana Governor Mike Pence gave a more effective VP nomination speech than had been expected, but the broad picture is one of tensions within the GOP.  Donald Trump speaks […] More

ECB Review

June 2, 2016

The Governing Council left key interest rates unchanged.  The last changes in March sliced the refinancing rate and marginal lending facility rate by 5 basis points each to zero and 0.25%, respectively, and the deposit rate by 10 basis points to negative 0.40%. A released statement from ECB President Draghi placed the focus on implementing […] More

Central Bank News from Japan as Investors Await ECB Press Conference

June 2, 2016

Bank of Japan Board member Sato spoke sharply in opposition to the current policy stance.  He had voted against negative interest rates earlier this year and is even more convinced now that the strategy of quantitative easing and negative interest rates no matter what in an effort to restore 2% inflation as soon as possible […] More

A Focus on Central Banks, Commodities and China

April 21, 2016

The ECB just announced  decisions from today’s third Governing Council meeting of the year.  No further rate changes were enacted.  At the prior meeting on March 10, the refinancing rate was sliced 5 basis points to 0.0%, the deposit rate was moved 10 basis points more deeply into the red to -0.40%, and the marginal […] More

High-Flying Yen

April 7, 2016

The yen climbed to new highs for the move of 108.02 per dollar and 123.12 per euro.  The yen overnight gained 1.3% on balance against the U.S. currency despite yesterday’s hint from a Ministry of Finance official that intervention is possible.  Today, Prime Minister Abe seemed to undermine that threat, saying that countries should not […] More

Euro Rises on ECB Announcements

March 10, 2016

The ECB Governing Council announced a more aggressive package of stimulants than analysts were expecting. All ECB central bank interest rates including the main refinancing rate were lowered. The size of monthly quantitative asset purchases was increased 33% to EUR 80 billion and will run at least through end-2017. The types of eligible assets in […] More

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