foreign exchange

October in Figures

November 1, 2018

October was a¬†broadly strong month for the dollar but a bad one for global equities. Monetary policy rates did not change this past month in the U.S., Euroland, Japan, Great Britain or Switzerland, but 10-year sovereign debt yields rose in North America while falling in Europe, and staying unchanged in Japan. The price of West […] More

August in Figures

August 31, 2018

Many stock markets performed well in August as such had in July. Exceptions were those in the U.K., Switzerland, and Canada. The yen and Swiss franc rose against the dollar, which otherwise advanced against the other currencies examined in this monthly feature. The dollar also strengthened 33% against the Turkish lira during August. The Bank […] More

Softer Dollar and Share Prices

July 25, 2018

The dollar fell 0.8% overnight against the peso and 0.5% versus the yuan, and it has slipped 0.3% against the loonie, 0.1% vis-a-vis the Australian dollar, and 0.2% relative to the yen, euro, Swiss franc, kiwi, and sterling. Share price losses amount to 0.3% in Taiwan and South Korea, 0.8% in the U.K., 0.6% in […] More

A Sharp Increase in European Long-Term Sovereign Debt Yields

June 6, 2018

Ten-year sovereign debt yields have recorded daily increases of 9 basis points in Italy and France, 8 bps in The Netherlands, 7 bps in Germany and Greece, 6 bps in Switzerland and the U.K., 5 bps in Spain and 4 basis points in Portugal. Yields in North America are up 4 bps in Canada and […] More

March and First Quarter 2018 in Figures

March 31, 2018

March was a difficult month for equities, largely because of Fed tightening, U.S.-inspired geopolitical uncertainty, and trade war fears. Nevertheless, U.S. share price losses in the first quarter of 2018 were generally smaller than declines recorded in other countries. Despite higher short-term interest rates during March especially in the United States and Great Britain, year-to-date […] More

February in Figures

February 28, 2018

February was unlike January. The dollar had declined across the board in the first month of 2018, but declined, except against the yen, during February. Likewise, share prices performed well in January but experienced a difficult February, including the biggest U.S. monthly drop in just over two years. Stocks were spooked by speculation that the […] More

Weaker Dollar This Monday

February 26, 2018

The U.S. and Canadian dollars fell overnight by 0.5% against the yuan, kiwi, and sterling, 0.3% relative to the euro and Australian dollar, 0.2% versus the Swiss franc and 0.1% vis-a-vis the yen. The dollar also lost ground against several emerging market currencies. It’s 0.8% softer, for instance, against the Russian ruble. February 26th happens […] More

Dollar Lifts as U.S. Markets Reopen

January 16, 2018

Following the three-day U.S. holiday weekend, the dollar has recovered 0.4% against the kiwi, 0.3% versus the euro and sterling, 0.2% relative to the yen and Aussie dollar and 0.1% against the Swiss franc. The loonie and yuan are unchanged, and the peso advanced another 0.4%. Share prices rose 1.8% in Hong Kong, 1.0% in […] More

Market Eyes U.S. Tax Bill

December 19, 2017

President Trump’s signing of a broad tax bill appears fairly imminent. The House of Representatives will vote on the bill today; passage is assured. A senate partisan vote, where Republicans hold a narrower majority, could occur late today and most likely no later than Wednesday. Equities in Asia mostly advanced overnight after a strong U.S. […] More

Strong U.S., Japanese, Chinese, French and Canadian Data Reported and Brexit Talks Take a Step Forward

December 8, 2017

There have been some impressive stock market advances overnight in Asia (Japan 1.4%, Hong Kong 1.7%, Singapore 1.1%, and India 0.9) and Europe (Italy 1.3%, Germany 0.9%, Spain 0.8% and the U.K. 0.7%). The S&P is 0.4% firmer in early U.S. trading. The dollar is closing out the week on a high note, having risen […] More

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