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The Wrath of Nature and North Korea Sends Markets into a Tizzy

August 29, 2017

So much for North Korean restraint in the face of Trump’s threat of “fire and fury” against that regime. North Korea fired a missile last night that sailed over Japan, seemingly calling the U.S. president’s bluff to prove how tough he can be. Meanwhile, Harvey continues to batter the Texas coast and is forecast to […] More

Market Churning and in Search of New Direction

July 27, 2017

A mixed day for the dollar this Thursday with a rebound of 1.1% against the Swiss franc and 0.3% relative to the euro and loonie. The dollar also edged up 0.1% versus the peso, yen and kiwi but has lost 0.2% against the yuan and 0.1% versus sterling. Stocks advanced 0.9% in Taiwan, 0.8% in […] More

Wait and See Market Mood

March 23, 2017

After stocks sold off earlier this week, there’s been a pause this Thursday, as investors await the U.S. House of Representatives vote on the Republican Insurance Policy and the scheduled public comments of Fed Chair Yellen and Minneapolis Fed District President Kashkari, who dissented from this month’s federal funds rate hike. Wednesday’s terrorist act in London […] More

Greek Talks Looking Grim

June 25, 2015

Daybreak on Thursday brings news of an ultimatum to the Tsipras government from its Troika of creditors, not the breakthrough that investors had been hoping to hear.  The deadline has already passed.  Final decision now moves on to eurozone finance ministers, who meet later this day, but the outlook for a deal does not appear […] More

Weaker-than-Expected PMIs and a Market-Moving Comment from John McDermott

April 23, 2015

The kiwi slumped 1.4% after Reserve Bank of New Zealand Assistant Governor McDermott said that policymakers are not currently contemplating a further rise in the official cash rate. Otherwise the U.S. currency fell overnight by 0.6% against the Swiss franc and 0.1% versus the euro but rose by 0.4% relative to the Australian dollar, 0.2% […] More

Dollar’s Recent Gains Trimmed

August 27, 2014

The dollar has declined overnight by 0.5% against the Canadian and New Zealand dollars, 0.4% versus the Aussie dollar, 0.2% relative to sterling and the Swiss franc and 0.1% vis-a-vis the yuan, yen and euro. While not a big day for scheduled data reports and despite an open-ended ceasefire agreed in Gaza, minor European confidence […] More

Mixed Results from Second-Tier Data

September 25, 2013

A generally quiet day so far.  The dollar has gained against commodity-sensitive currencies, rising 0.7% against the kiwi, 0.4% versus the Australian dollar and 0.2% relative to the loonie.  The U.S. currency is unchanged against the Chinese yuan but down 0.2% versus the euro, Swissie, yen and sterling. Share prices advanced 1.2% in New Zealand […] More

A Mixed Bag of Overnight News

August 28, 2012

ECB President Draghi will not be attending the Jackson Hole Symposium.  He was previously scheduled to speak on Saturday.  The announcement creates more uncertainty about what the Governing Council will decide regarding support for Italian and Spanish bonds.  Investors will have to wait until the next meeting on September 6, still ten days away. Japan’s […] More

Spanish Glue

June 26, 2012

Spain’s problems look increasingly sticky.  Moody’s downgraded the rating of 28 Spanish banks, and Spanish T-bill auction results produced worse results on dampened expectations of a productive EU summit at the end of this week.  The 2.36% yield on the 3-month paper sold by the government was 1.5 percentage points higher than at the May […] More

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