German current account

Dollar and Sovereign Debt Yields Rise, while Equities Slip Further

October 9, 2018

Markets remain risk averse today. The dollar appreciated 0.4% against the euro, 0.3% versus the loonie, peso and kiwi, 0.2% relative to the Swiss franc, Aussie dollar, and sterling, and 0.1% vis-a-vis the yen. Share prices fell 1.3% in Japan, 1.0% in Australia, 0.7% in New Zealand, 0.6% in Indonesia, and 0.5% in Singapore and […] More

Can’t Trust Mondays

July 9, 2018

Trade disputes haven’t been resolved, but global equities and emerging market currencies have risen with the second quarter earnings season now close at hand. Japan’s Nikkei closed 1.2% stronger, and share prices elsewhere in the Pacific Rim rose by 2.5% in China, 2.0% in Indonesia, 1.7% in Hong Kong, 1.2% in Singapore, 1.1% in Taiwan, […] More

Equity Market Volatility Picks Up

February 8, 2018

It’s been another difficult day for equities. Today’s session started fine enough, with gains of 1.0% in India, 0.5% in South Korea where the Winter Olympics are getting under way, and 0.4% in Hong Kong. These up-moves balanced declines of 0.4% in Japan and 1.4% in China where a considerably smaller trade surplus for January […] More

A Rebound in Sovereign Bond Yields but Softer Stocks and Dollar

November 9, 2017

The dollar fell 0.5% overnight against the yen, 0.3% versus the euro and Swiss franc and 0.1% relative to the loonie. The Australian dollar and sterling are unchanged, and the kiwi, yuan and peso dipped 0.1%. Share prices eased 0.7% in Taiwan, 0.3% in New Zealand and 0.2% in Japan. Equity losses today in Europe […] More

Chinese, Japanese and German Trade Figures Reported Plus Several Second Tier Other Releases

August 8, 2017

China’s $46.74 billion trade surplus in July was the widest since $51.35 billion last January. Japan recorded a JPY 935 billion current account surplus in June, 4.3% less than a year earlier, the the seasonally adjusted surplus rose 8.7% on month to JPY 1.523 trillion. The settlements trade surplus was 32% smaller than a year […] More

Markets Calm Considering What’s Happened

June 9, 2017

Comey’s testimony, in which he basically called Trump a liar and laid out accusations that could be construed as an attempted obstruction of justice, may yet prove very damaging to the Trump Presidency and elicited a fairly rare full six-column headline on page 1 of the New York Times. The Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority […] More

Oil Under $50 and Gold Below $1,200 as U.S. Jobs Report Nears

March 10, 2017

A mixed overnight trading session finds the dollar up 0.4% against the yen and above the 115 level but down 0.3% to 1.0610 per euro. The dollar climbed 0.2% against sterling and 0.1% versus the Swiss franc but lost 0.4% to the peso, 0.2% against the Aussie dollar and 0.1% vis-a-vis the kiwi. The yuan […] More

A Convergence of Bond Yields

February 9, 2017

Ten-year sovereign debt yields fell 6, 5, and 3 basis points in Spain, Italy and France but rose 8 bps in Greece, 2 bps in the U.S. and U.K. and 1 bp in Germany. The dollar advanced 0.7% against the kiwi, which was depressed when the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s policy statement left the […] More

A Second Presidential Debate is the Talk of the Town

October 10, 2016

Holidays are impacting trading this Monday. It’s┬áSports Day in Japan, Chung Yeung Day in Hong Kong, Thanksgiving in Canada, and Columbus Day in the United States. On the other hand, China, whose market was closed all last week for the National Holiday, reopened for business with the yuan marked up 0.5% to a six-year high […] 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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