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Good Trade News but Unsettling Covid Developments

June 19, 2020

Share prices got a boost from an overnight report that China will step up purchases of U.S. agricultural goods. This comes after Thursday’s revelation in the Bolton tell-all book that Trump had solicited a boost in Chinese purchases to voter reelection support from the mid-west. Several populous U.S. states like California, Florida, and Texas continue […] More

Disturbing News on Market, Economic, Medical and Social Fronts

April 20, 2020

The price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil collapsed under the weight of exhausted storage capacity and plunging demand. At its overnight low of $11.04 per barrel, the price was down 39% on the day and by more than 80% from its 52-week high. It’s also the lowest since the first quarter of 1999 during […] More

Dollar Down After Fed Expands Currency Swap Network.. Equities Up in Asia and Europe

March 20, 2020

The dollar fell overnight by 2.9% against the Australian dollar, 2.5% relative to the kiwi, 2.2% versus sterling, 2.0% vis-a-vis the loonie, 0.8% against the peso, 0.6% versus the yen and 0.4% relative to the euro and Swiss franc. The swap line arrangement that enables central banks to exchange on a temporary basis their own […] More

Solid Day for the Dollar But Stocks Struggle in Several Markets

February 20, 2020

The euro slid overnight to a 1-year low of $1.0777, and the dollar also hit a 42-week high against the yen of 112.18 and to close to an 11-year peak of 0.6617 per Australian dollar. Sterling fell to $1.2849, a quarterly low, and the yuan weakened 0.4% and past the 7.000 per dollar threshold. The […] More

Little Happening in Markets on this U.S. Holiday

January 20, 2020

U.S. markets will be closed today for Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. In the absence of U.S. leadership, the dollar has been mostly steady, with no net change against the yen, loonie, or peso, overnight upticks of 0.2% against the renminbi, kiwi, Aussie dollar and sterling, a 0.1% relative to the euro and a 0.1% […] More

China Uncertainty Weighing on Stocks

November 20, 2019

For some time now, much of the day-to-day swings in financial market sentiment has been attributed to shifting perceptions about U.S.-Sino trade talks, and oftentimes in the absence of  concrete understanding of how those talks are really progressing. It makes one wonder if the trade talks have been a convenient excuse for explaining away normal […] More

Sterling Hovering Lower around $1.30 Amid Brexit Confusion

October 21, 2019

Saturday’s planned Brexit vote in the House of Commons didn’t happen. Instead, MPs requested that Prime Minister Johnson get another deadline extension from the EU. Boris Johnson sent an unsigned letter to the EU that only complained that an extension would be toxic and now seeks to force a Brexit vote today. No response yet […] More

Big Rise in Indian Share Prices, Marginal Change in China’s 1-Year Loan Rate, and Continuing Strain in U.S. Bank Funding Market

September 20, 2019

India’s stock market shot up 5.3%, its greatest one-day rise in a decade, after an announced cut in the country’s corporate tax rate to 25.75% from 30%. Other stock markets around the world showed only modest net movement and mostly upward in direction. The dollar and 10-year sovereign debt yields likewise remained generally steady overnight. […] More

Yesterday’s Rebound in Sovereign Debt Yields Trimmed

August 20, 2019

Ten-year sovereign debt yields slipped Tuesday by five basis points in Germany and the United States, three bps in Great Britain and a basis point in Japan. Yields had dropped very sharply earlier in August but staged a rebound yesterday. Without government stimulus, investors fear a continuing global growth slowdown and possibly even a recession. […] More

NY Fed President Moves Markets Unwittingly

July 19, 2019

John Williams, President of the NY Fed and a permanent member of the FOMC, gave an academic speech asserting that it’s best for central banks to respond quickly in the face of slower economic growth. Investors took his comment as the clearest sign yet that the federal funds rate will be cut at the FOMC […] More

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