gold and oil prices

September 2020 and Third Quarter in Figures

September 30, 2020

Third-quarter declines in the dollar were for the most part trimmed during the past month. Likewise, the dollar fell in the quarter but generally rose in September. There weren’t any central bank interest rate changes in the quarter in the countries examined here. Ten-year sovereign debt yields fell in September, while net changes between end-2Q […] More

August 2020 in Figures

August 31, 2020

Financial markets in August experienced significant increases in share prices and 10-year sovereign debt yields and a pronounced further decline in the dollar’s external value. Central bank policy interest rates again held steady in the U.K., U.K., Switzerland, euro area and Japan but were lowered in several developing economy countries such as Mexico by 50 […] More

March and First Quarter 2020 in Figures

March 31, 2020

Similar to February, the dollar’s net movements against the euro, yen, and  Swiss franc were an oasis of stability amid the continuing financial market drama elsewhere. For the whole first quarter, the dollar was particularly well-bid against sterling and commodity-sensitive currencies like the Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian dollars. For central bank watchers, March was […] More

January 2020 in Figures

January 31, 2020

The month of January presents another recent example of a time when key dollar pairs against the euro, yen, Swiss franc or sterling hardly moved on balance even as other financial markets underwent big changes. It was a month subjected to big distortions toward the end in the face of China’s rapidly spreading health crisis. […] More

October in Figures

October 31, 2019

The intensification of risk related to U.S.-Sino trade talks and Brexit that happened in September receded partly in October. Monthend came and went without the U.K. leaving the EU either with or without a deal, and sufficient progress in the trade talks forestalled the threat of sharp tariff increases at least for a while. Impeachment […] More

June and the Second Quarter in Figures

June 28, 2019

Although the major central banks did not change their key short-term interest rates in the second quarter, global disinflation and decelerating economic growth depressed expected inflation and fanned speculation that monetary policies will be eased later in 2019. This in turn put downward pressure on long-term interest rates but incentivized share prices to climb. President […] More

February in Figures

February 28, 2019

Sterling and the dollar strengthened during February. Ten-year sovereign debt yields rose slightly more sharply in the month than their counterparts in the other countries featured in the table below, but none of the central bank rates among them were changed. Equities in most of the places continued to recover, although not as much as […] More

Markets Experiencing Most Panic of 2016

February 11, 2016

Ten-year sovereign debt yields fell overnight by 16 basis points in the U.K. and 4 bps in Germany.  The futures indication for the 10-year U.S. Treasury is an 11-basis point yield decline to 1.56%. Gold recorded its greatest daily leap in a year.  It’s up 3.3% on balance at $1,236.27 per troy ounce. West Texas […] More

February in Figures

February 28, 2013

During February, commodity prices and sovereign debt yields fell, while the dollar advanced pretty much across the board.  Three-month deposit rates stayed very low and edged marginally downward in some cases.  Equities rose on balance but not as much as in January.  The biggest stock market increases were in Japan and Switzerland, matching up with […] More

April in Figures

April 30, 2012

Concern about the growth outlook in advanced economies revived in April, dragging share prices and both short- and long-term interest rates somewhat lower.  Gold barely moved on balance, but oil prices closed higher for the month and stayed above the key $100 per barrel level.  The yen strengthened 3.5% against the dollar, which slipped below […] More