gold and oil prices

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