Japanese CPI

Dollar Continuing to Flourish Amid Coronavirus Concerns

February 21, 2020

The dollar climbed overnight by 0.8% against the peso, 0.3% relative to the Australian and New Zealand dollars and 0.1% versus the Chinese Renminbi. There have been dips of 0.3% against sterling, 0.2% versus the Swiss franc and 0.1% relative to the yen and euro. Dollar strength can be seen against a broad spectrum of […] More

Regional Themes

January 24, 2020

Asian market activity was depressed by Chinese New Year holiday observances. Equity markets were shut in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, South Korea, and Taiwan. That being said, fears and anger related to the coronavirus outbreak have intensified. Some 40 million people in China have been quarantined. In other Asian news, Japanese CPI inflation ended […] More

More Smoke than Fire

December 20, 2019

A lot of economic data was released on the final day of the final meaningful week of 2019, but the market is settling into yearend mode and showed a muted reaction. The dollar firmed overnight by 0.3% against the euro and Swiss franc but slipped 0.3% relative to sterling. There were dollar upticks of 0.2% […] More

Meaningful Data from Abroad and a Paralyzed U.S. Federal Government

November 22, 2019

Today’s main dollar move has been a 0.4% rise against sterling. Provisional U.K. purchasing manager survey results from November revealed surprisingly weaker-than-expected developments. The composite PMI fell 1.5 points to a sub-50 reading of 48.5, lowest since July 2016 or, that is, right after the infamously ill-advised Brexit referendum. Both manufacturing (48.3) and services (48.6) […] More

Brexit Headed for Photo Finnish and a Lot of Chinese Data Released

October 18, 2019

A debate and vote on British Prime Minister Johnson’s deal with the EU is scheduled Saturday. He needs 318 yes votes for approval, and the outcome figures to be very close to that threshold. Johnson needs only a simple majority win. In a more perfectly designed political system of self-governance, a decision with such profound […] 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

Dollar Slightly Firmer as Markets Await Speeches from Powell and Other Central Bankers

August 23, 2019

The dollar climbed overnight by 0.4% against the Swiss franc and sterling and by 0.2% relative to the yen, euro and loonie. It’s unchanged on balance against the yuan but touched a new 11-year intra-day high of 7.0987 against the Chinese yuan. The peso and Australian dollar are unchanged against the greenback, while the kiwi […] 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

Theresa May Stepping Down as U.K. Prime Minister

May 24, 2019

The effective date of Prime Minister May’s resignation is June 7th. Her decision followed an emphatic parliamentary defeat on her last attempt to secure approval of a managed Brexit and EU parliamentary elections. While the exact result of how British voters cast their ballots will not be known for a while, exit polls point to […] More

Getting Down to Crunch Time in Sino-U.S. Trade Talks

February 22, 2019

Stocks fell Thursday on some disappointing U.S. economic data but have rebounded Friday, as investors are choosing to believe that Sino-U.S. trade talks will reach an agreement averting an escalation of the tariff war.  Share prices rose 1.9% in China, 1.2% in Hong Kong, and 0.5% in Australia, and European bourses are up by 0.5% […] More

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