Japanese current account

Significant Further Drop in Sovereign Debt Yields

February 8, 2017

Ten-year sovereign debt yields are down five basis points in Germany, Spain, Italy and the U.K. and by 3 bps in U.S. Treasury futures. The dollar firmed 0.1% against the euro overnight but is otherwise slightly lower, having slipped 0.4% against the yen, 0.3% relative to the Canadian currency and Mexican peso, 0.2% against the […] More

Sinking Dollar

January 12, 2017

President-Elect Trump’s press conference yesterday was contentious and uninformative with regard to coming policy specifics, leaving investors confused, disillusioned and scared. The dollar, which had rallied since the U.S. election, suffered significant overnight losses against advanced and emerging market currencies alike. The greenback lost 1.2% against the yen and peso, 1.0% relative to the kiwi, […] More

Across-the-Board Dollar Strength

October 11, 2016

A well-bid dollar this Tuesday reflects mounting confidence the Fed will soon raise interest rates, a belief that the U.S. economy is sufficiently resilient to handle monetary tightening, and presidential opinion polls indicating a wider lead for Clinton. Dollar strength has been accompanied by share price gains in Europe, softer emerging market stock markets, higher […] More

Lower Yen and Stronger Norwegian Krone as Oil Recovers

May 12, 2016

WTI oil rose 0.9% to a six-month high above $46/barrel after indications of a diminishing supply glut.  Comex gold fell 0.5% overnight. The dollar rebounded 1.4% against the yen.  Norway’s krone advanced 1.1% against the euro.  The dollar climbed 0.6% relative to the Aussie dollar but is narrowly mixed versus sterling, the Swiss franc, the […] More

Weaker British Pound and Russian Ruble

January 12, 2016

The dollar advanced 0.8% against sterling on a disappointing U.K. industrial output report. The dollar is 0.7% stronger against the ruble on a further 0.4% slide in oil prices.  WTI crude petroleum fell another 0.4% to $31.29 per barrel. The dollar is just 0.1% firmer against the yen, showing little reaction to a slew of […] More

Chinese CPI Inflation Fell to 5-Month Low

November 10, 2015

The dollar showed little net change overnight, firming 0.3% against the euro and 0.1% relative to the Swiss franc, falling 0.1% vis-a-vis the loonie, Aussie dollar and sterling, and staying flat versus the yen, kiwi and yuan. Share prices slumped 1.7% in Hong Kong, 1.5% in India, 1.4% in South Korea, 1.1% in Indonesia and […] More

Chinese Equities Rose Nearly 5% Today

August 10, 2015

The Shanghai Composite Index’s 4.9% advance on Monday was powered by merger speculation and set a positive tone for share prices elsewhere.  Stocks climbed 0.6% in Australia and Hong Kong, 0.4% in Japan, and so far have advanced by 2.3% in Greece, 1.1% in Spain, 0.8% in Italy, 0.7% in Switzerland and 0.6% in Germany […] More

Another Ultimatum in the Continuing Greek Standoff

July 8, 2015

Eurozone political leaders set this coming Sunday, July 12, as a final deadline for settling the Greek situation one way or another.  By then, the Greek government must submit their plan of fiscal reforms, and EU leaders will decide if such can be accepted.  Political events such as this game of high brinksmanship are very […] More

A Weaker Dollar

April 8, 2015

The U.S. currency fell overnight by 1.2% against the kiwi, 1.1% relative to the Australian dollar, 0.8% vis-a-vis the loonie, 0.6% versus the Swiss franc, 0.5% against the euro, and 0.4% versus the yen.  The yuan is 0.1% softer. Share prices advanced 3.8% in Hong Kong, 0.8% in in Japan and China, 0.7% in India, […] More

Chinese, Japanese and German Trade Data Reveal Surprises

March 9, 2015

The risk-off trading environment that ensued after U.S. labor statistics were released Friday has continued. Share prices fell 2.1% in India, 1.3% in Indonesia and Australia, 1.0% in Japan and South Korea, and 0.9% in Taiwan.  The Chinese market’s 1.7% rise was an exception, reflecting hints the Premier Li that more stimulus in 2015 is […] More

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