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Modestly Softer Dollar

August 17, 2020

The dollar is 0.2% weaker against the yen, Swiss franc and Australian dollar and has also edged 0.1% lower versus the euro, yuan, and sterling. The price of gold rebounded 0.6%, while that of oil changed little as investors await this week’s OPEC meeting. Markets are shut in India for Independence Day and South Korea […] More

Equities and Commodities Open Week on a Rising Note

May 18, 2020

Share prices in Europe are thus far up 2.4% in the U.K. and France, 2.0% in Spain, 1.4% in Germany and Switzerland, and 1.3% in Italy, and U.S. stock futures also point to a higher open. Earlier today, markets in the Pacific Rim closed down 3.4% in India and 0.7% in Taiwan but up by […] More

Pandemonium on Many Fronts

March 9, 2020

The Covid-19 coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, with cases of about 111,500 so far, deaths of 3,833, and 13% of currently infected patients in serious or critical condition. Restrictions on movement have been tightened, many schools are shut, and riots have broken out in some prisons. The price of oil has plummeted. Brent dropped over […] More

Japanese Sales Tax Hike Hammered Economic Growth Last Quarter

February 17, 2020

The Japanese economy again contracted sharply after a hike in the national sales tax. This is a phenomenon with lots of history. A 3% sales tax was introduced initially in April 1989. Back then, Japan was viewed like China is currently — an up-and-coming economic rival that could soon overtake the United States. The sales […] More

A Dismal Japanese GDP Report, Coronavirus Concerns, and Holidays in the U.S. and Canada

February 17, 2020

The Japanese economy again contracted sharply after a hike in the national sales tax. This is a phenomenon with lots of history. A 3% sales tax was introduced initially in April 1989. Back then, Japan was viewed like China is currently — an up-and-coming economic rival that could soon overtake the United States. The sales […] More

Important Japanese, Euro Area, and Chinese Data Released

November 14, 2019

Japanese real GDP expanded at a lower-than-forecast 0.2% last quarter at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate. It was the weakest quarterly growth rate in a year. Net exports and inventories combined to exert a 1.8 percentage point drag on GDP growth. The GDP price deflator rose 0.6% between the third quarters of 2018 and 2019. […] More

Atypically High Amount of Data Reported This Monday

September 9, 2019

Data releases rather than market action were in today’s spotlight. Japanese real GDP growth last quarter was revised downward by a half percentage point to an annualized 1.3% from the first quarter. Business investment and exports were weaker than estimated initially. Real GDP was 1.0% greater than in the second quarter of 2018, and the […] More

Sterling Weakens on Data

August 9, 2019

The dollar edged down 0.2% against the yen and kiwi, 0.3% versus the peso, and 0.1% relative to the euro, Swiss franc and Canadian dollar on this 45th anniversary of the resignation of former President Nixon. But today’s weakest major currency has been sterling, down 0.6% against the dollar in response to¬† news that British […] More

Two Surprises

May 20, 2019

The new week is greeting investors with two unexpected developments, one political and the other economic. The right-of-center Liberal-National coalition government of Australia was headed for defeat in parliamentary elections according to previous opinion polls but instead defeated its Labour Party opponent. Scott Morrison will remain prime minister, and he campaigned on a promise of […] More

China Leads Overnight Selloff in Stocks

March 8, 2019

Downward pressure on global equities caused by evidence of a slowdown had been building this week but intensified overnight. Share prices in the Pacific Rim plunged 4.4% in China, 2.8% in Hong Kong, 2.0% in Japan, 1.3% in South Korea, 1.2% in Indonesia and Australia, and 1.0% in Singapore. In Europe so far, stocks are […] More

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