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Deluge of Politics and Economics at Midyear

June 30, 2016

Today’s Brexit bombshell is that the Leave movement’s leader, Boris Johnson, pulled out of the running to be Britain’s next prime minister and the person to decide when to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which guides the unprecedented countdown for exiting the European Union.  Johnson’s decision presumably will further delay what happens from […] More

Typical Deluge of Data as Another Month Ends

May 31, 2016

Market Highlights: The U.S. dollar dropped 1.1% and 0.9% against the Australian and New Zealand dollars on encouraging economic statistics released today. Against other major currencies, the U. S. dollar is narrowly mixed but poised to record a very strong monthly advance. The Shanghai Composite index of Chinese share prices leaped 3.3%.  The cause was […] More

Several Developments Including a New Brexit Poll

May 17, 2016

According to a new British opinion poll that surveyed about 800 people by phone, the margin of people favoring continuing membership in the European Union versus leaving that group has doubled to about 15 percentage points with 55% want to stay and 40% now in support of leaving.  Sterling is 0.6% firmer against the dollar […] More

Profit-Taking Friday

April 15, 2016

Investors were in a more sober mood at week’s end. The dollar fell back 1.0% against the kiwi, 0.7% relative to the won, 0.5% versus the yen, 0.3% vis-a-vis the Aussie dollar and sterling, and 0.2% against the euro.  The loonie and yuan are unchanged. Share prices in Europe are down 0.8% in Switzerland, 0.6% […] More

Chinese Central Bank Reserve Requirement Cut on Leap Year Day

February 29, 2016

The People’s Bank of China lopped another 50 basis points off its deposit reserve requirement ratio to 17.0%.  Five reductions in 2015 had reduced such to 17.5% from 20.0%, but the fifth of these was done five months ago in late October.  This kind of stimulus risks exposing the yuan to greater selling pressure. The […] More

Month Ending with Usual Flurry of Data Reports

November 30, 2015

Overnight dollar movement ranges from declines of 0.9% against the kiwi, 0.6% versus the Aussie dollar, 0.2% relative to the loonie and 0.1% vis-a-vis the Swiss franc to rises of 0.5% against sterling and 0.2% versus the yen and euro. The DJIA has dipped 0.2% so far.  The Ftse is off 0.1%, but the German […] More

Less Risk Aversion than Yesterday

October 15, 2015

Share prices recovered 2.4% in China, 2.1% in Hong Kong, 1.2% in Japan and South Korea, 1.1% in New Zealand and Singapore, 0.9% in India and Taiwan, and 0.% in Australia.  Equities have risen in Europe so far today by 1.7% in Germany and Italy, 1.4% in France, 1.1% in Greece, 0.6% in Spain and […] More

Torrential Data and Continuing High Market Volatility

September 30, 2015

Considerable economic data were released on this final day of the third quarter. Markets await speeches from Fed Chair Janet Yellen and New York Fed District President Dudley.  Share prices rebounded 2.1% in Australia, 1.9% in Hong Kong, 1.5% in India, 1.1% in Indonesia, 2.7% in Japan, 1.0% in South Korea and 0.8% in China. […] More

Lots of Data and Another Drop in China’s Stockmarket

July 30, 2015

The dollar rose overnight by 1.0% against the kiwi, 0.4% versus the yen, Swissie and Australian dollar, and 0.2% relative to the loonie, euro and sterling.  The yuan continues to be held steady, but Chinese stocks slumped 2-3%. in other Pacific Basin markets, equities dropped 1.1% in Singapore, 0.9% in South Korea and 0.6% in […] More

Cornucopia of Data and Central Bank Announcements as April Draws to an End

April 30, 2015

Japan’s Nikkei slumped 2.7% following yesterday’s very weak U.S. GDP followed by an FOMC statement that kept the possibility of a June rate hike alive.  Share prices also fell in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, South Korea, India, and Indonesia.  In Europe, where Moody’s cut Greece’s credit rating further, equities are narrowly mixed. The dollar advanced […] More

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