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Somewhat Softer Dollar in Wake of G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Chiefs

March 20, 2017

The dollar slipped overnight by 0.4% against the New Zealand and Australian dollars, 0.2% relative to the euro and sterling, and 0.1% vis-a-vis the Swiss franc. The dollar is unchanged against the loonie and up 0.2% versus the peso and 0.1% against the yen and yuan. The Japanese and Mexican markets are shut for the […] More

Weaker-than-Expected Chinese Data and a Rise in Oil Prices

May 16, 2016

In April, Chinese M2 money grew 12.8% on year, down from 13.4% in March and a recent high of 14.1% in January.  The 12-month increase in industrial production and retail sales slowed to 6.0% and 10.1% from 6.8% and 10.5% in March.  Fixed asset investment in the first four months of 2016 was 10.5% greater […] More

More Good News Than Bad News

November 18, 2014

Japanese Prime Minister Abe has delayed imposition of the planned consumption tax by 18 months to April 2018 and dissolved parliament effective this Friday in preparation for a snap lower house election presumably on December 21.  Abe’s LDP/Komeito coalition was elected in December 2012 to a four-year term.  An election far ahead of schedule invites […] More

Stronger Tone in Equities

February 22, 2013

Stocks in Europe are up 1.4% in Italy, 1.3% in Spain, 1.7% in France, 1.0% in Germany, and 0.8% in Britain.  Share prices rose 0.7% in Japan, 1.1% in New Zealand, 0.8% in Australia, 0.5% in Hong Kong, 0.4% in Indonesia and 0.2% in South Korea, but China’s market fell by 0.5%. The U.S. dollar […] More

Yen Slips Further as Japan Observes Coming of Age Day

January 14, 2013

Press reports over the weekend claiming that the Bank of Japan and government leaders have reached an accord on a change of inflation target sent the yen as low as 89.695 per dollar and 120.155 per euro.  A joint statement will reportedly be released after the monthly meeting of the Bank of Japan Board, unveiling […] More

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