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Stock Prices Heading South

September 11, 2018

Fears that the Sino-U.S. trade war is about to escalate sharply weighed on global stock markets. Another concern is Hurricane Florence, a category 4 storm in the Atlantic that’s headed for landfall in the Carolinas sometime around Friday. Over 1 million people are fleeing their homes. Today is the 17th anniversary of the Al Qaeda […] More

Continuing Stock Market Jitters

February 9, 2018

Equities lost 4.1% in China, 3.6% in Hong Kong, 2.3% in Japan, 1.8% in South Korea. They are down 0.9% in France and 0.7% in the U.K. and Germany. After yesterday’s second 1000+ point daily drop of this week, the DOW initially rose today but now shows a decline of nearly 200 points. It’s taken […] More

Global Equities and Sovereign Debt Prices Drop Further

November 10, 2017

Share prices around the Pacific Rim declined 0.8% (or 187 points) in Japan, 0.7% in New Zealand, and 0.3% in Australia, South Korea and Indonesia. European markets are down 0.8% in Greece, 0.4% in Spain, and 0.3% in the U.K., France and Switzerland, but the German Dax and Milan exchange are unchanged. A narrowly mixed […] More

Sterling Down on Stalemated Brexit Talks

October 12, 2017

A fifth round of Brexit talks between the U.K. and EU failed to make progress settling the matter of Britain’s debt to the common currency, and without such the EU won’t discuss Britain’s future relationship with Continental Europe. Sterling fell 0.6% against the euro and dollar overnight. Sentiment toward the euro was buoyed by the […] More

Another U.S. Gaffe Lifts Euro to a 6-Month High

May 16, 2017

President Trump is alleged to have┬ádivulged elements of classified information regarding a terrorist plot to the Russians. He claims to have broken no law in doing so, but the optics surrounding this incident compound an already very toxic climate in U.S. politics. The dollar fell overnight by 0.7% against the euro (to a half-year low), […] More

Renewed Pressure on Ezone Peripheral Sovereign Debt

February 10, 2017

The dollar rose on speculation that details of growth-supporting U.S. tax reform will be unveiled within a couple of weeks. The U.S. currency rose 0.3% against the yen, euro and sterling, 0.2% relative to the Swiss franc and 0.1% vis-a-vis the Australian dollar and Chinese yuan. The Mexican peso recovered 0.3% following a 50-basis point […] More

Investors Ponder What the Changes Will Bring

November 11, 2016

The post-election rally of equities hit a bump overnight. Stocks fell 2.5% in India, 4.0% in Indonesia, 1.9% in Hong Kong, 0.7% in Singapore but rose 0.8% in China and Australia. Japan’s Nikkei edged up 0.2% following a huge run-up on Thursday. European share prices are down 1.1% in the U.K., 0.8% in France, 0.9% […] More

Markets Moved Sharply by Politics and the Comments of Officials

July 12, 2016

Three developments cheered markets, which chose to look at good developments rather than the still-tense racial tensions in the United States: Pieces are falling quickly into place for the U.K. to get a new prime minister, Theresa May. In parliamentary testimony, Bank of England Governor Carney hinted that more stimulus will be forthcoming to counter […] More

Equities Still on the Ropes as U.S. Observes MLK Day

January 18, 2016

U.S. markets will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 87th birthday. Share prices in the Pacific Rim fell 1.4% in Singapore, 1.1% in Japan, New Zealand and India, 1.0% in Hong Kong and 0.7% in Australia.  The stock markets in Greece, Italy and Spain show losses thus far today of 5.8%, 1.6% […] More

Dollar Firms and Share Price Retreat Extended

November 13, 2015

Investors are quite confident that the Fed will raise the federal funds rate next month and that the ECB will ease policy, including a possible deposit rate cut.  The confidence rests not only on U.S. data but on more uniform signals from Fed official comments favoring a rate hike before yearend. The dollar climbed overnight […] More

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