Japanese trade balance

Focus on Lessening Inflation

October 22, 2014

The latest monthly economic assessment from Japan’s government downgraded its view on consumer prices from “rising moderately” to “rising at a slower tempo recently.”  The overall view of the economy also was downgraded to “is on a moderate recovery, while weakness can be seen recently.” Australian third-quarter consumer price data revealed the smallest quarter-on-quarter rise […] More

Disappointing Economic Data from the Euro Area and Japan

March 21, 2013

Risk appetite is down.  The Cypriot banking crisis continues to fester.  Preliminary Ezone PMI readings for March were troubling.  Japan posted a record customs clearance trade deficit, and its all-industry index fell more than 1% in January.  British retail sales and New Zealand GDP released figures were bright spots, however. Equities in Europe have dropped […] More

Further Weakening of Japanese Yen

October 22, 2012

The dollar has climbed 0.6% against the yen but fallen by 0.4% versus the euro and kiwi, 0.3% against sterling, 0.2% relative to the Swiss franc and 0.1% vis-a-vis the loonie.  The Australian dollar and Chinese yuan are unchanged. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority sold local currency against the U.S. dollar, its first intervention since […] More

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