Jay Powell

Policy Support Overriding Covid-19 and Geopolitical Concerns at Least for Now

June 16, 2020

The weakness of stock markets early Monday dramatically reversed direction when the Federal Reserve announced an expansion of its corporate bond purchases. That turnaround extended overnight into trading in the Pacific Rim, where markets closed up 4.9% in Japan, 5.3% in South Korea, 3.9% in Australia, 2.4% in Hong Kong, 2.0% in Singapore, 1.8% in […] More

Equities and Dollar Mostly Firmer

May 21, 2019

Share prices in the Pacific Rim rose 1.2% in China, 0.8% in Indonesia, 0.6% in Taiwan, and 0.4% in Australia, but the Japanese Nikkei closed down 0.1%. stocks in Europe have so far risen today by 1.1% in Germany, 0.8% in the E.K. 0.7% in Italy, 0.6% in France, 0.5% in Switzerland, and 0.3% in […] More

Short-Lived Fed Stockmarket Rally

January 31, 2019

The FOMC’s tightening pause gave a big boost to U.S. stocks yesterday and was augmented by some better-than-expected corporate earnings.¬† But the DOW fell in the first hour of U.S. trading, and share prices have also weakened today in Germany France, and Australia. This contrasts with gains close to 1% in China, Hong Kong and […] More

FOMC Preview

January 30, 2019

The first rule of Federal Reserve chairmen when wearing their communicator-in-chief hat is to do no harm.¬†Chairman Powell failed that test at December’s press conference by placing a very positive spin on U.S. economic trends and appearing not to back away from a baseline expectation that the a couple more interest rate hikes in 2019 […] More

Dollar Down, Stocks Mixed Ahead of Powell’s Speech at Jackson Hole

August 24, 2018

The dollar posted overnight declines of 0.7% against the Aussie currency, 0.5% relative to the Chines yuan, 0.4% against the kiwi, 0.3% vis-a-vis the euro and sterling, 0.2% versus the Mexican peso and Swiss franc and 0.1% relative to the loonie. Share prices in the Pacific Rim rose 0.9% in Japan, 0.5% in South Korea, […] More

Dollar Eases a Tad In Spite of Divergent Reported Data

July 16, 2018

The dollar declined 0.6% against the peso, 0.4% versus the Swiss franc, 0.2% relative to the euro, kiwi, loonie and sterling, and 0.1% vis-a-vis the yuan and Australian dollar. With Japanese markets closed for Marine Day, the dollar remained unchanged against the yen. Stocks in the Pacific Rim declined 0.9% in Singapore, 0.7% in Indonesia, […] More

Softer Bond and Stock Values Ahead of Powell Testimony

February 27, 2018

Monday saw a big U.S. stock market rally, but equities overnight fell in contrast by 1.1% in China, 1.3% in Hong Kong, 0.3% in India, 0.2% in Taiwan and 0.1% in South Korea. In Europe, stocks so far have declined 1.0% in Greece, 0.5% in Switzerland, and 0.3% in Germany. A notable exception to the […] More

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