National Bank of Serbia

Covid Risk and Political Uncertainty on the Market’s Mind

July 9, 2020

The global count of Covid-19 cases rose 216 thousand in the past 24 hours to roughly 12.2 million. In that span, there was a record 62 thousand rise in U.S. reported cases, even as President Trump threatened repercussions to school districts that do not reopen in the fall. The Covid death count stands just above […] More

Serbia’s Central Bank Rate Cut 25 Basis points Further

June 11, 2020

The National Bank of Serbia Executive Board reduced its policy interest rate to a 9-year low of 1.25% from 1.50%. This easing follows cuts of 50 basis points in March and 25 bps in April. In a statement, officials believe that April marked the worst month for its economy and cite ” an environment of […] More

Disconnection Thursday Between Recessionary Data and Buoyant Stocks

May 7, 2020

Equities were mixed in Asia but have risen more impressively in Europe this morning. There were drops of 0.8% in India, 0.7% in Hong Kong and 0.2% in China but advances of 0.6% in Taiwan, 0.3% in Japan and 0.5% in New Zealand. The British Ftse, German Dax, and Paris Cac each have risen at […] More

Rate Cut in Serbia

April 9, 2020

The National Bank of Serbia’s policy rate was sliced by 25 basis points today to 1.5%. Previous cuts were engineered of 50 basis points in March and 25 bps each in July, August and  November of 2019. “Indicators from the international environment signal that the negative effects of the virus on global economic growth are […] More

Improved Prospects for an Oil Production Agreement Sends Price Higher

April 9, 2020

West Texas Intermediate crude oil rose 3.9%. Optimism is growing that Saudi Arabia and Russia will end their dispute over production cuts. Elsewhere among commodities, the price of gold advanced 1.5% overnight and is above $1,700 per ounce. Markets are gliding into the long Good Friday/Easter holiday. Mexico, New Zealand and Norway were shut this […] More

Central Bank Rate Cut of 50 Basis Points in Serbia

March 12, 2020

The National Bank of Serbia’s key policy rate was cut 50 basis points to 1.75% earlier today. A statement from the central bank’s Executive Board justifies the reduction as a “timely and adequate response to heightened uncertainty in the international environment triggered by the spread of Covid-19” and observes that several influential central banks like […] More

Coronavirus Takes Turn for the Worse, and British Cabinet Reshuffled Significantly

February 13, 2020

Thursday has been a difficult day in world financial markets, absorbing the news of an exponential increase in suspected coronavirus cases, as well as the unexpected quitting of British Chancellor of the Exchequer Javid and departure of several other members of Prime Minister Johnson’s cabinet. Share prices tumbled 1.6% in Great Britain, 1.2% in Spain, […] More

Many Data Releases… Stock Prices Up

January 9, 2020

A mixed dollar overnight leaves the U.S. currency unchanged against the euro, up 0.5% versus the kiwi, 0.4% relative to sterling, 0.3% vis-a-vis the yen, 0.2% against the loonie and 0.1% versus the Aussie dollar but down 0.2% against the yuan and peso and 0.1% softer versus the Swiss franc. Share prices advanced 2.3% in […] More

British Election Lifts Sterling… U.S.-Sino Phase I Progress Boosts Stocks

December 13, 2019

Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party won 365 parliamentary seats, clearing the majority threshold by 39 seats. The Conservatives won 43.6% of the votes to Labour’s 32.2% share. Sterling in response catapulted to an 18-month high of $1.3515 but has settled back to a still impressive 1.3% net overnight advance against the dollar. The greenback also touched […] More

Serbian Central Bank Rate Cut

November 7, 2019

the National Bank of Serbia’s executive board did make a change in its policy rate, cutting such by 25 basis points to 2.25%. This is the third such cut since July. A statement of explanation cites weakening inflationary pressure and the easing actions of other central banks but asserts that Serbian domestic macroeconomic indicators continue […] More

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