Peoples Bank of China

Rise in Dollar and Share Prices

October 12, 2020

The People’s Bank of China over the weekend slashed reserve requirements on foreign exchange deposits to zero percent in a move to counter recent strength in the yuan, which gained 0.8% overnight. The move also buoyed China’s stock market by 2.6%. Other dollar gains overnight amount to 0.7% versus the Mexican peso, 0.4% relative to […] More

Broad Decline in Equities and Strengthening Moves in the Yen and Dollar

September 21, 2020

Japanese markets were closed today for Respect for the Aged Day and will remain so Tuesday for the Autumnal Equinox holiday. Elsewhere in the Pacific Rim, stock markets have dropped 2.3% in India, 2.1% in Hong Kong, 1.2% in Indonesia, and 0.7% in Australia and New Zealand. Selling intensified in Europe, where equities so far […] More

Sharp Equity Declines but Mixed Dollar

August 20, 2020

The U.S. equity market correction triggered by downbeat FOMC minutes┬áreleased yesterday afternoon set the tone for overnight losses in European and Asian markets where bourses tumbled 3.7% in South Korea and 3.3% in Taiwan and by at least 1.0% in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, India, Germany, France, Italy, U.K., and Spain. Indonesia’s market did […] More

Broadly Softer Dollar amid More Hopeful Investor Mood

May 26, 2020

The evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic remains highly uncertain, but investors have chosen hope over fear at least for a day or so. Economies are being reopened at varying speeds, and there has been some encouraging news regarding vaccine development. Released economic data have confirmed improvement in many cases, meaning a slower implosion rather than […] More

Disturbing News on Market, Economic, Medical and Social Fronts

April 20, 2020

The price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil collapsed under the weight of exhausted storage capacity and plunging demand. At its overnight low of $11.04 per barrel, the price was down 39% on the day and by more than 80% from its 52-week high. It’s also the lowest since the first quarter of 1999 during […] More

Pessimism Gaining Upper Hand in Financial Marketplace

April 15, 2020

Projected contractions in real GDP this year embodied in the IMF’s World Economic Outlook would make this the weakest calendar year economic performance since the early 1930s. The Washington-based group foresees activity falling by 3.0% in the world, 5.9% in the United States, 7.5% in Euroland, 6.5% in the U.K., 6.2% in Canada, and 5.2% […] More

Prime Loan Rate Cut in China

February 20, 2020

In response to the coronavirus outbreak in China that slammed economic activity, the central bank there cut its 5-year prime loan rate by five basis points to 4.75% and its one-year prime loan rate by 10 bps to 4.05%. The one year LPR had not been changed since a 5-basis point reduction in November and […] More

Solid Day for the Dollar But Stocks Struggle in Several Markets

February 20, 2020

The euro slid overnight to a 1-year low of $1.0777, and the dollar also hit a 42-week high against the yen of 112.18 and to close to an 11-year peak of 0.6617 per Australian dollar. Sterling fell to $1.2849, a quarterly low, and the yuan weakened 0.4% and past the 7.000 per dollar threshold. The […] More

China’s Central Bank to the Rescue

February 4, 2020

Stock markets around the world rebounded sharply after the People’s Bank of China ease its monetary stance to counter the growth impact of the coronavirus epidemic, where cases now exceed 20k and include over 425 deaths. The PBOC on Monday reverse repo rates by 10 basis points and injected CNY 1.2 trillion of liquidity. That […] More

Dollar Drops Additionally, and Stock Markets Down Too

December 30, 2019

The dollar slid overnight by a further 0.3% against the yen, sterling, Swiss franc and Australian and New Zealand dollars. The dollar also fell 0.2% against the euro and by 0.1% relative to the yuan and loonie. This extends the losses before the weekend on Thursday and Friday. Stock markets in the Pacific Rim weakened […] More

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