Reserve Bank of Australia

Bigger Risk Appetite of Monday Continues

April 7, 2020

Share prices in Asia closed up 9.0% in India, 4.1% in Singapore, 2.1% in China and Hong Kong, 2.0% in Japan and 1.8% in South Korea and Taiwan. Equity markets so far in Europe show additional gains today of 4.3% in Italy, 4.0% in Germany, 3.1% in France, 3.5% in Spain and 3.0% in the […] More

Australian Interest Rate Cut

March 19, 2020

The Reserve Bank of Australia, which at a scheduled meeting on March 3 had cut its official cash rate by 25 basis points, cut the OCR by an additional 25 bps today to a record low of 0.25%. This move was only part of a multi-pronged package spelled out in a statement. A significant loss […] More

Markets Looking for Action, Not Words, as Virus Spreads

March 3, 2020

Share prices had rallied sharply on Monday amid hopes for an appropriately forceful policy response to counteract the drag from the spreading covid-19 pandemic. The OCED is warning that global growth this year will slow to an 11-year low even if the virus impact is comparatively short-lived and that growth could be as low as […] 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

Fading Hopes of a U.S.-Sino Trade Deal Hammers Share Prices

December 3, 2019

Evidence keeps mounting that a near-term trade deal is slipping away. President Trump denied any deadline and hinted that a phase I agreement will not happen before next year. Angry about the U.S. congress’s resolution of support for Hong Kong protesters and perceived U.S. interference in Chinese domestic affairs on the mainland, Beijing officials reportedly […] More

Higher Bond Yields

November 5, 2019

Ten-year sovereign debt yields advanced by another five basis points overnight in Japan and the United States, by 3 bps in Germany and 1 basis point in Great Britain. The dollar fell 0.4% against the Chinese currency, edging back marginally under 7.0 yuan per dollar. Elsewhere, the dollar advanced 0.4% against the Swiss franc and […] More

Another Australian Interest Rate Cut

October 1, 2019

The dollar overnight advanced 0.7% against the Australian dollar and 0.6% versus the kiwi following news of a third 25-basis point cut since June in the Reserve Bank of Australia’s official cash rate, which now moves to a record low of 0.75%. A statement from that central bank left the door open to even more […] More

Geopolitical Strains, Weak Data, and a Poor Bond Auction as New Quarter Kicks Off

October 1, 2019

As China observes National Day, increasingly violent protests in Hong Kong evoked a Kent State moment as one protester has been shot there. Half a world away, President Trump’s team stepped up its manhunt for the impeachment whistle blower. Britain, too, is convulsed by its own constitutional crisis, ans the Conservative Party prepares for its […] More

Difficult Session for Indian Stocks and the Rupee… Key Vote on Brexit… Florida Watching Dorian Warily

September 3, 2019

The Sensex index of Indian share prices fell 2.1%, its worst daily session of 2019, and the rupee has fallen over 0.5% against the dollar. Investors reacted to a 6-year low in Indian on-year GDP growth and a 15-month low in the economy’s manufacturing purchasing managers index. British MPs in the House of Commons across […] More

Yesterday’s Rebound in Sovereign Debt Yields Trimmed

August 20, 2019

Ten-year sovereign debt yields slipped Tuesday by five basis points in Germany and the United States, three bps in Great Britain and a basis point in Japan. Yields had dropped very sharply earlier in August but staged a rebound yesterday. Without government stimulus, investors fear a continuing global growth slowdown and possibly even a recession. […] More

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