Reserve Bank of Australia

Dollar Gives Back Part of Monday’s Sharp Gain against the Yuan

August 6, 2019

The yuan yesterday had slumped to 7.0525 per dollar, its weakest level since May 2008. In response, the U.S. Treasury released a protest, labeling Beijing a “currency manipulator.” This is the first such designation since 1994. By law, the Treasury reviews the currency policies of foreign governments every six months. The most recent review was […] More

Stronger Dollar

July 16, 2019

The dollar strengthened overnight by 0.9% against sterling, 0.6% relative to the peso, 0.4% versus the euro and Swiss franc, 0.3% vis-a-vis the yen, 0.2% against the Aussie dollar and 0.1% versus the kiwi. In other euro cross-rate developments, sterling weakened to a half-year low against the common currency, but the Swiss franc is hovering […] More

Reserve Bank of Australia Cuts Interest Rate as Expected to New Record Low of 1.0%

July 2, 2019

The Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia engineered a second consecutive 25-basis point reduction of its Official Cash Rate, which now drops to a record low 1.0%. A released statement asserts a readiness to act further if deemed necessary: “The Board will continue to monitor developments in the labor market closely and adjust monetary […] More

Australian Interest Rate Cut and Greater-than-Forecast Inflation Retreat in the Euro Area

June 4, 2019

The dollar is unchanged against the yen, euro, sterling and yuan. The greenback edged marginally higher overnight against the Aussie dollar and kiwi. In other financial market action earlier today, share prices fell almost 1% in China but closed flat in Japan. The German Dax is up 0.8%, while stocks in the U.K. and France […] More

A Focus on Geopolitical Risk

May 7, 2019

U.S.-Sino trade talks are entering the final make-or-break stage. The Chinese delegation is coming to America, but the outcome of this final round of negotiations is much in doubt. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Pompeo abruptly canceled a trip to Germany, citing unspecified pressing matters. This mysterious cancelation raises the possibility of a major event risk […] More

Dollar and Sovereign Debt Yields Up, but Equities Mostly Down

March 5, 2019

Overnight gains in the dollar amount to 0.6% versus sterling, 0.5% relative to the kiwi, 0.4% vis-a-vis the loonie, and 0.3% against the euro, Swiss Franc and Australian dollar. Ten-year sovereign debt yields climbed two basis points in Germany and the United States and a basis point in Japan. Stock markets fell 0.7% in Indonesia, […] More

Decision Day in America

November 6, 2018

Market behavior today has been unremarkable, as investors around the world wait to see which vision of America has prevailed. The dollar has dipped 0.1-0.2% against the euro, Swiss franc, yuan, and Canadian, Aussie and New Zealand dollars. there’s been a 0.3% drop against the peso and sterling but a 0.1% uptick relative to the […] More

Intensifying Concern that Euro Area Is Drifting Into a Fresh Debt Crisis over Italy

October 2, 2018

A quote from European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker set the tone for trading today: “I would not wish that, after having really been able to cope with the Greek crisis, we’ll end up in the same crisis in Italy.” Ten-year sovereign debt yields, while dropping today by 3 basis points in France, Germany, The Netherlands, […] More

Reserve Bank of Australia

July 3, 2018

As was expected, Australia’s Official Cash Rate (OCR) was left at the record low of 1.50% that it has been at since a 25-basis point cut in August 2016. A released statement from Governor Lowe exhibits no near-term possible consideration of raising such. Several risk factors and other justifications are mentioned to keep the status […] More

Australian Monetary Policy Stance Still on Hold

June 5, 2018

The Reserve Bank of Australia’s official cash rate was last changed in August 2016 when it was cut 25 basis points to 1.50%. Each ensuing policy review — done once every month except January — has stuck with that status quo, although the direction of the rate’s next change is more likely to be up […] More

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