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April in Figures

April 29, 2017

In April, ten-year sovereign debt yields fell a little more sharply in the United States than other economies, but the dollar was mixed, falling against the euro, sterling, and Swiss franc but not the yen. The dollar advanced solidly against commodity-sensitive currencies, and West Texas Intermediate crude oil slipped back below the $50 per barrel […] More

March and First Quarter in Figures

April 1, 2017

March saw an introspective pause to the market euphoria of the first two months of 2017, but the quarter still experienced a broadly lower dollar and strong stock market gains for the most part, the Japanese Nikkei being a notable exception. Ten-year sovereign debt yields were mixed and resulted in less supportive U.S. premiums at […] More

February in Figures

February 28, 2017

Equities were bid sharply higher in February, and the dollar appreciated mostly. Ten-year sovereign debt yields, which had risen during January, reversed course. Short-term interest rates were steady, and commodity prices climbed. 10-Yr Yield o2/28/17 01/31/17 Chg v End-Jan U.S. 2.38% 2.45% -7 Basis Points Germany 0.20% 0.43% -23 Japan 0.04% 0.07% -3 U.K. 1.15% […] More

January in Figures

January 31, 2017

The slumping dollar was the fulcrum of financial market activity in January. Dollar lows for the month were hit on January 31 against the euro, yen, Swiss franc, Australian dollar and kiwi, and the monthly highs occurred on either the third of second day of the months. From their lows to their highs, the Aussie […] More

November in Figures

November 30, 2016

World financial markets spent most of November grappling with the implications of Donald Trump’s unexpected victory and the Republican Party’s coming control of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government, as well as most state governorships and legislatures. A possible December hike of the federal funds target became a virtual certainty after […] More

October in Figures

November 1, 2016

The dollar rose in October especially versus sterling. Long-term interest rates increased everywhere, not just in the U.S. where monetary policy tightening is expected. The 10-year JGB remained below its target of zero, however. Short-term interest rates edged up marginally. Equities in October were mixed, and both the price of gold and oil slipped about […] More

September and the Third Quarter in Figures

October 1, 2016

Ten-year sovereign debt yields remained very low last quarter. British gilts dropped over a half percentage point for the second consecutive quarter, helped by a halving the Bank of England’s policy interest rate and resumption of quantitative stimulus there. The dollar fell mostly last quarter, but the loss against sterling was trimmed in September. Equities […] More

August in Figures

September 1, 2016

Sovereign debt yields rose in August in most cases, Canada and Britain not included. The dollar and kiwi strengthened slightly. Equities held on to July gains and extended such in several cases. Oil partly recovered, and gold declined. 10-Yr Yield 08/31/16 07/29/16 Chg v End-Jul U.S. 1.57% 1.45% +12 Basis Points Germany -0.07% -0.12% +5 […] More

July in Figures

July 29, 2016

In July, the price of West Texas Intermediate oil plunged more than 10%, the 10-year British gilt yield dived 75 basis points, share prices around the world rallied strongly, and the dollar slipped moderately against a broad spectrum of other currencies. 10-Yr Yield 06/30/16 07/29/16 Chg v End-2Q U.S. 1.48% 1.45% -3 Basis Points Germany […] More

June and the Second Quarter in Figures

June 30, 2016

June and the second quarter were a volatile time in financial markets with mixed results, a few surprises and some odd juxtapositions.  The table below shows end-June levels and their comparisons to end-May and end-second quarter levels.  A unifying theme in both the last month and the spring quarter involved deep declines in sovereign debt […] More

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