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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

May in Figures

May 31, 2016

In May, long-term interest rates fell.  On the monetary policy front, confidence climbed that the Federal funds rate would be raised before much longer, while speculation grew that more stimulus would be forthcoming in Japan and possibly the eurozone.  An appreciation of the dollar and oil prices was balanced by a decline in gold.  Most […] More

April 2016 in Figures

April 30, 2016

The dominant market themes in March had been strong oil and equities, dollar and yen weakness, and modest sovereign debt yield increases.  In April, West Texas Intermediate crude oil extended March’s 13.6% advance with a further leap of 19.8%, but yen strength was the big currency market story.  Ten-year sovereign debt yields rose except for […] More

March and the First Quarter in Figures

April 1, 2016

March was unlike January and February.  Ten-year sovereign bond yields edged a little higher last month but recorded substantial declines in the quarter.  Equities likewise performed well in March, but quarterly changes in share prices ranged from modest gains in the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrials to double-digit net losses in the Japanese and […] More

February in Figures

March 1, 2016

In February, most 10-year sovereign debt  yields fell significantly further.  Short-term money market rates edged up in the United States but fell in the eurozone and Japan.  The dollar rose against sterling but fell, especially relative to the yen, versus other currencies examined in this monthly feature. Equities for the most part lost further ground especially […] More

January in Figures

January 30, 2016

January 2016 was an extremely volatile month in world financial markets.  Oil set the tone, with West Texas Intermediate crude plunging almost 31% in the first three weeks to a low of $26.19 before trimming that loss by more than half.  Beyond mid-month, stock prices in the U.S. were headed for a record January dive. […] More

December and 2015 in Figures

January 4, 2016

Between the end of November and end of December, long-term interest rates rise in Switzerland, Germany, Britain and the United States but fell in Canada and Japan.  Three-month rates adjusted almost fully to the first federal funds rate hike since 2006.  The dollar fell against the euro, yen, Swissie and kiwi but advanced against loonie, […] More

October in Figures

November 1, 2015

In several countries during October, equities recorded the sharpest monthly gains in four years.  Bond yields fell in Japan, Germany and the United States but rose in Britain.  Short-term interest rates fell in the eurozone but were unchanged elsewhere.  Crude oil and gold advanced about 5%.  Naturally the dollar fell against commodity-sensitive currencies.  But the […] More

September and the Third Quarter in Figures

October 1, 2015

The dollar and yen strengthened in September, while equities and commodities fell globally.  Sovereign debt yields dropped sharply in the United States, Britain and Germany but only marginally in Japan, Canada, and Switzerland.  The third quarter equity performance was the worst in several years, and WTI crude oil collapsed 24.2%.  The dollar in 3Q advances sharply […] More

August in Review

September 1, 2015

A possible global bear market in equities took shape increasingly as August unfolded.  Currency markets were dominated by the fall-out of the Chinese yuan devaluation, namely a decline of the dollar against the yen and euro and generally weak commodity-sensitive currencies.  A significant rise of 16 basis points occurred in the 10-year German bund yield, […] More

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