Swedish Riksbank

Swedish Riksbank

July 1, 2020

The Swedish Riksbank repo rate was left unchanged at zero percent. It’s been at that level since a 25-basis point hike last December. In mid-March, however, officials at an unscheduled emergency meeting agree to purchase SEK 300 billion of assets during 2020 and to increase loans to banks. Today, those programs were loosened.  The asset […] More

Stock Markets Open Third Quarter on a Downbeat Despite Higher Factory PMI Readings

July 1, 2020

Share prices fell 0.8% in Japan and show daily losses so far of about 1.5% in Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The British Ftse is 1.1% weaker, and U.S. futures point to a drop at the open. Euroland’s June purchasing managers index printed at a 4-month high of 47.4, which is half a point above […] More

Dollar and Oil Price Down but Stock Markets Mostly Up

April 28, 2020

The dollar fell broadly overnight, with the biggest declines coming against the Mexican peso (1.5%), Norwegian krone (1.4%), and Swedish krona (1.2%). (The Swedish Riksbank released a dovish statement, but the Executive Board did not cut the zero percent repo rate as some had been expecting). The dollar also dropped by 0.6% relative to the […] More

Equity Markets Rise and Dollar Narrowly Mixed

February 12, 2020

Fed Chairman Powell will reprise yesterday’s upbeat Humphrey Hawkins testimony today before the Senate Banking Committee. He characterized the U.S. economy as “in a very good place” and said policy would react to the coronavirus impact only if such proves “persistent and material.” Recent remarks by other Fed officials such as Harker, Daly, and Bullard […] More

Swedish Riksbank Ends Negative Policy Rate Stance

December 19, 2019

The Executive Board of the Swedish Riksbank raised the repo rate to zero  percent from -0.25%. Sweden’s central bank had been the first to experiment with a negative policy interest rate. Last January, such had been raised 25 basis points to -0.25%. A released statement from policymakers said policy remains expansionary. The repo rate is […] More

Thursday Rundown of Overnight News, Data Reports, and Central Bank Decisions

December 19, 2019

President Trump has been impeached by a House of Representatives partisan vote of 229-197. He will get a trial in the senate. Market movements today are mostly unremarkable. Sovereign debt yields are up. Equities are down a bit in Europe but started on an up note in the United States. New Zealand’s stock market rallied […] More

Swedish Repo Rate Kept at -0.25% But Statement More Guarded

September 5, 2019

The Swedish Riksbank kept its repo rate unchanged at minus 0.25% as had been expected. Although forward guidance in the released statement from the Executive Board of the central bank still implies a second rate increase within the next couple of months, official confidence in that path has declined. “However, market rates have fallen substantially […] More

Problems Deepen in Europe But Appetite for Riskier Assets Returns

September 5, 2019

German industrial orders slumped 2.7% in July, almost twice as steeply as forecast. This wiped out June’s recovery and left orders 5.6% below their year earlier level. Demand weakness was broadly based across industrial sectors but more concentrated exports than domestic demand. The construction purchasing managers index in Euroland sank 1.5 points in August, sliding […] More

Unorthodox Appointments, Service Sector PMIs, and an Early Market Close in the United States

July 3, 2019

The dollar recorded scant net change Wednesday aside from 0.6% declines against the Australian and New Zealand dollars. Share prices fell 1.1% in China and 0.5% in Japan but were buoyed  in Europe and the United States by some unexpected key appointments that investors are perceiving as a harbinger of more forceful easy money policies. […] More

Stronger Dollar, Weaker Stocks, and Four Central Bank Meetings

April 25, 2019

The dollar advanced overnight by 0.4% against the yuan and peso, 0.3% relative to the euro, 0.2% versus the Swiss franc, sterling and Australian dollar, and 0.1% vis-a-vis the loonie. One currency against which the dollar fell was the yen, which climbed 0.3%. Share prices dived 2.4% in China to a 3-week low on continuing […] More

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