U.S. personal income and spending

Weak Data, More Coronavirus Cases, and Concern Over Trump’s Wish to Delay November’s Election

July 31, 2020

In spite of overnight dollar gains of 0.5% against the Swiss franc, Mexican peso, and New Zealand dollar and a rise of 0.2% relative to the yen and Australian dollar, the U.S. currency suffered through July and seems likely to post its biggest trade-weighted loss in almost ten years. Compared to Thursday’s close, the dollar […] More

Another Record Daily High in New Covid-19 Infections

June 26, 2020

Over the past 24 hours, new coronavirus cases and deaths in the United States rose by 41,735 and 2,491. Total reported U.S. cases moved marginally above 2.5 million, but in a chilling portent of the possible future trend, medical officials believe that outstanding U.S. infections may be as much as ten times greater than the […] More

Month-End Flood of Data Paints May 2020 as Anything But Merry

May 29, 2020

During May, roughly 2.69 new cases of Covid-19 were identified worldwide, and over 133,000 died from the disease. The U.S. share of the total 362,829 identified deaths related to the pandemic remains at 28.5% even though the United States has just 4.3% of the world’s population. The racial protests in Minneapolis have spread to other […] More

ECB Monetary Policy Review and Some Atrocious Economic Data

April 30, 2020

At a scheduled meeting of the European Central Bank Governing Council, officials left key interest rate unchanged (a 0.0% refinancing rate flanked by a -0.5% deposit rate and a 0.25% marginal lending rate). Quantitative stimulus (asset purchases) was not enhanced beyond last month’s parameters. Terms were relaxed on some lending operations, and a new series […] More

Fresh Coronavirus Concerns Hit Share Prices

March 27, 2020

The global tally of identified Covid-19 infections is at 549,430 people and has produced 24,872 deaths thus far. Spain saw its death count jump by 493 in the past day to 4,858 overall. In the U.K., both Prince Charles and Prime Minister John have tested positive. The United States now tops the leader board in […] More

Another Wave of Coronavirus-Related Risk Aversion to End Month of January

January 31, 2020

Near to noontime in New York, the DOW, S&P 500 and Canadian TSE indices shows losses of 1.2%, 1.1%, and 0.9% in North American trading. Earlier, stocks fell 1.9% in Indonesia, 1.4% in South Korea, 0.9% in Malaysia, and 0.5% in Hong Kong and India. China’s market continues to stay shut. In Europe, the British […] More

Trade Talks Back in the Spotlight

September 27, 2019

A number of factors could have made Friday an ugly day in the marketplace — the U.S. and British political crises, weak European and U.S. data, and Japanese disinflation. But instead, the mood has been lifted by the announcement that U.S. and Chinese trade delegations will restart formal talks in Washington on October 10th. Share […] More

Busy Session on Last Business Day of August

August 30, 2019

A heap of economic data have been released, but also the following important geopolitical developments have occurred. A Scottish judge denied a court challenge to block Prime Minister Johnson’s plan to suspend parliament for a couple of weeks and thereby prevent parliament from organizing to prevent a hard Brexit if no deal can be reached. […] More

Lots of Data but Not Much Market Movement as Monthend Approaches

August 30, 2018

The dollar’s down 0.3% against the yen but up 0.2% relative to the loonie, euro, Aussie dollar and Chinese yuan. Ten-year sovereign debt yields have slid back 3 basis points in Germany, 2 bps in the U.S. and 1 basis point in Great Britain, but the 10-year Japanese JGB firmed a basis point. Gold and […] More

Dollar and Equities Strengthening on Final Day of April

April 30, 2018

The dollar shows overnight gains of 0.6% against the kiwi and peso, 0.5% versus the Australian dollar, 0.4% relative to the euro and sterling, and 0.3% vis-a-vis the yen, loonie and Swiss franc. The Japanese and Chinese markets were closed today for Showa Day and Labor Day, respectively. Markets in China will remain shut tomorrow […] More

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