U.S. small business sentiment

Safe Haven Assets in Lessening Demand

September 10, 2019

Some of the recent uncertainties for investors seem somewhat less anxiety-provoking. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson seems to now be intent on working out a Brexit deal with the EU instead of a no-deal exit. Reports have surfaced that the Merkel government in Germany is considering a relaxation of its rigid insistence on balancing the […] More

Dead Cat Bounce

May 14, 2019

The escalation of trade war hostilities between the U.S. and China rattled global financial markets significantly yesterday, but today’s mood has been more encouraging. Share prices in Europe are up so far by 1.2% in France, 1.0% in the U.K. and Italy, and 0.9% in Germany. In Asia, equities fell 1.8% in Hong Kong, which […] More

Sterling Takes a Hit… Brexit Not Going Well

March 12, 2019

Sterling depreciated 0.9% overnight against the dollar, which is otherwise down 0.2% against the yuan and Swiss franc and by 0.1% vis-a-vis the euro and kiwi. The dollar is also unchanged relative to the yen, loonie, Australian dollar and Mexican peso. Prime Minister May’s attorney general said changes in the handling of the Irish border […] More

Dollar and Sovereign Debt Yields Rise, while Equities Slip Further

October 9, 2018

Markets remain risk averse today. The dollar appreciated 0.4% against the euro, 0.3% versus the loonie, peso and kiwi, 0.2% relative to the Swiss franc, Aussie dollar, and sterling, and 0.1% vis-a-vis the yen. Share prices fell 1.3% in Japan, 1.0% in Australia, 0.7% in New Zealand, 0.6% in Indonesia, and 0.5% in Singapore and […] More

Stocks Again Reverse Direction… Yen and Dollar Decline

April 10, 2018

A strong Monday session in stocks was almost completely squandered in the last hour of trading by a 300 point drop of the Dow. Once again, the index opened sharply higher on Tuesday and is currently 1.6% higher on the day. Elsewhere, share prices gained 2.2% in Hong Kong, 1.7% in China, 1.3% in Indonesia […] More

Firmer Yen

January 9, 2018

The Japanese yen advanced 0.4% overnight against the dollar and by even more versus main European currencies. Investors reacted after the Bank of Japan bought fewer 10-year and longer JGBs in its operations today, which kindled suspicion the quantitative stimulus may be throttled back in 2018. The Japanese Nikkei-225 share price index climbed 0.6%, but […] More

Several Data Releases and a Mix of Market Responses

September 8, 2015

The unofficial post-summer currency market trading season began today and finds the dollar unchanged against the euro, dow 0.8% against the Australian dollar, 0.6% relative to sterling and 0.5% versus the kiwi but up by 0.5% relative to the yen and loonie and 0.2% vis-a-vis the yuan and Swiss franc. While the Japanese Nikkei plunged […] More

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