Archive for May 31st, 2019

Foreign Exchange Insights and Next Week

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May 31, 2019

Central Banks: Monetary policy reviews scheduled in Euroland, Australia, India, Ukraine, Poland, and Chile. Fed Chairman Powell, Fed District Bank President Bostic, and Vice Chair Clarida speak publicly. So does Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda and RBA Governor Lowe. The Fed Beige Book of regional U.S. economic conditions will be published. Holidays: End of Ramadan […] More

Deeper Analysis

Thursday-Friday Data from the U.S. and Canada

May 31, 2019

U.S. first-quarter real GDP growth was revised down a tenth of a percentage point to 3.1% at an annualized rate from the prior quarter. This was the third time in four quarters in which growth was 3.1% or stronger. Over the eleven quarters following mid-2015, real growth didn’t exceed 3.0% even once. On the other […] More

Central Bank Watch

Sri Lankan Interest Rates Cut

May 31, 2019

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka cut its interest rates by a half percentage point, citing the Easter terrorist attacks there, easier monetary policies elsewhere, downward rigidity in Sri Lankan market rates, slowing private sector credit expansion, a narrowed trade deficit, and subpar domestic growth. A recent uptick of inflation was dismissed as not being […] More

New Overnight Developments Abroad - Daily Update

Financial Markets Feeling the Strain of A Breakdown in International Trade Relations

May 31, 2019

President Trump is imposing a tariff on all U.S. imports from Mexico in retaliation of that country’s failure to contain the flow of migrants crossing into the United States. China is ramping up its response to President Trump’s recent protectionist acts against Chinese exports and especially the action against Huawei. U.S.-EU trade talks also have […] More