Archive for May 2020

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40-Basis Point Indian Central Bank Interest Rate Cut on Top of March’s 75-Basis Point Reduction

May 22, 2020

The Reserve Bank of India Monetary Policy Committee also held an emergency policy review ahead of the regularly scheduled one previously set for early June. The Committee announced a 40-basis point reduction of its repo rate to 4.0%, which follows a previous 75 basis point cut in late March. Officials released a statement enumerating a […] More

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Bank of Japan Board Holds Emergency Session

May 22, 2020

The Bank of Japan held an emergency unscheduled policy Board meeting that lasted just under an hour and did not change the the short-term policy interest rate of -0.1% or the 10-year JGB yield target of around zero percent. However, officials did unveil a new lending facility for small to mid-sized firms and moved out […] More

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Provocations by Chinese National People’s Congress and Special Central Bank Meetings in Japan and India

May 22, 2020

China’s government has decided to crack down on Hong Kong dissonance with a series of new security laws. Protesters will have fewer liberties and will be punished more severely. Hong Kong’s stock market plunged 5.6% in response. At China’s National People’s Congress, the tradition of setting an annual growth target was abandoned in a sign […] More

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South Africa’s Fourth Central Bank Rate Cut since January

May 21, 2020

The South African Reserve Bank repo rate was lowered 50 basis points to 3.75% following a 3-2 vote, with dissents favoring only a 25-basis point reduction. Today’s easing brings to 275 bps the total rate reduction since mid-January. In a released statement, the Monetary Policy Committee anticipates two cuts of 25 basis points each in […] More

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Turkey’s Fifth Interest Rate Cut of 2020

May 21, 2020

The Central Bank of Turkey‘s one-week repo rate was cut 50 basis points further to 8.25% today in a move that had been expected and that brings the total decline so far this year to 375 basis points. The new rate level of 8.25% compares to an end-2019 level of 12.0%. Officials released a statement […] More

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Equities, Sovereign Debt Yields, and Gold Down

May 21, 2020

The see-sawing pattern of stock markets from day to day continued on Thursday. After Wednesday’s advances, share prices are presently down today by 1.3% in Germany, 0.9% in France, 0.6% in the U.K., and 0.5% in Italy. Markets closed down 0.6% in China and New Zealand, 0.5% in Hong Kong and 0.2% in Japan, and […] More

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Central Bank of Iceland Eases More Sharply

May 20, 2020

The Central Bank of Iceland’s 7-day term rate has been slashed to 1.0% from 1.75%, bringing this year’s total amount of decline to two percentage points. The intent of today’s action according to a released statement is to promote money velocity and to strengthen policy transmission, as officials also withdrew the offer of 30-day term […] More

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Thailand Gets Another Central Bank Interest Rate Cut

May 20, 2020

The Bank of Thailand has implemented its third 25-basis point policy interest rate cut of 2020 and fifth such move since August 2019. The one-week repo rate now becomes 0.50%. There were three dissenters on the policy-deciding 7-person committee who didn’t want this change. A released statement sets the context for this additional easing: ” […] More

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More Central Bank Rate Cuts, Mixed Global Economic Data and a Weaker Dollar

May 20, 2020

The dollar traded down overnight by 1.2% against the peso, 1.0% relative to the kiwi, 0.9% vis-a-vis the Australian dollar, 0.6% versus the Swiss franc, 0.4% against the euro, 0.3% relative to the loonie and 0.1% against sterling. Against the yen, the dollar inched 0.1% higher, but the U.S. currency in trade-weighted terms is close […] More

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Monday’s Equity Rally Not Sustained Amid Both Upbeat and Worrisome Developments

May 19, 2020

Pacific Rim stock markets extended Monday’s stock market rally, but share prices subsequently turned lower in Europe and U.S. stock futures. Markets closed up 2.3% in South Korea, 1.8% in Australia, 1.9% in Hong Kong, 1.7% in Singapore, 1.5% in Japan and 0.8% in China. But there are losses of 2.1% in Spain, 1.6% in […] More

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