Archive for March 17th, 2022

Foreign Exchange Insights and Next Week

It Took Longer Than Generally Remembered for the Volcker and Greenspan Fed To Restore Price Stability

March 17, 2022

Several questions at Fed Chairman Powell’s press conference yesterday tried to elicit a response about whether it is possible to shrink U.S. inflation back to the target of 2.0% without nearly stalling economic growth or even putting the U.S. economy through a recession. Powell did not say definitively yes or no but gave reasons for […] More

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Bank of England Tightens as Expected, and More Moves Lie Ahead

March 17, 2022

The Bank of England as expected engineered a 25-basis point increase in its Bank Rate, but the 8-1 vote included a dissent in favor of a 50-basis point increase. The rate had previously been raised by 15 basis points in December and 25 bps in February, and at 0.75% is now back to its pre-pandemic […] More

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Central Bank of Ubekistan

March 17, 2022

The Central Bank of Ubekistan‘s policy interest rate was jacked up three percentage points to 17%, its highest level since the final 7 months of 2004 when such was at 18%. In between, the rate had been as low as 9% from the start of 2015 until mid-2017. During the first pandemic year, there had […] More

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Hong Kong and Taiwan Central Bank Rate Hikes

March 17, 2022

Officials at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and Central Bank of the Republic of China (Taiwan) announced 25-basis point interest rate hikes in lockstep actions following the Federal Reserve’s similar move. After the first hike since December 2018, Hong Kong’s new base rate level will be 0.75%. Taiwan’s discount rate had been at 1.125% since […] More

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Central Bank of Brazil Tightens for a Ninth Time

March 17, 2022

A full percentage point increase in the Central Bank of Brazil‘s Selic rate to 11.75% matched what analysts were expected. The move was agreed unanimously, and a released statement foreshadows a similarly-sized rate hike at the next policy review: “For its next meeting, the Committee foresees another adjustment of the same magnitude. The Copom emphasizes […] More

New Overnight Developments Abroad - Daily Update

Inflation and Russian Invasion of Ukraine Casting Longer Shadows

March 17, 2022

Equities behaved in a widely diverse way overnight after the Fed enacted the first of many rate hikes. Share prices closed up by 7.0% in Hong Kong, 3.5% in Japan, 3.0% in Taiwan, 1.8% in India, 1.7% in China, and 1.1% in Australia. But stock markets so far are down this Thursday by 1.0% in […] More

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