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New Zealand and South Korean Central Bank Interest Rates Lifted by 50 Basis Points

July 13, 2022

Central Banks in New Zealand and South Korea had hiked interest rates by 50 basis points today. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s Official Cash Rate was raised to 2.50%, its highest level since early 2016 and up from a pandemic low of 0.25%. Three increases of 25 basis points have now been followed by […] More

South Korea’s Fifth 25-Basis Point Central Bank Interest Rate Hike since August

May 26, 2022

The Bank of Korea’s seven-day bank rate was raised again by 25 basis points. It was the fifth such increase since last August, the third one of 2022, and the second straight monthly meeting in which officials tightened. At 1.75%, the interest rate is back to the level prevailing between July and October of 2019. […] More

Thursday’s Focus Turns to Central Banks

May 26, 2022

The dollar slid overnight by 0.2% against the euro, yen, sterling, and Mexican peso and by 0.1% versus the Swiss franc and on a weighted basis. Alternatively the U.S. currency advanced 0.6% relative to the Chinese yuan, 0.3% relative to the Russian ruble, and 0.2% vis-a-vis the Turkish lira. The kiwi, Aussie dollar and Canadian […] More

Bank of Korea

April 14, 2022

Officials at the Bank of Korea today authorized the fourth 25-basis point hike of South Korea’s repo rate since last August. Analysts were not expecting an increase, and none had been made at the previous meeting in February. The new rate level of 1.5% is it’s highest since August 2019. CPI inflation in South Korea […] More

Amid Rising Inflation, Some Central Banks React and Others Do Not

April 14, 2022

The weighted DXY dollar index slid 0.3% so far today and is 0.9% below its year-to-date high hit in intraday trading yesterday. Losses of 0.2-0.3% today have occurred against the euro, yen, kiwi, loonie and sterling, while marginal upticks have occurred versus the Swiss franc and Australian dollar. Stock markets closed up 1.2% in Japan […] More

Stampede Into Safe Havens After Russia Invades Ukraine

February 24, 2022

Overnight advances of the U.S. dollar amount to 6.0% against the Russian ruble, 3.3% relative to the Ukraine hryvnia, 2.8% against the Turkish lira, 2.4% versus the Swedish krona and Brazilian real, 1.8% against the Mexican peso, 1.5% versus sterling, 1.4% vis-a-vis the euro, Korean won and New Zealand dollar, 1.2% relative to the Chinese […] More

Another Rate Hike at the Bank of Korea

January 14, 2022

Officials at the Bank of Korea are the latest to hike a central bank interest rate in this young year of 2022, lifting such by an as-expected 25 basis points to 1.25%. This third such advance since August 2021 reverses all of the early 2020 rate reduction and returns the rate to its pre-pandemic level. […] More

Equities Tumbling Anew as Inflation and Interest Rates Climb

January 14, 2022

The dollar overnight rose 0.1% against the euro and on a weighted basis, held unchanged against the Swiss franc and sterling and fell 0.3% versus the yen. Share prices dropped 1.3% in Japan, 1.4% in South Korea, 1.1% in Australia, and 1.0% in South Korea. The German Dax and Paris Cac show losses so far […] More

Data Mix of Elevated Inflation Despite Moderating Growth

October 12, 2021

Today’s menu of price data around the world revealed The highest rate of Japanese domestic producer price inflation (6.3%) since September 2008 and also a larger 31.3% year-on-year leap in import prices. The steepest on-year jump in German wholesale prices (13.2%) since June 1974. As then, energy played a prominent role in the spike. The […] More

Watching China and Central Banks

July 15, 2021

The U.S. dollar edged slightly higher overnight, with gains of 0.4% against the Australian and New Zealand currencies, 0.3% versus the euro, and 0.1% relative to the Swiss franc, loonie, and DXY weighted index. Alternatively, the dollar slipped 0.2% against the Chinese yuan and 0.1% versus sterling, while dollar/yen stayed steady. Share prices had climbed […] More

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