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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

Markets Looking for Clues to How Central Banks React to Spike in Inflation

May 27, 2021

In analyzing foreign exchange movement, the calendar year divides into three seasons, with the middle summer period –when trading volume oftentimes thins and dollar movements can beĀ  erratic and unrepresentative at times — lying between the U.S. Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. The dollar is approaching the end of the winter-spring with a trivial […] More

Spotlight on Central Banks, Fresh Data and, as Always, Covid

April 15, 2021

The uncertain delayed roll-out of the J&J one-shot Covid vaccine is creating consternation, especially in light of high rates of new cases in many places. The National Bank of Ukraine’s policy interest rate was raised a full percentage point to 7.5%. This was the second straight tightening and twice the size of the initial 50-basis […] More

Many Data Released Today as Inflation fears Continue

February 25, 2021

Shortly before today’s release of U.S. economic data, 10-year sovereign debt yields were showing considerable increases (for example, 8 basis points in the United States and Italy, 12 bps in Canada, 6 bps in Spain and the U.K., 5 bps in Germany and France, and 2 basis points in Japan). The trade-weighted dollar had eased […] More

Dollar Up Marginally, Stock Markets Mixed, and Americans Observe Thanksgiving Day

November 26, 2020

The U.S. Thanksgiving holiday is depriving financial markets of some degree of leadership. The dollar overnight drifted up 0.1-0.2% against the euro, loonie, yen, kiwi, Swiss franc and Australian dollar. The U.S. currency rose a bit more against the peso (0.4%) and sterling (0.3%). Stock markets in Asia closed up 1.4% in Indonesia, 1.0% in […] More

Marginally Softer Dollar

October 14, 2020

The U.S. dollar edged down overnight by 0.3% against sterling, 0.2% relative to the Australian and New Zealand dollars, and 0.1% versus the yuan, Swiss franc and yen, while holding steady vis-a-vis the euro and loonie. The dollar price of gold firmed 0.5%. Stock markets in the Pacific Rim rose 0.9% in Indonesia, 0.7% in […] More

Covid-19 Is in Control Rather than Being Under Control

July 16, 2020

The best laid plans of mice and men…. Governments want to reopen economic activity, but a rising curve of new coronavirus cases both around the world and in the United States is setting other imperatives. Over the past 24 hours, there were 230.3k cases world wide, including a record 71.7k in the United States, where […] More

South Korean Central Bank Rate Cut after Big Downward Growth Forecast Revision

May 28, 2020

Another central bank interest rate cut was announced today, this time by the Bank of Korea, where by a unanimous decision the 7-day repo rate was lowered 25 basis points to 0.50%. This was the second cut of 2020 following a 50-basis point reduction back in March. The 0.50% level represents what officials have considered […] More

U.S.-Sino Tensions Mount but Dollar Steady and Equities Mostly Higher

May 28, 2020

The Chinese National People’s Congress passed the proposed Hong Kong security bill, disregarding President Trump’s warnings against doing that. Secretary State Pompeo said America will no longer consider the former British colony as autonomous, and the Trump Administration is mulling a range of sanctions against Beijing and had its call for a special UN Security […] More

Improved Prospects for an Oil Production Agreement Sends Price Higher

April 9, 2020

West Texas Intermediate crude oil rose 3.9%. Optimism is growing that Saudi Arabia and Russia will end their dispute over production cuts. Elsewhere among commodities, the price of gold advanced 1.5% overnight and is above $1,700 per ounce. Markets are gliding into the long Good Friday/Easter holiday. Mexico, New Zealand and Norway were shut this […] More

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