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Dollar Strengthens on Comparatively Better U.S. Economic and Vaccine Deployment Outlook

March 23, 2021

The dollar advanced broadly overnight by 1.8% against the New Zealand dollar, 1.4% relative to the Turkish lira, 1.0% versus the Australian dollar, 0.7% against the Mexican peso, 0.6% vis-a-vis the Swiss franc and sterling, 0.5% against the euro and 0.4% versus the Canadian dollar and on a trade-weighted basis. Investors are awaiting today’s releases of […] More

Investors Watching U.S. Earnings Reports and Awaiting FOMC Meeting Results

January 26, 2021

There continued to be a lack of definitive market direction on Tuesday. A two-day policy review by the Federal Open Market begins today. In Congress, members of the House of Representatives delivered their impeachment edict to the senate, but a trial will not begin in earnest until February 9 in order to allow confirmation of […] More

Electoral College Honors Voters’ Choice and Picks Biden; Data Focus on China

December 15, 2020

The dollar is little changed today. It’s biggest move, a 0.4% decline against sterling, comes as trade talks were extended past the deadline and as British labor market data revealed a full return of average wage earnings growth to the pre-pandemic pace but also a larger-than-forecast 64.3k jump in jobless insurance claims due to a […] More

Covid-Related Setbacks in European Confidence, a Smaller Chinese Trade Surplus, and Another Day for Barrett Confirmation Hearings

October 13, 2020

Some risk aversion has returned to Europe. In many countries there, lockdown restrictions against Covid-19 have had to be tightened. And data reports out today reflect rising concern. For example, the ZEW expectations index of financial investor confidence toward Germany suffered a big setback this month, dropping to a five-month low of 56.1 from September’s […] More

Further Erosion of Dollar’s Value

September 15, 2020

The dollar dropped 0.6% to a 16-month low against the Chinese yuan overnight and also lost 0.5% relative to the Australian dollar, 0.4% vis-a-vis the Mexican peso, 0.3% versus the kiwi, Swiss franc, loonie, euro and sterling, as well as 0.1% against Japan’s yen. The latest declines bring the dollar’s trade-weighted depreciation over the past […] More

Several Big Developments

April 21, 2020

Although well above Monday’s lows, the price of WTI oil (-$4.00 per barrel) remains negative. This development continues to ripple well beyond other commodity markets, including the exertion of a drag commodity-sensitive currencies. The dollar overnight advanced 2.5% against the Russian ruble, 1.3% relative to the New Zealand dollar and Mexican peso, 1.5% versus the […] More

Dollar Draws Strength from Coronavirus and Lower Financial Market Confidence in Euroland Economic Outlook

February 18, 2020

Share prices fell today by 1.5% in Hong Kong and South Korea, 1.4% in Japan and 1.0% in Taiwan. Equity markets are down in Europe by 0.9% in the U.K., 0.7% in Germany, 0.5% in France and 0.4% in Switzerland. Risk aversion is also reflected in fixed income markets, where 10-year sovereign debt yields have […] More

BoJo Shocker, Dovish RBA Minutes, and Some Robust U.S. Data

December 17, 2019

The pound hit an air pocket overnight, dropping 1.3% against the dollar after Prime Minister Johnson rejected the option of further extensions to Brexit talks. The lack of any deal is back in play. As things stand, Britain is to leave the EU at end-January and any transition period into full Brexit ends before 2021. […] More

Dollar and Stock Markets Up

November 12, 2019

The dollar traded up overnight by 0.4% against the kiwi, 0.3% relative to the Swiss franc, 0.2% vis-a-vs the euro, loonie and sterling, and 0.1% against the Australian dollars. Stock markets in the Pacific Rim advanced by 0.8% in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Singapore and by 0.5% in Hong Kong and Indonesia. India is […] More

More Brexit Confusion, Brighter Data, and an FOMC Meeting

March 19, 2019

The dollar stayed in neutral gear overnight, dipping 0.1% against the euro, sterling, and kiwi, holding flat relative to the yen, yuan and Swiss franc, and nudging up 0.1% vis-a-vis the Aussie dollar. Slightly bigger dollar dips occurred of 0.4% relative to the loonie and 0.2% versus the Mexican peso. Asian stock markets likewise didn’t […] More

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