central bank interest rates

February 2021 in Figures

February 27, 2021

Extreme financial market volatility on the final business day of February exerted a significant effect on monthly changes shown in the table below. The ten-year U.S. Treasury yield, for example, plunged from last week’s 12-month high of 1.61% to 1.40% at yesterday’s close, and the prices of oil and gold sank 3.2% and 2.6% on […] More

December and 2020 in Figures

January 1, 2021

During 2020, the federal funds was slashed 150 basis points, the Bank of England base rate was cut 65 basis points, but benchmarks at the European Central Bank, Swiss National Bank and Bank of Japan were already very low and didn’t fall additionally. Sovereign debt yields in 2020 fell a whole lot more in the […] More

September 2020 and Third Quarter in Figures

September 30, 2020

Third-quarter declines in the dollar were for the most part trimmed during the past month. Likewise, the dollar fell in the quarter but generally rose in September. There weren’t any central bank interest rate changes in the quarter in the countries examined here. Ten-year sovereign debt yields fell in September, while net changes between end-2Q […] More

October in Figures

October 31, 2019

The intensification of risk related to U.S.-Sino trade talks and Brexit that happened in September receded partly in October. Monthend came and went without the U.K. leaving the EU either with or without a deal, and sufficient progress in the trade talks forestalled the threat of sharp tariff increases at least for a while. Impeachment […] More

June and the Second Quarter in Figures

June 28, 2019

Although the major central banks did not change their key short-term interest rates in the second quarter, global disinflation and decelerating economic growth depressed expected inflation and fanned speculation that monetary policies will be eased later in 2019. This in turn put downward pressure on long-term interest rates but incentivized share prices to climb. President […] More