Central Bank of Iceland

Central Bank of Iceland Implements Third Rate Hike of 2021

October 6, 2021

At the Central Bank of Iceland, the seven-day term deposit rate was increased by 25 basis points to 1.5%. This is the third quarter percentage point tightening since May. Inflation topped 4% at 4.4% last month, and supply chain shortages continue, further risking an upward drift in inflation expectations. While first-half growth underperformed the expectations […] More

Inflation Surprises Persisting, Central Banks Reacting, and Investors Fretting about What Lies Just Ahead

October 6, 2021

Against the backdrop of  central banks reacting to higher-than-forecast inflation, the dollar continues to be a well-bid currency. The weighted DXY dollar index came within a 0.05-point whisker overnight of matching its 52-week high set last November. The U.S. currency also rose 1.1% against the kiwi and Mexican peso, 0.7% versus the euro and Aussie […] More

Iceland’s Second Central Bank Rate Hike of 2021

August 25, 2021

The Central Bank of Iceland’s policy interest rate was increased another 25 basis points to 1.25%. An initial hike of similar size had been engineered earlier this year in May. During the opening five months of 2020, the rate had been reduced by a total of 225 basis points to 0.75%. Iceland is the only […] More

Softer Business Confidence, A Rate Hike in Iceland, and Awaiting Clarification of Fed Policy Plans

August 25, 2021

The Jackson Hole annual central banker conference begins tomorrow at which investors hope to glean greater clarification of the Fed’s exit strategy. The Delta Variant’s wave of higher coronavirus infections has cast a shadow over how aggressively Federal Reserve officials will taper quantitative monetary stimulus. Global infections are closing in on the 215 million level. […] More

Bitcoin Disaster, Equities Fall Again, and Mixed Inflation News

May 19, 2021

The Bitcoin fallout from Elon Musk’s reversal on Tesla-for-bitcoin transactions has been huge. The cryptocurrency dropped over 20% overnight and at its intra-day low was showing a 43% loss over the past five weeks to its lowest level in 11 weeks. Wednesday’s been a difficult day for equity trading as well, with losses in the […] More

European March Purchasing Manager Surveys Show Healthier Growth than Expected but Perhaps Outdated Due to Worsening Covid There

March 24, 2021

The dollar strengthened in Asian trading, reaching its strongest trade-weighted level since Thanksgiving, but it has subsequently trimmed those gains. Compared to Tuesday closings, the dollar is up 0.3% relative to the Turkish lira and sterling and by 0.1% versus the euro, Swiss franc and DXY effective value. Dollar/yen is unchanged, and so are the […] More

Little Overnight Change in Dollar as Long-Term Rates Rise Further

February 3, 2021

Aside from declines of 0.6% and 0.3% against the New Zealand and Australian dollars, the U.S. currency’s net overnight movements have been minuscule including zero change versus the yen and yuan and upticks of 0.2% relative to the euro and a 0.1% versus the Swiss franc and sterling. Ten-year sovereign debt yields increased two basis […] More

Central Bank of Iceland

November 18, 2020

Monetary officials in Iceland cut their seven-day term deposit rate by 25 basis points to 0.75%, bringing the cumulative rate reduction since February to 225 basis points. Today’s was the first cut since a 75-basis point reduction in May. A released statement from the Monetary Policy Committee also announced that Icelandic GDP is likely to […] More

Covid News Proceeding on Two Tracks, While Dollar Slipping but Slows

November 18, 2020

There’s been more good news regarding Covid vaccine developments as Pfizer’s product, like Moderna’s, has been shown to be 95% effective. Before vaccines can be distributed widely, however, current spikes in cases and deaths point to a very difficult winter ahead for public health and economic activity. New U.S. cases and deaths yesterday approached 160,000 […] More

Trump on Steroids Has People on Edge and Unsure What Happens Next

October 7, 2020

President Trump returned from the hospital unrepentant and as erratic as ever. His major pronouncement on Tuesday — a unilateral postponement of stimulus talks until after the election — was seemingly reversed by an overnight tweet expressing a desire for a simplified “stand alone” bill. He downplayed the coronavirus threat and claimed to feel 20 […] More

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