Central Bank of Iceland

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European March Purchasing Manager Surveys Show Healthier Growth than Expected but Perhaps Outdated Due to Worsening Covid There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

Central Bank of Iceland Eases More Sharply

May 20, 2020

The Central Bank of Iceland’s 7-day term rate has been slashed to 1.0% from 1.75%, bringing this year’s total amount of decline to two percentage points. The intent of today’s action according to a released statement is to promote money velocity and to strengthen policy transmission, as officials also withdrew the offer of 30-day term […] More

More Central Bank Rate Cuts, Mixed Global Economic Data and a Weaker Dollar

May 20, 2020

The dollar traded down overnight by 1.2% against the peso, 1.0% relative to the kiwi, 0.9% vis-a-vis the Australian dollar, 0.6% versus the Swiss franc, 0.4% against the euro, 0.3% relative to the loonie and 0.1% against sterling. Against the yen, the dollar inched 0.1% higher, but the U.S. currency in trade-weighted terms is close […] More

Stocks and Bond Prices Tumble, and the Dollar Keeps Strengthening

March 18, 2020

Fear deepened on Wednesday. The number of covid-19 cases worldwide rose over 15,000 in the last 25 hours to 203,612, and 730 more reported deaths brings the pandemic total to 8,229. The U.S. senate continues to obstruct, even though Treasury Secretary Mnuchin reportedly made the prediction of 20-plus unemployment in the United States without passage […] More

Rate Cuts at the Central Bank of Iceland and The Bank of Thailand

February 5, 2020

The Central Bank of Iceland as expected cut its 7-day term deposit rate by 25 basis points to 2.75%. A total of six 25-bp cuts were enacted during 2019. In a released statement, members of the Monetary Policy Committee cut their projected 2020 growth rate in half  to 0.8%, observing weak exports and tighter financial […] More

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