Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Somewhat Weaker Dollar

April 8, 2021

The dollar is trading 0.2% lower against its DXY weighted index and versus the loonie, Swiss franc, sterling, Turkish lira and Mexican peso. Larger drops include losses of 0.6% versus the yen, 0.5% against the kiwi and yuan, and 0.4% vis-a-vis the New Zelanad dollar. No net change against the euro limited the weighted dollar’s […] More

Dollar Up, Equities and Bond Yields Lower, and U.S. Capitol on Alert

March 4, 2021

March 4th was the day U.S. presidents were inaugurated until the 1930s, and there’s internet chatter suggesting a possible reprise of the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Widely anticipated geopolitical traumas rarely seem to happen as planned. A notable exception occurred July 1, 1997, the day that Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule. That […] More

Investors More Inclined to Taking a Risk

January 19, 2021

Stock markets closed on Tuesday up 2.7% in Hong Kong, 2.6% in China, 1.7% in India, 1.4% in Japan and appear headed for a rise of almost 1.0% on the U.S. open. European markets held back, with upticks so far of just 0.2% in Germany and 0.1% in the U.K. and France. Refuge currencies like […] 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

Investors Eyeing Three Threats

October 22, 2020

The uncertain U.S. election outcome now just twelve days away continues to have markets on tenterhooks. The final Trump-Biden debate is tonight at 21:00 EDT. U.S. Justice Department officials have found evidence of attempted cyber interference in the result by Iran and Russia. Worsening Covid-19 trends are a second source of investor anxiety. More than […] More

Sharp Equity Declines but Mixed Dollar

August 20, 2020

The U.S. equity market correction triggered by downbeat FOMC minutes┬áreleased yesterday afternoon set the tone for overnight losses in European and Asian markets where bourses tumbled 3.7% in South Korea and 3.3% in Taiwan and by at least 1.0% in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, India, Germany, France, Italy, U.K., and Spain. Indonesia’s market did […] More

Sri Lanka’s Fifth Central Bank Rate Cut of 2020

July 9, 2020

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka became the latest monetary authority to slash interest rates. The Standing Deposit Facility and Standing Lending Facility rates were each reduced by 100 basis points to 4.5% and 5.5%, respectively. Earlier this year, cuts of 25 bps in March and April were sandwiched between 50-basis point cuts in January […] More

Covid Risk and Political Uncertainty on the Market’s Mind

July 9, 2020

The global count of Covid-19 cases rose 216 thousand in the past 24 hours to roughly 12.2 million. In that span, there was a record 62 thousand rise in U.S. reported cases, even as President Trump threatened repercussions to school districts that do not reopen in the fall. The Covid death count stands just above […] More

Markets Looking Beyond Today’s Jobs Report

May 8, 2020

America’s imposed business shutdown will be reflected in today’s April jobs report, which analysts expect to show a 22 million dive in jobs and an unemployment rate that tops 15%. This will be the weakest labor market data since the Second World War, and ironically today marks the 75th anniversary of the end of fighting […] More

25-Basis Point Cut in Sri Lankan Central Bank Policy Rates

April 3, 2020

The Monetary Board at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka held an emergency session today in which members agreed to cut the Standing Deposit Facility rate to 6.0% from 6.25% and the Standing Lending Facility rate also by 25 basis points to 7.0%. Just 18 days earlier also at an unscheduled meeting, these rates were […] More

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