Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Several Central Bank Policy Meetings Elsewhere on This U.S. Thanksgiving Day

November 24, 2022

With the U.S. observing its quintessentially most unique holiday, the dollar continued to back off from recent highs, dropping 0.3% on a weighted DXY basisĀ  overnight and extending its cumulative decline from peak to 7.8%. The dollar lost 0.9% against the yen today and 0.6% versus sterling but just 0.1% relative to the euro. Prices […] More

Central Bank of Sri Lanka

May 19, 2022

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka Board had agreed to a shock and awe 700-basis point interest rate hike at their policy review in April and consequently decided this month to leave the standing deposit facility rate unchanged at 13.5%. “The Board was of the view that the policy measures that have already been implemented […] More

Nothing but Red on the Screens

May 19, 2022

It’s no longer about the data, or the news for that matter. A self-perpetuating technically-driven downward dynamic has taken over financial markets. For the Nasdaq, the bear market threshold was breached a while ago. S&P futures are within a percent of bear market territory, and its only a matter of time before the Dow joins […] More

Broadly Based Improvement of Dollar and Intensifying Decline of Stock Markets Around the World

March 4, 2022

Shortly before today’s release of February U.S. labor statistics, the dollar was up 0.8% in weighted terms at the peak of its overnight movement and on at its most appreciated levels since May 2020. Individual dollar advances were by 3.5% against the Russian ruble, 1.2% versus the euro, 0.9% relative to the Turkish lira 0.6% […] More

Rate Hike at Central Bank of Sri Lanka

January 20, 2022

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka‘s policy interest rate was also lifted today. An initial increase had been engineered last August of 50 basis points to 5.0%, and today’s move was also a half percentage point to 5.5%. There had been five cuts in 2020 totaling 250 basis points, so the rate remains 150 bps […] More

Dollar Little Changed on Day that Saw Many Central Bank Meetings and Thick Menu of Released Data

January 20, 2022

The weighted dollar edged up by a marginal 0.1% overnight. It gained 0.1% against the euro and Swiss franc but is unchanged against the yen and sterling and down 0.1% versus the Canadian dollar. Stock market action in the Pacific Rim was widely varied, with Japan Nikkei and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng indices closing 1.1% […] More

Divergent Trends Continue in Equities (Down) and the Dollar (Up)

August 19, 2021

Equity markets on Thursday tumbled 2.7% in Taiwan, 2.1% in Indonesia and Hong Kong, 1.9% in South Korea, 1.4% in Singapore, 1.1% in Japan but just 0.6% in China and 0.5% in Australia. In Europe thus far, share prices are down over 2.0% in Germany and France and by more than 1.5% in the U.K. […] More

Fresh Wave of Risk-Aversion: Share Prices Now Following the Slide in Long-Term Interest Rates

July 8, 2021

U.S. stock futures point to a drop of around 1.3% at the U.S. open. Share prices Thursday closed down by 2.9% in Hong Kong, 1.1% in Singapore, 1.0% in South Korea, 0.9% in Japan and 0.8% in China. European stock markets so far have lost over 1.5% in German and the U.K. and more than […] More

Another Down Day Looms in U.S. Equities

May 20, 2021

U.S. stock indices fell on the first three trading days of this week, and futures point to a further slight loss at the open. FOMC minutes from the April 27-28 meeting revealed some committee members itching to begin considering a discussion on when to start tapering stimulus if U.S. data continue to show rapid improvement […] More

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

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