Czech National Bank

Comparing the Central Bank Interest Rate Paths of the United States, Brazil, U.K., Iceland,Poland and Czech Republic

May 5, 2022

All six of the central banks in this comparative study had interest rate hikes announced either today or yesterday. In none of the cases was the increase the first one of the current cycles. All these tightening cycles represent responses to accelerating inflation caused in large part by external factors like the pandemic, policy responses […] More

European Central Bank And Czech National Bank

February 3, 2022

The European Central Bank‘s cluster of interest rates (a -0.50% deposit rate since September 2019 and a zero percent refinancing rate and 0.25% Marginal Lending Facility rate since March 2016) were not changed today. Bond purchases as part of the Pandemic Emergency Program will cease after next month however, and quantitative support through the monthly […] More

Omicron, Central Banks, ISIS, Metaverse, OPEC, Russia, Inflation and January PMIs Vying for Market’s Attention

February 3, 2022

The top leader of ISIS and his family have died after a U.S.-led raid in Syria. Geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and Russia remain very high. A total of 3,623 Covid-19 deaths yesterday in the United States were the greatest single-day total in a year. Omicron affected numerous service-sector and composite purchasing manager surveys reported […] More

Revised U.S. and British GDP Figures, Record High PPI Reports, and a Big Czech Central Bank Rate Hike

December 22, 2021

Market activity so far this Wednesday has been less volatile than in recent days. The weighted DXY dollar index settled back 0.2% and was around overnight lows at theĀ  time of the U.S. stock market opening. The dollar has fallen 0.5% against the Australian dollar, Turkish lira and sterlingĀ  but just 0.2% relative to the […] More

Large 125-Basis Point Interest Rate Hike at the Czech National Bank

November 4, 2021

There had already been rate hikes of 25 basis points in both June and August followed by 75 basis points in September, but those increases were a mere preamble to a 125-basis point rise in the two-week repo rate to 2.75%. Like many other monetary authorities, those at the Czech National Bank attribute the recent […] More

Big Rate Hike by the Czech National Bank

September 30, 2021

The Czech National Bank two-week repo rate was hiked by 75 basis points to 1.50%. Instead of implementing a third 25-bp increase since June, this surprisingly large tightening reverses all but 50 basis points of last year’s net reduction of the policy interest rate. In early February of 2020, the rate had been raised from […] More

End of Third Quarter 2021

September 30, 2021

The DXY weighted dollar dipped 0.1% overnight but experienced a quarterly advance of around 2.5%. In the Pacific Rim, share prices on the final trading day of the quarter rose 1.9% in Australia, 1.4% in New Zealand, 2.0% in Indonesia, and 0.9% in China but fell by 0.4% in Hong Kong and 0.3% in Japan. […] More

Czech Monetary Policy Tightened for Second Time This Year

August 5, 2021

The Czech National Bank today followed up on an initial 25-basis point increase of its two-week repo rate that was done in June. From March to May of last year the rate had been slashed by 150 basis points in three moves. Today’s increase was also by 25 bps and brings the 2-week repo rate […] More

Dollar Dips as U.S. Covid Cases Swell and Trade Deficit Climbs to Record High in June

August 5, 2021

U.S. Covid-19 cases rose to 96.0k yesterday from 92.6k on Tuesday. The United States goods and services trade deficit of $75.749 in June was a record monthly high. The first-half deficit of $428.6 billion was 46% greater than in the first half of 2020. The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee again voted unanimously to […] More

Lower Dollar

May 6, 2021

The dollar settled back 0.4% on a weighted basis and against the euro overnight. The dollar also lost 0.5% relative to the Swiss franc, 0.3% versus the loonie, and 0.1% relative to the New Zealand and Australian currencies. The dollar alternatively edged 0.1% higher against the peso and sterling and held steady on balance versus […] More

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