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ECB PEPP Tapering to Begin but Precise Change in Pace Not Disclosed

September 9, 2021

The European Central Bank left its -0.50% deposit rate, zero percent refinancing rate and 0.25% marginal lending facility rate unchanged. These record lows have been maintained since March 2016. But an initial step toward tapering quantitative stimulus was announced. While the overall size of the Pandemic Emergency Purchase Program (PEPP) stays at 1.85 trillion euros, […] More

Thursday Spotlight on Central Banks but Attention Also Maintained on Covid and Inflation

September 9, 2021

The dollar fell overnight by 0.3% against the Swiss franc and 0.6% versus sterling but remain unchanged on balance against the euro. Dips of 0.1% occurred against the yen and weighted DXY index. Share prices are higher in the United States and Continental Europe but are down in Great Britain. Earlier in the Pacific Rim, […] More

Financial Markets Continuing to React to American Rescue Plan

March 11, 2021

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan will be signed by President Biden tomorrow. This is an aggressive relief effort aimed predominantly at the middle class and includes another round of direct payments to households, an extension of unemployment benefits, and — something excluded from the CARES act — support for state and local governments. In […] More

No Deals and Many More Covid Cases… Also Several Central Bank Meetings

December 10, 2020

Talks last night between British Prime Minister Johnson and EU Commission President Von Der Leyden failed to achieve a trade deal. The U.S. senate grinch, Mitch McConnell, put the brakes on efforts to nail down a fiscal stimulus. U.S. Covid deaths yesterday nudged above 3k, and that pace has accelerated to 3,340 over the last […] More

ECB Account Identifies Near-Term Outlook Deterioration

November 26, 2020

Minutes from the October 28-29 meeting of the European Central Bank‘s Governing Council warn of a “clear deterioration in the near-term outlook” following the strong third-quarter rebound. Known as the ECB Account, the document cites euro appreciation as well as week demand and lower wage pressures as factors behind very subdued inflation. The second Covid […] 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

Dollar Rebound Continues While Equities Remain Exposed

October 29, 2020

There’s much to digest today: monetary policy reviews in Japan and Euroland, a first glimpse of U.S. 3Q growth, Covid lockdowns in France and Germany, and latest U.S. political developments as election campaign enters final days. The dollar strengthened overnight by another 1.4% versus the peso, 1.3% against the Australian dollar, 0.8% relative to the […] More

Wednesday’s Bounce in U.S. Equities Appears Shortlived

September 10, 2020

Risk aversion is back in vogue. Share prices overnight plunged 5.0% in Indonesia and fell by 0.6% in Hong Kong and China. While India and Japan saw advances, stocks in Europe are down 0.6% in the U.K., 0.5% in Switzerland, and 0.2% in France. U.S. futures are also lower. The price of WTI oil fell […] More

Covid-19 Is in Control Rather than Being Under Control

July 16, 2020

The best laid plans of mice and men…. Governments want to reopen economic activity, but a rising curve of new coronavirus cases both around the world and in the United States is setting other imperatives. Over the past 24 hours, there were 230.3k cases world wide, including a record 71.7k in the United States, where […] More

ECB Doing Whatever It Takes

March 20, 2020

The European Central Bank created a new Pandemic Emergency Purchase Program, which to start totals EUR 750 billion on top of the EUR 120 billion of incremental quantitative stimulus announced after the scheduled Governing Council meeting earlier this month. Together these actions represent 7.3% of GDP in the common currency area. More will be forthcoming […] More

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