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Slightly Softer Dollar but Higher Share Prices Ahead of FOMC Announcement

July 27, 2022

The FOMC statement due at 18:00 GMT today will be followed by Powell’s press conference 30 minutes later. Fed forecasts are not being updated at this meeting, and officials are widely expected to raised the fed funds target by 75 more basis points to 2.25-2.50%, which would more or less align such with what is […] More

A Market Pause While Waiting for Other Shoes to Drop

February 23, 2022

Continental European share prices are up 0.6-0.9% so far today in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Futures trading in the S&P 500 and Nasdaq point to rebounds of 0.6% and 1.0%. In Pac Rim stock market trading, China and Indonesia closed up 0.9%, Hong Kong and Australian recovered 0.6%, and Japan didn’t trade due […] More

Dollar Leaped 1.2% Overnight to 19-Month High

January 27, 2022

Fed Chairman Powell’s implication that Fed tightening in 2022 will exceed market expectations lit a flame under the dollar, which overnight rose 1.2% on a weighted basis to its best level since June 28, 2020. The dollar climbed 0.7% against the euro and Swiss franc, 0.5% relative to the yen, kiwi and sterling, and 0.4% […] More

Marking Time as Drama at Jackson Hole and Kabul Unfold

August 26, 2021

The St. Louis and Kansas City Federal Reserve District presidents, who represent predominately Republican regions of the United States, publicly expressed their personal desires to see quantitative tapering begin this autumn, and Bullard of St. Louis added his hope that an interest rate hike be done before the end of 2022. The annual central banking […] More

Two-Day FOMC Meeting Ends Today with Likely Same Dovish Message

July 28, 2021

Against the backdrop of rising Covid-19 infections in the United States, this isn’t the time for the Fed to express a lot of concern about inflation or to show greater urgency as official begin to contemplate a plan to taper monetary stimulus. In the three days of July 25-27, new U.S. coronavirus cases averaged 57.3k […] More

Markets Looking for Clues to How Central Banks React to Spike in Inflation

May 27, 2021

In analyzing foreign exchange movement, the calendar year divides into three seasons, with the middle summer period –when trading volume oftentimes thins and dollar movements can beĀ  erratic and unrepresentative at times — lying between the U.S. Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. The dollar is approaching the end of the winter-spring with a trivial […] More

After U.S. Pandemic Relief Package, There’s Been Little change in Dollar, U.S. Stock futures, or 10-Year Treasury Yield

December 22, 2020

The dollar shows no net overnight movement against the yen, Swiss franc or loonie. The greenback gained 0.4% against the kiwi, 0.3% versus the Aussie dollar and 0.2% relative to sterling but slipped 0.1% vis-a-vis the euro and Chinese yuan. Ten-year U.S. Treasury, German bund and Japanese JGB yields remain unchanged. Their British counterpart rose […] 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

Firmer Tone Wednesday in Equities and the Dollar

September 23, 2020

European share prices so far today show gains of 2.1% in the U.K., 1.6% in Spain, 1.5% in France, 1.4% in Germany and 1.1% in Italy. Equities also rebounded 2.4% in Australia, 1.1% in New Zealand, and 0.7% in Singapore but dipped 0.1% in Japan whose market was closed Monday and Tuesday for holidays. U.S. […] More

Broadly Softer Dollar amid More Hopeful Investor Mood

May 26, 2020

The evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic remains highly uncertain, but investors have chosen hope over fear at least for a day or so. Economies are being reopened at varying speeds, and there has been some encouraging news regarding vaccine development. Released economic data have confirmed improvement in many cases, meaning a slower implosion rather than […] More

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