German CPI

Spotlight Shining on Oil Prices

September 28, 2023

Oil inventory data on Wednesday sent the price of West Texas Intermediate up to a 14-month high of $95.03 per barrel overnight, but the price subsequently settled back and is currently 0.5% below yesterday’s close. Investors or on tenterhooks to see where the oil price heads next. An additional concern, which has buttressed sovereign debt […] More

Wave of Risk Aversion Following Moody’s Downgrade of Mid-Sized Banks and China’s Weak Trade Figures

August 8, 2023

Ten-year sovereign debt yields plunged overnight by 16 basis points in France, 15 bps in Germany and Spain, 12 bps in the U.K. and nine basis points in the United States. Prices for gold and oil have dropped 0.4% and 2.3%, while that for Bitcoin advanced 0.7%. Share prices fell 1.8% in Hong Kong and […] More

Global Equities Extend Rise

July 11, 2023

Stock markets in the Pacific Rim rose 1.5% in Taiwan and Australia, 1.7% in South Korea, 1.0% in Hong Kong and Indonesia and 0.6% in China. An exception was a 0.3% dip in Japan’s Nikkei-225. The British FTSE thus far has also slipped 0.3%, but continental European share prices and U.S. stock futures are in […] More

Almost Solid Front of Hawkish Central Bank Policies With a Mounting Focus on Squelching Wage Pressure and Service Sector Prices

June 29, 2023

The leaders of the Federal Reserve, Bank of England, European Central Bank and Bank of Japan participated in a panel discussion yesterday. Powell, Bailey, and Lagarde attempted to outdo each other in displaying their commitment to lowering inflation. Whatever the cost in the short run, each insisted the long-term costs would be even greater if […] More

U.S. April CPI Figures Not Worse Than Expected, and That Just May Be Sufficient for Fed Policy to Pause

May 10, 2023

The dollar fell overnight by 0.6% against the yen, 0.3% relative to the euro, 0.2% vis-a-vis the Australian and New Zealand currencies, and 0.1% versus the British pound. Ten-year sovereign debt yields are down today by six basis points in the United States, five bps in France and Italy, four bps in Germany and the […] More

Softer Dollar, Lower Bond Yields, and Equities Recover Further

March 30, 2023

Risk-on trading continued overnight. The dollar fell 0.4% against the Swiss franc, 0.3% relative to the euro and yen, 0.2% versus the Australian dollar and sterling and 0.1% vis-a-vis the Canadian dollar, kiwi, and Mexican peso. Ten-year sovereign debt yields dipped 3 basis points in the U.K., 2 bps in Germany and a basis point […] More

Escalating Fear of a U.S. and Global Inflation

March 10, 2023

The subordination of U.S. monetary policy to an automatic formula tied to money growth in the early 1980’s was a politically effective way to put the economy in a deep recession and finally set inflation on a downward course. Nothing that drastic has been done yet, but investors are increasingly convinced that price stability can […] More

Dollar Begins March with a Decline, and Asian Equities Buoyed by Stronger-than-Expected Chinese Growth

March 1, 2023

The dollar fell back overnight by 1.0% against the euro and Chinese yuan, 1.5% versus the kiwi, 0.8% relative to the Australian dollar, 0.7% vis-a-vis the Swiss franc, 0.5% against the Japanese yen, 0.4% relative to the Canadian dollar and Mexican peso, and 0.3% versus sterling. The relaxation of Covid restrictions gave China’s economy a […] More

Dollar Down in Pre-Open Trading

February 9, 2023

The dollar fell broadly overnight, dropping 0.9% against the Australian and New Zealand dollars, 0.7% versus sterling, 0.5% relative to the euro and in weighted terms, 0.4% vis-a-vis the Japanese yen and Canadian dollar and 0.2% against the Chinese yuan. Equity markets have strengthened amid favorable earnings reports and soothing remarks from President Biden touting […] More

Chinese Data Greeted With Muted Market Reaction

January 17, 2023

A large menu of Chinese data releases proved not as weak as expected, but can the figures claimed by Beijing officials be believed as accurate? The muted reaction of investors suggests not. Chinese real GDP stagnated last quarter. Analysts were looking for a quarterly contraction of about 1% and consequently weren’t expecting year-on-year growth of […] More