Jay Powell

Fed’s Inaction on Rising Long-Term Interest Rates Sends Dollar Higher

March 5, 2021

Investors had been hoping to hear some voiced protest against the steepening U.S. yield curve from Fed Chairman Powell’s speech yesterday, but it wasn’t to be. Powell expressed a lack of worry about the development, while reaffirming that Fed tightening is years away even if U.S. employment and price growth outpaces the path assumed by […] More

Monetary Policy Differences Starting to Emerge Across Nations

February 24, 2021

The dollar weakened 0.7% overnight against its closest neighbors, the Mexican peso and Canadian dollar. The greenback also fell by 0.6% versus the kiwi, 0.2% relative to the yuan, and 0.1% vis-a-vis the Australian dollar and sterling but advanced 0.6% relative to the Japanese yen and 0.3% vis-a-vis the Swiss franc. Equities were clobbered in […] More

Start of a Fresh Month Sees Dollar Drop and Share Prices Resume Their Rise

December 1, 2020

A slew of manufacturing purchasing manager surveys taken in November were released today. Fed Chairman Powell and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin testify before the Senate Banking Committee today on the Cares Act. After dipping on Sunday, Covid cases and the death count turned upward over the past 24 hours both globally and in the United States. […] More

Policy Support Overriding Covid-19 and Geopolitical Concerns at Least for Now

June 16, 2020

The weakness of stock markets early Monday dramatically reversed direction when the Federal Reserve announced an expansion of its corporate bond purchases. That turnaround extended overnight into trading in the Pacific Rim, where markets closed up 4.9% in Japan, 5.3% in South Korea, 3.9% in Australia, 2.4% in Hong Kong, 2.0% in Singapore, 1.8% in […] More

Equities and Dollar Mostly Firmer

May 21, 2019

Share prices in the Pacific Rim rose 1.2% in China, 0.8% in Indonesia, 0.6% in Taiwan, and 0.4% in Australia, but the Japanese Nikkei closed down 0.1%. stocks in Europe have so far risen today by 1.1% in Germany, 0.8% in the E.K. 0.7% in Italy, 0.6% in France, 0.5% in Switzerland, and 0.3% in […] More

Short-Lived Fed Stockmarket Rally

January 31, 2019

The FOMC’s tightening pause gave a big boost to U.S. stocks yesterday and was augmented by some better-than-expected corporate earnings.¬† But the DOW fell in the first hour of U.S. trading, and share prices have also weakened today in Germany France, and Australia. This contrasts with gains close to 1% in China, Hong Kong and […] More

FOMC Preview

January 30, 2019

The first rule of Federal Reserve chairmen when wearing their communicator-in-chief hat is to do no harm.¬†Chairman Powell failed that test at December’s press conference by placing a very positive spin on U.S. economic trends and appearing not to back away from a baseline expectation that the a couple more interest rate hikes in 2019 […] More

Dollar Down, Stocks Mixed Ahead of Powell’s Speech at Jackson Hole

August 24, 2018

The dollar posted overnight declines of 0.7% against the Aussie currency, 0.5% relative to the Chines yuan, 0.4% against the kiwi, 0.3% vis-a-vis the euro and sterling, 0.2% versus the Mexican peso and Swiss franc and 0.1% relative to the loonie. Share prices in the Pacific Rim rose 0.9% in Japan, 0.5% in South Korea, […] More

Dollar Eases a Tad In Spite of Divergent Reported Data

July 16, 2018

The dollar declined 0.6% against the peso, 0.4% versus the Swiss franc, 0.2% relative to the euro, kiwi, loonie and sterling, and 0.1% vis-a-vis the yuan and Australian dollar. With Japanese markets closed for Marine Day, the dollar remained unchanged against the yen. Stocks in the Pacific Rim declined 0.9% in Singapore, 0.7% in Indonesia, […] More

Softer Bond and Stock Values Ahead of Powell Testimony

February 27, 2018

Monday saw a big U.S. stock market rally, but equities overnight fell in contrast by 1.1% in China, 1.3% in Hong Kong, 0.3% in India, 0.2% in Taiwan and 0.1% in South Korea. In Europe, stocks so far have declined 1.0% in Greece, 0.5% in Switzerland, and 0.3% in Germany. A notable exception to the […] More

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