oil and gold prices

June 2021 and Second Quarter in Figures

June 30, 2021

The dollar was strongly bid against other currencies and gold during June but lost modest ground over the course of the whole second quarter. Although all the central banks highlighted in the feature did not change interest rates during the second quarter, Fed officials signaled that quantitative easing is likely to begin sooner that thought […] More

October 2020 in Figures

October 30, 2020

Compared to previous recent months, net dollar movements in October were limited, exceptions being a 1.9% rise against the Australian dollar and 1.5% slide versus the yuan. Ten-year sovereign debt yields favoring the dollar became even more advantageous, and share prices declined broadly and significantly. The price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil dropped over […] More

July 2020 in Figures

August 1, 2020

July was the weakest month for the dollar in practically ten years. The resulting improvement in U.S. price competitiveness resulted large U.S. equity price advances that were not experienced by European and Japanese stock markets. Dollar vulnerability also generated strong demand for gold, whose price soared nearly 10%. Late in the month gold briefly surpassed […] More

February 2020 in Figures

February 29, 2020

February 2020 will be long remembered for its final week that saw an historic drop in equity prices around the world related to concerns about the ultimate economic impact of the spreading covid-19 virus. The Dow Jones Industrials Average index fell on each of the final seven business days of February, losing 13.6% in total […] More

January in Figures

January 31, 2013

The euro strengthened against most currencies in January including the Swiss franc and sterling but especially versus the yen.  Shifts in Japanese macroeconomic policies and the weakness of the yen gave a big lift to Japanese equities.  Other stock markets also improved, but those in Germany and Canada rose by comparatively less.  A notable exception […] More

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