Reserve Bank of Australia

August 2, 2022

The Reserve Bank of Australia‘s Officials Cash Rate  was raised to 1.85% from 1.35%. This was the third straight monthly hike of half a percentage point. An initial 15-basis point move from the record low of 0.10% was done in May. A released statement predicts a further rise in Australian CPI inflation to 7.75% this […] More

A Chinese Cloud Moves Through Financial Markets

August 2, 2022

The game of chicken between House Speaker Pelosi and Chinese President Xi has generated a new run by investors into safer assets. Pelosi appears determined to not scrap her Asian trip stop in Taiwan, and Xi is warning of unspecified reprisals. In overnight market action, share prices closed down 2.4% in Hong Kong, 2.3% in […] More

Reserve Bank of Australia Commences Interest Rate Up-Cycle

May 3, 2022

The Reserve Bank of Australia today engineered its first interest rate increase of any size since November 2010, raising the Official Cash Rate by a greater-than-expected 25 basis points to 0.35%. Governor Lowe released a statement that asserts officials are “committed to doing what is necessary to ensure that inflation in Australia returns to target […] More

Shortlived Equity Rally, More Inflationary Reports, and Day One of an Historic FOMC Meeting

May 3, 2022

Tech stocks had rallied in the final hour of Monday trading, but futures point to a likely drop of at least 0.5% at the start of Tuesday’s session. Share prices fell 0.9% in New Zealand, 0.6% in Taiwan, 0.4% in Australia, and are down 0.8% in the U.K., whose market had been closed for holiday […] More

Central Bank Rate Decisions in Kyrgyzstan and Australia

March 1, 2022

The National Bank of Kyrgyzstan increased its policy rate by 150 basis points to 10.0%, which is exactly double the level prior to February 2021 and at a six-year peak. The previous increase of 50 bps was done in January. A 10% the policy rate still remains a tad below on-year CPI inflation in that […] More

Uneven Manufacturing Trends Around the World

February 1, 2022

The dollar slipped 0.2% overnight on a weighted basis, losing 0.6% against the Swiss franc, 0.4% relative to the yen, Aussie dollar, Mexican peso and sterling, but just 0.2% versus the euro and 0.1% against the loonie. Stock markets in those Pacific Rim countries that were open and in Europe rallied robustly, taking their cue […] More

Dollar and Equity Markets Extend Recoveries

December 7, 2021

Identified Covid cases in America are zeroing in on the 50 million level since the start of the pandemic, including almost 119k cases yesterday. But there has been a sense of relief in the absence so far of evidence that the Omicron Variant will be associated with higher rates of hospitalization or deaths. Investors are […] More

Tuesday Surprises

November 2, 2021

West Virginia Senator Manchin flip-flopped again. After days of indicating progress on the twin fiscal packages addressing dated infrastructure and a host of other major issues such as climate change and child care, he said he would not support this two-front approach, which throws President Biden’s agenda into peril. The Reserve Bank of Australia discontinued […] More

Inflation Surprises Persisting, Central Banks Reacting, and Investors Fretting about What Lies Just Ahead

October 6, 2021

Against the backdrop of  central banks reacting to higher-than-forecast inflation, the dollar continues to be a well-bid currency. The weighted DXY dollar index came within a 0.05-point whisker overnight of matching its 52-week high set last November. The U.S. currency also rose 1.1% against the kiwi and Mexican peso, 0.7% versus the euro and Aussie […] More

A Respite from Monday’s Difficult Day

October 5, 2021

Following a technology-led rout, U.S. equities are currently up around 1.25%, and the German, French, Italian and British bourses show rises of 0.6-1.0%. This rebound was not reflected in Asia, where share prices closed down 1.9% in South Korea, 1.3% in Japan, 0.9% in Indonesia, and 0.7% in Singapore. New Zealand and Australia markets dropped […] More

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