Swedish Riksbank

50-Basis Point Interest Rate Hike at Swedish Riksbank

June 30, 2022

As expected and in the face of its highest inflation in over 30 years, the Executive Board at the Swedish Riksbank intensified the speed of stimulus withdrawal. The policy interest rate, which from a negative 0.50% base, had been raised by 25 basis points each in December 2018, December 2019 and April 2022, was hiked […] More

Surprise Rate Hike in Sweden is First Increase since December 2019

April 28, 2022

The Swedish Riksbank announced a dramatic shift in its policy. The repo rate was raised from zero percent to 0.25%, defying a promise made as recently as the prior meeting in February not to raise such until well into 2024. Large global uncertainties and rapidly rising CPI inflation across a broad front forced this change […] More

New Multi-Year Highs in the Dollar

April 28, 2022

The weighted DXY dollar index has advanced 0.7% on balance today and touched a 19-year high of 103.93, which constitutes an appreciation of 43.3 in April 2008 during the subprime mortgage financial crisis. Overnight dollar highs included a 20-year peak of 131.01 against the Japanese yen and $1.0471 versus the euro. Compared to closing levels […] More

Several Central Banks Left Rates Steady, But Fresh Price Data Fan Concern

February 10, 2022

The Reserve Bank of India‘s repo and reverse repo rates were left unchanged at 4.0% and 3.35%. A released statement explains, “The MPC notes that inflation is likely to moderate in H1:2022-23 and move closer to the target rate thereafter, providing room to remain accommodative” And adds “the ongoing domestic recovery is still incomplete and […] More

Equities Trying to Rebound and Dollar Slips a Bit Ahead of Wednesday’s FOMC Announcement

September 21, 2021

The dollar is down 0.15% against the DXY weighted index. Dollar/yen is unchanged from Monday’s closing level, and the greenback lost 0.1% overnight against the euro and sterling and 0.4% relative to the loonie and Swiss franc. U.S. stocks had suffered their steepest daily loss on Monday since May, and share prices in other markets […] More

Evidence of Two-Speed Post-Pandemic Recovery and Some Encouraging News on the Inflation Front

July 1, 2021

The first day of July brought a slew of manufacturing purchasing manager surveys. Recovery from the Covid recession is developing faster than than the upswing from the Great Recession, but countries that have been forced to reimpose restrictions on social gathering are seeing their recoveries lag others. Currencies are also becoming more aligned with Covid-management […] More

Financial Markets Generally Quiet Ahead of FOMC Meeting and President Biden’s Speech on Wednesday

April 27, 2021

The weighted dollar is trading at its overnight low but down less than 0.1% on balance. The U.S. currency is unchanged against the euro and sterling, up 0.1% relative to the yen and 0.1% softer versus the Swiss franc. U.S. stock futures are little changed. Corporate earnings reports have been mostly solid. Share prices closed […] More

Price and Industrial Production Data, Fed Chair Powell Speaking, and More of the Trump Trial

February 10, 2021

The dollar is unchanged today on a trade-weighted basis and remains near a 2-week low. Equities closed up 1.9% in Hong Kong and 1.4% in China but only +0.2% in Japan. Share prices are pretty flat so far today in the U.K., France, Germany, and U.S. futures trading. Prices for WTI oil and Comex gold […] More

Swedish Riksbank

November 26, 2020

The Swedish Riksbank’s repo rate has been at 0% or negative since February 2015. It’s last change, a 25-basis point hike to zero percent, was done in December 2019. A statement after the just-completed latest policy review by the central bank’s Executive Board expands the size of the asset purchase program from SEK 500 billion […] More

Dollar Up Marginally, Stock Markets Mixed, and Americans Observe Thanksgiving Day

November 26, 2020

The U.S. Thanksgiving holiday is depriving financial markets of some degree of leadership. The dollar overnight drifted up 0.1-0.2% against the euro, loonie, yen, kiwi, Swiss franc and Australian dollar. The U.S. currency rose a bit more against the peso (0.4%) and sterling (0.3%). Stock markets in Asia closed up 1.4% in Indonesia, 1.0% in […] More

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