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January 16, 2015 Posted by
The euro has taken a beating in recent weeks and the downside move accelerated yesterday when the Swiss National Bank unexpectedly ended its policy of maintaining the franc at levels weaker than 1.20 per euro. While setting a record intraday low against the franc yesterday, the euro also ended the day with a 3.5% decline in relation to a basket of major currency peers, the biggest drop on record.
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January 15, 2015 Posted by
The Swiss National Bank sent shockwaves through the market today by abandoning its 1.20 cap on franc per euro. The SNB simultaneously cut the target rate for three-month LIBOR from a range of minus .75% to minus .25% to minus 1.25% to minus .75%.
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January 14, 2015 Posted by
U.S. retail sales were significantly worse than expected for the month of December, falling by .9%, the worst showing in nearly a year. The retail sales index measures 13 categories of spending and 9 of those fell, indicative of a broad based retreat that will prompt cuts to U.S. growth forecasts.
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January 13, 2015 Posted by
Polling ahead of Greece’s January 25 elections are showing the anti-austerity Syriza party in the lead by 3 points. Meanwhile Greece’s current aid agreement is due to expire at the end of February and the ECB is warning that it would choke off funding to Greek lenders rather than renew an international bailout package if austerity measures were not adhered to.
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January 12, 2015 Posted by
Debate is intensifying in Europe ahead of their January 22 policy meeting over calls to introduce quantitative easing. Draghi will make arguments in favor of QE at a conference in Berlin on January 14, the same day the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg will announce a non-binding legal opinion of a previously announced but never used plan to purchase bonds under a program known as Outright Monetary Transactions. While many central banks globally have the mandate to undertake quantitative easing, its legality within Europe is unclear.
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October 31, 2014 Posted by
The JPY fell sharply, off by 2.5%, to a 6 year low after the Bank of Japan increased its monetary stimulus targets. The Bank intends to increase annual holdings of government securities to 80 trillion JPY (roughly $723 billion), from 60 to 70 trillion yen, further adding to their unprecedented stimulus.
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FX Daily
October 29, 2014 Posted by
The markets are quiet this morning in advance of today’s Fed announcement. Most market participants expect the Fed to end its quantitative easing program, which currently stands at $15 billion per month, while leaving rates unchanged near zero.
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October 28, 2014 Posted by
Global equity markets are higher on stronger corporate earnings while treasuries sold off on the back of better than expected consumer confidence. Approximately 80% of S&P 500 companies have reported earnings, with 61% of those reporting beating sales targets.
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