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FX Daily
July 08, 2014 Posted by
Greece resisted calls from the ECB to undertake a third bailout as Draghi warned that the pace of the nation’s economic fixes has slowed. According to reporters in Brussels, Greece is ruling out additional aid, which would come with new conditions, after the current rescue package comes to an end.
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FX Daily
July 07, 2014 Posted by
Global equities are trading lower today and yields on U.S. treasuries are trading higher as concern mounts about the timing of the Fed’s first rate hike.  U.S. inflation figures have crept higher, hitting the Fed’s 2% target, and the unemployment has fallen to 6.1%, below the Fed’s initial target of 6.5%.
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FX Daily
June 06, 2014 Posted by
Despite the ECB having enacted unprecedented easing measures yesterday, the Euro has held up very well in trading. Normally currencies sell off in the wake of significant monetary stimulus, which negative deposit rates would surely constitute.
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FX Daily
June 05, 2014 Posted by

The ECB cut its deposit rate to minus .1% today in an effort to boost economic growth and avert the threat of deflation in the Euro region. There have been few instances of negative deposit rates throughout history, and they have generally been short lived.

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FX Daily
June 04, 2014 Posted by
The U.S. trade deficit soared by 6.9% in April to the highest level in 2 years as consumers purchased record amounts of automobiles, business equipment, and consumer goods from abroad.  The reading, at $47.2 billion, exceeded all of the 70 economists surveyed by Bloomberg.  Exports meanwhile were little changed from the prior month.
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FX Daily
June 03, 2014 Posted by
The Euro is stronger today on speculation that any further stimuli measures taken by the ECB will not be significant enough to further weaken the currency but will instead have the intended impact of rekindling growth.  The markets expect the ECB to lower the policy rate on Thursday from .25% to .10%.
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FX Daily
May 09, 2014 Posted by
The Euro is under significant pressure again today following yesterday’s ECB announcement that left the door open to further policy easing in June.  Draghi indicated that ECB is “comfortable” acting if economic data remains weak or is revised lower and expressed frustration with a strong euro.
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FX Daily
May 07, 2014 Posted by
The USD is little changed in today’s trading.  Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s dovish comments in prepared testimony for the Joint Economic Committee provides insight into the current FOMC thoughts about the economy.
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