Tag: Currency

London Real Estate Losing Steam

The London real estate market is losing steam with sales struggling to complete. Tax changes, Brexit uncertainty, higher house prices and difficulties in getting a mortgage approved are making it increasingly hard for people to buy homes in the U.K. capital. Real estate companies have admitted that a slowdown in sales has affected their profits. […]

Global Trade Likely to Slow Down in Q3 Says WTO

Lower export orders and car sales are likely to slow world trade growth in the third quarter, the WTO said, as a global tariff crusade by U.S. President Donald Trump to protect American jobs begins to bite. As the World Trade Organization’s head warned that global trade was threatened, its quarterly outlook indicator – a […]

China to Add 25% Tariff on $16B of US Imports

China is slapping additional tariffs of 25 percent on $16 billion worth of U.S. imports from fuel and steel products to autos and medical equipment, the Chinese commerce ministry said, as the world’s largest economies escalated their trade dispute. The tariffs will be activated on Aug. 23, the ministry said, the same day that the […]

Germany to Increase Oversight in Foreign Investment Deals

Germany is to increase its powers to block foreign investments by significantly lowering the threshold for deals that can be subject to ministerial veto, in a further sign of growing protectionist sentiment towards Chinese acquisitions. Berlin can veto deals that involve the purchase of at least 25 percent of the equity of a German company […]

Rouble Drops as US Draft Legislation Outlines Sanctions on Russia

The rouble slid towards its lowest level in nearly two years on Wednesday and investors sold off bonds and stocks after the Kommersant daily published what it said was the full text of a draft U.S. law detailing possible penalties against Russia. Republican and Democratic U.S. senators introduced the draft legislation last week, the latest […]

Aussie unmoved by narrower China trade surplus

Both imports and exports higher than estimate Imports rose 27.3% y/y in US dollar terms, the fastest pace of growth since January, and beat economists’ forecasts of +16.2% by a large margin. Exports also topped estimates, rising 12.2% y/y, defying speculation that the imposition of the first US tariffs on Chinese imports would have an […]

Dollar steady as China trade data looms

The US dollar had a bit of a rollercoaster ride yesterday as weakness in the Asian session was reversed in the US session and the greenback finished almost where it started the day. PBOC’s “verbal intervention” to stabilize the yuan helped cap the dollar’s strength. PBOC warns don’t follow the herd In a meeting with […]

India Rises Textile Import Tax

India doubled the import tax on more than 300 textile products to 20 percent on Tuesday as the world’s biggest producer of cotton tries to curb rising imports from China. It was the second tax hike on textiles in as many months after an increase on other products including fiber and apparels last month. The […]

Aussie moves higher as RBA holds rates at record low

AUD/USD breaks above 0.7400 The RBA held rates steady for the 21st time, a move that had been unanimously expected, keeping them at record lows as it targets sustainable growth and achieving the inflation target over time. The Bank’s growth forecast for the economy remains unchanged, seeing GDP growth averaging slightly more than 3% in […]

China’s yuan extends gains after PBOC measures on Friday

Costs to go short yuan increase News late Friday that the PBOC was imposing a reserve requirement of 20% on some trading of foreign-exchange forwards, effective today, saw the Chinese currency rally strongly versus the US dollar, and the yuan continued this trend during today’s Asian session. The introduction of new measures effectively makes it […]