Tag: Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC)

Central Banks up the ante to normalize interest rates

Friday September 21: Five things the markets are talking about Aside from trade, tariff and retaliation, central banks are upping the ante to “normalize” interest rates. This week, Norway’s Norges Bank has joined the BoE, and the central banks of the Czech Republic and Romania in withdrawing some of its stimulus, while Sweden’s Riksbank has […]

ASEAN currencies edge higher

Sept 21 (Reuters) – Asian currencies strengthened for the third consecutive day on Friday, supported by a weaker dollar and shifting views over how much damage the Sino-U.S. trade war will inflict on global demand and export-reliant regional economies. The dollar index has fallen more than 1 per cent this week. Analysts said investment flows […]

U.S weekly jobless claims fall

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, hitting near a 49-year low in a sign the job market remains strong. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell by 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted level of 201,000 for the week ended Sept. 15, the Labor Department said on Thursday. That is […]

U.S safe-haven appeal diminishes

Thursday September 20: Five things the markets are talking about It’s not been easy, two and two do not add up when trading these Twitter directional asset classes. Fundamentals have been temporary ignored as the ‘lemming’ trades takes a grip. Fading market fears over a Sino-U.S trade row has the U.S dollar trading within striking […]

The morning after

The morning after US equity market has wholly shrugged off yesterday’s back and forth on US-China trade, as the robust US economy continues to sway investors. However, when we look back at the 2018 stock market run, a lot of ink will be spilt about the benefits of US repatriation flows which are keeping balance […]

Where to hide? That’s the next million-dollar question

Tuesday September 18: Five things the markets are talking about It was coming, the market new it was coming, just when, and how much, were the unknown variables. President Trump has imposed an additional +10% tariffs on about +$200B worth of imports from China, rising to +25% by the turn of the New Year. Trump […]

Asia closing market notes : riding the risk rollercoaster

The markets are riding the risk roller coaster as headline overload has been dominating the Asian session. First, the USTR tariff announcement had a bit more sting than expected due to the graduated settings 10 per cent now then up to 25 per cent in January on 200 bln. Which suggests the US is looking […]

No tariffs, now tariffs, what gives?

Monday September 17: Five things the markets are talking about The possibility of a new round on tariffs on Chinese goods is not helping equity markets this Monday morning. The ‘big’ dollar is holding onto Friday’s gains as investors try and acclimatize themselves to the ever-fluid trade situation that President Trump seems to be creating […]

Battered and bruised

Battered and bruised It was a tough week for the markets leaving many participants battered and bruised, but the great thing about this industry, is we get to do it all over again next week. US 10y yields went on to test 3.0% Friday after a string of constructive  US data, and Fed speaks supported […]

U.S weekly jobless claims drop to near 49-year low

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, hitting its lowest level in nearly 49 years and pointing to robust labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 204,000 for the week ended Sept. 8, the lowest level since December 1969, the Labor Department […]