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The Russina Central Bank Faces A Nightmare Scenario

By: HaleStewart

With the situation in the Ukraine getting worse -- and with the threat of increased western economic sanctions against Russia an increasing possibility -- this appears to be a good time to take a look at the Russian economy to see if it could withstand increased trade problems. Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - Mar 18, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

News that Russian parliament approved a draft bill on absorbing Crimea seemed to elicit a return to a more world-wary market sentiment. This saw the euro decline and the yen outperform. EUR-USD ebbed to the 1.3900 area during the European AM after flat-lining around 1.3903-40 in Asia. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - Mar 18, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

Another fairy subdued session. USD-JPY eked out a new rebound high of 101.94, but subsequently ebbed lower, toward the mid-101s. EUR-JPY also ebbed back while EUR-USD flat-lined around 1.3903-40. The AUD briefly lifted in the wake of the RBA minutes to the March policy meeting, which said that a stable period of interest rates is likely, backing up Westpac's well flagged decision yesterday to remove its call for the RBA to cut rates in 2014. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - Mar 17, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar traded lower in N.Y. on Monday, taking EUR-USD over 1.3940, cable toward 1.6660, and USD-CHF down to near 0.8720. It appeared that talk of a diplomatic settlement to the Ukraine issue is gaining traction, though so far, there have been no concrete developments that would imply any sort of solution is near. Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - Mar 17, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

The USD has been mixed in early week trade, while the EUR has traded moderately softer on the view that U.S. and EU sanctions against Russia in the wake of the Crimea referendum may have negative implications for the Eurozone economy (cutting Russian natural gas imports, for instance). Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - Mar 17, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

The major currencies have been fairly steady in early week trade. Asia stock markets posted moderate losses (MSCI Asia Pacific 0.5% for the worse), though the JPY traded moderately weaker and the AUD modestly firmer, breaking their usual correlations with equity market direction in subdued conditions. Read more

International Week in Review: China and Russia Start Screwing Things Up Edition

By: HaleStewart

There were two big stories this week from two of the BRIC countries. Russia continues its cold war replay with the situation in the Ukraine. The Russian central bank has already increased interest rates 150 basis points in a move to stem the rubel's sharp decline. Read more

Weekly Indicators: Consumers could use a St. Patrick's Day libation edition

By: New_Deal_democrat

Monthly news for February included increased retail sales, but with January's number revised downward.  Producer prices declined.  Consumer sentiment declined, and wholesale inventories increased to the highest level since the end of the last recession.   Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - Mar 14, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

Dollar/Europe took a hit in early in the N.Y. Friday session, with EUR-USD up at session highs over 1.3935, USD-CHF approaching fresh 2.5 year lows near 0.8700, and cable ramping up to 1.6645. Thursday's meme of reserve related dollar selling remained, though the Ukraine crisis likely played a role as well, as U.S. Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - Mar 14, 2014

By: XE Market Analysis

The yen has remained bid in a quiet market as stock markets in Europe and Asia came under pressure. Concerns about China slowdown and rising geopolitical tensions ahead of the controversial referendum in Crimea this weekend have been fuelling the risk-off theme. Read more

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