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US Economic Week in Review: The US Economy Is Looking Good

By: HaleStewart

The U.S. is currently hitting on all cylinders. Friday’s GDP report showed consistently modest growth. The Conference Board’s leading indicators point towards continued expansion, as do 1-unit building permits and the 4-week moving average of initial unemployment claims. Read more

US Bond Market Week in Review: The Bond Markets Are in Great Shape

By: HaleStewart

                     What part of the curve is the primary culprit in a yield curve contraction?   History shows it’s usually the short-end: Read more

International Economic Week in Review: Big Week For Central Banks

By: HaleStewart

Since the beginning of the year, all three major global trading groups (the IMF, the World Bank and the OCED) have observed that the global economy is in its best shape since. Not to be outdone, the NY Times recently made the same observation in a piece titled, “It’s Not a Roar, But the Global Economy is Finally Making Noise.” They make the same observations as these previously mentioned global trade groups have already made. Read more

Weekly Indicators: what's going on with rail and steel? edition

By: New_Deal_democrat

The most noted data this week was that in the rear view mirror, Q4 GDP continued to increase at a rate approaching 3% annualized in the initial estimate. Capex and residential investment increased nicely, while inventories slackened. December data included a strong increase in the Index of Leading Indicators, and positive durable goods orders. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - Jan 26, 2018

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar was dented briefly by the early mix of data, where Q4 GDP came in a bit under expectations. From there, U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin clarified his "weak dollar" comments from earlier in the week, which mostly put a floor under the greenback. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Dollar Volatility Continues Comments

By: xemarketanalysis

OVERVIEW Dollar all over the show has conflicting comments from US government officials. UK GDP surprises at 0.5% for the final quarter of 2017. ECB member says recent public noise on currency rates is proving unhelpful. HIGHLIGHT The US Dollar continues to be extremely volatile as conflicting comments are made by the US Treasury Secretary and the US President in Davos. Read more

XE Market Analysis: North America - Jan 26, 2018

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar traded at softer levels after correcting a good chunk of the gains seen late yesterday after Trump said that he "ultimately" would prefer a strong dollar. EUR-USD settled in the mid 1.24s, up from the post-Trump low at 1.2364, but well off yesterday's 37-month peak at 1.2537. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - Jan 26, 2018

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar has ebbed back some after rallying after the London close yesterday at the prompt of Trump, who said from Davos that he favoured a strong dollar "ultimately." EUR-USD settled around 1.2250, up from the post-Trump low at 1.2364. USD-JPY retreated to around 109.00, down from 109.77. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Euro Soars After Draghi's Limited FX Comments

By: xemarketanalysis

OVERVIEW EUR hits fresh 3-year highs. The fallout from US Treasury Secretary’s comments on USD continues, despite attempts to clarify. British Pound trade-weighted index rises to 19-month high. New Zealand Dollar slips after inflation slowed unexpectedly. HIGHLIGHT The Euro has soared 1% to a 3-year high versus the Dollar today after the ECB left monetary policy unchanged as expected, reiterating that the economic expansion continued to strengthen but inflationary pressures remained subdued and warranted monetary accommodation. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - Jan 25, 2018

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar was smacked down again in N.Y. morning trade on Thursday, taking the DXY to trend lows of 88.45. An upbeat ECB press conference lifted EUR-USD to multi-year highs of 1.2537, while USD-JPY touched 108.50. USD-CAD touched four month lows of 1.2283, while cable hit 19-month highs of 1.4345. Read more

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