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International Economic Week in Review: Japan Is in Strong Shape

By: HaleStewart

The Bank of Japan released their latest Meeting Minutes, which contained a positive appraisal of the Japanese economy. The bank noted that several “virtuous cycles” were in play. They first noted that business profits had lifted sentiment, leading to rising investment. Read more

Central Bankers Are Starting to Push Back Against Protectionist Rhetoric

By: HaleStewart

Comparative advantage is central to the idea of international trade. It states that a country will produce more of product X if the country’s opportunity cost for the extra unit of production is lower than other choices. The easiest example is derived from the different standard of living between a developed and newly industrialized economy; in the latter, the opportunity cost of producing nearly any good is lower than the cost in a developed country. Read more

International Economic Week in Review: Both Canada and the EU Continue Growing

By: HaleStewart

On March 8, Deputy Bank of Canada governor Timothy Lane gave a speech titled, “Canada’s Economic Expansion: A Progress Report.” To provide the required background, Canada had a mild recession a few years ago, caused by OPEC’s opening the production spigot which drove down oil prices. Read more

Weekly Indicators: a more positive tone edition

By: New_Deal_democrat

February data included a decline in monthly housing permits and starts, and also retail sales. Industrial production and capacity utilization grew strongly. Consumer and producer prices increased at a rate slightly above normal. Consumer sentiment as measured by the University of Michigan rose sharply. The JOLTS report for January was mixed, with increased openings and hires, but a decline in quits, and increases in layoffs and total separations. My usual note: I look at the high frequency weekly indicators because while they can be very noisy, they provide a good Now-cast of the economy, and will telegraph the maintenance or change in the economy well before monthly or quarterly data is available. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - Mar 16, 2018

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar bounced into the weekend, taking the DXY to highs of 90.38, levels last seen on March 1. U.S. data was supportive, as U. of Michigan sentiment came in stronger, along with better industrial production figures. EUR-USD dipped to two-week lows of 1.2260 from 1.2330 highs, while USD-JPY recovered to 106.23 highs from 105.60. Read more

XE Market Analysis: World Economy Threatened by Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

By: xemarketanalysis

OVERVIEW US Dollar retreats as Trump replaces national security advisor. Sterling holds ground on optimistic Brexit talks tone. Canadian Dollar will be glad to see the end of this week. The Euro vulnerable as steel and aluminum tariffs worry investors. HIGHLIGHT The steel and aluminum tariffs due to take effect next Friday continue to be the main point of focus in the world markets. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - Mar 16, 2018

By: XE Market Analysis

The yen has maintained a firming bias amid a mixture of geopolitical news and fresh drama at the White House in the U.S.. USD-JPY dipped back under 106.00, while EUR-JPY and other yen cross have also been trading with a heavy tone. News that Trump has removed his national security advisor, H.R. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Europe - Mar 15, 2018

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar has traded mixed to far today, losing ground to the yen but moderately gaining versus most of the other main currencies, including the euro, sterling and Australian dollar. The biggest loser was the Kiwi dollar following an underwhelming GDP figure out of New Zealand, with the antipodean currency showing a decline of 0.3% heading into the London interbank open, although off its lows. Read more

XE Market Analysis: Asia - Mar 14, 2018

By: XE Market Analysis

The dollar advance modestly in N.Y. morning trade on Wednesday, before giving back gains after the London close. Following softer retail sales and slightly warmer PPI outcomes, the dollar index moved from 89.63 to 89.88 highs. The index later fell back under 89.70. Read more


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