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  • Article / 49 minutes ago

    From the Floor: Dollar ready for battle

    Managing editor, / Saxo Bank
    From the Floor: Dollar ready for battle
    The dollar's rather down-in-the-doldrums performance for much of April may at last be about to become a thing of the past as a comeback on Friday could be the launching pad for something much more decisive, if US data doesn't disappoint.
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  • Article / 3 hours ago

    3 Numbers: Spain recovery in swing, EU confidence, US factory orders

    editor/analyst /
    United States
    3 Numbers: Spain recovery in swing, EU confidence, US factory orders
    Signs of recovery are clearly visible in Spain – the latest evidence arrived with the first-quarter GDP report, which showed that Spain’s output grew 0.9% against last year’s fourth quarter. European investor confidence shows a similar upwards tick – but far more modest. Meanwhile, economists are looking for a Q2 rebound for US manufacturing.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 4 hours ago

    Caution is the watchword for Asian central banks

    Nikkei Asian Review
    Emerging Asia is the envy of Europe. The IMF forecasts brisk GDP growth of 6.6% in developing Asia this year, compared with just 2.7% for central and eastern Europe. Yet what makes Asian growth economies all the more attractive for bond investors is that it is accompanied by sharp disinflation – and outright deflation in Thailand and Singapore – stemming mostly from the oil price collapse. Headline inflation is below target in almost all emerging Asian countries. This creates room for a further easing in monetary policy at a time when growth is slowing in several of the region's economies. Yet caution is the watchword for monetary policy in emerging Asia.
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  • Editor’s Picks / 6 hours ago

    Bring in foreign talent to curb corruption, Beijing

    China Spectator
    Tackling corruption and reforming state-owned companies are difficult policy goals for China's Communist Party. Recent arrests show the state-owned sector is a hotbed of bribery. Corruption is endemic. Top executives from oil, aviation and banking have been detained. The scale of corruption is comparable to the end of the Qing dynasty. However, one institution had a reputation for integrity in the chaotic Qing era – the Imperial Custom Service – run by inspector-general Robert Hart, a native of Belfast. Hart's success poses an important lesson. If the party is serious about reform and curbing corruption, it should bring in foreign and private sector talent and give them the autonomy to run these companies.
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  • Article / Friday at 11:15 GMT

    FX Noon: A sigh of relief

    Director / Accumen Management
    United Kingdom
    FX Noon: A sigh of relief
    With many world markets closed for holiday today, trading will likely be thin. Canadian manufacturing data are due, as well as US ISM and confidence figures, but overall it's a quiet day in forex-land.
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    Ken Veksler Ken Veksler
    For good order's sake, worth noting that I've taken back 50% of my short Cable position (mentioned in recent pieces) at 1.5180 and moved stop to now...
  • Article / Friday at 10:30 GMT

    Daily Shot: Full steam ahead Team / Saxo Bank
    Daily Shot: Full steam ahead
    The parade of good news in the Eurozone continues, with Spain posting beating expectations on GDP growth and business and consumer sentiment improving. The euro crosses saw the common currency's rally continue, with EURJPY in particular posting a large spike.
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