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  • Article / Thursday at 13:00 GMT

    Goldilocks and the three currency bears

    Head of Trading / The ECU Group plc
    United Kingdom
    Goldilocks and the three currency bears
    The US Federal Reserve, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the Bank of Japan all judged that the current growth and inflation backdrop is neither too hot, nor too cold. Their inaction reinforces a picture of central banks increasingly reaching the limits of monetary policy and of currencies playing a growing (if unspoken) role.
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    JakubSzalaFX JakubSzalaFX
    "through this low growth may well be above the current "potential growth""

    Interesting how the economy structure has changed after the crisis.

    Growth trend smoothing, due to unconventional...
  • Article / Thursday at 8:54 GMT

    From the Floor: US economy teeters on brink, treasuries rally

    Saxo Bank
    Norway
    From the Floor: US economy teeters on brink, treasuries rally
    The US Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged on Wednesday and signalled it is in no hurry to hike, which some interpreted as a less hawkish stance than expected. An advance estimate of US first-quarter GDP is awaited on Thursday amid increasing signs that the economy could be flirting with negative growth, says Saxo Bank's chief economist Steen Jakobsen.
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  • Article / Thursday at 1:14 GMT

    Kiwi dollar jumps on central bank triple-header day

    Managing Director / Technical Research Limited
    New Zealand
    Kiwi dollar jumps on central bank triple-header day
    Forex traders in Australian and New Zealand kicked off today with the FOMC statement, followed by the RBNZ rate decision. With two of three central bank triple-headers out of the way, attention has turned to the Bank of Japan’s announcement and its impact on USDJPY.
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  • Article / 27 April 2016 at 7:00 GMT

    Morning Markets: Apple disappointment reverberates across Asia

    Saxo Bank
    Norway
    Morning Markets: Apple disappointment reverberates across Asia
    Japan's Nikkei index was hit by ripple effects from disappointing second-quarter results from US technology giant Apple, where iPhone sales dropped and topline and earnings figures missed analysts' expectations. Apple's poor results, reported after the US market closed on Tuesday, knocked shares in Japanese supplier companies on Wednesday. Shockingly weak CPI data from Australia hit the Aussie dollar.
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  • Article / 26 April 2016 at 12:00 GMT

    When currency rules the roost

    Head of Trading / The ECU Group plc
    United Kingdom
    When currency rules the roost
    With a chock-full slate of central bank meetings, markets are sharply focused on currencies this week. In the face of weak economic growth, and near exhausted monetary ammunition, currency is becoming increasingly attractive as a way to boost competitiveness, growth and ultimately inflation. Among central banks, some are definitely "more equal than others", and Fed policy is likely to remain dominant.
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  • 26 April
    Marcus Antonius Marcus Antonius
    Based on e.g. EURUSD reaction on "saving" Italian banks by backing 360 bn of bad loans with 4 bn of capital , I'm willing to bet any...
  • Article / 26 April 2016 at 7:01 GMT

    Morning Markets: Asian shares slip before central bank deluge

    Saxo Bank
    Norway
    Weaker oil prices weighed on sentiment in Japan, dragging the benchmark Nikkei 225 lower. The Shanghai Composite clawed back into the black after surrendering early gains, and Hong Kong's Hang Seng index retreated. In Australia, leading miners dragged the benchmark S&P/ASX200 lower. Meanwhile many investors in Asia are sidelined as they await the outcome of key central bank meetings this week – the Fed on Wednesday and the Bank of Japan and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand on Thursday.
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