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Bank Negara Malaysia cuts overnight policy rate by 25 bps, likely to further lower it later in year

Jul 07, 2020 15:08 pm UTC| Commentary Central Banks

Malaysian central bank, Bank Negara Malaysia, cut its overnight policy rate today by 25 basis points to 1.75 percent. Compared with the previous one, todays policy statement was distinctly more optimist on growth...

S. Korea posts record-high forex reserves of $410.75-B

Jul 06, 2020 11:43 am UTC| Economy Central Banks

South Koreas foreign exchange reserves reached a record high of $410.75 billion in June, having gained $3.44 billion from May due to profits and investment returns from overseas assets and a weak dollar. The June...

Resignation in protest of Ukraine's ex-central bank chief worries IMF

Jul 04, 2020 06:40 am UTC| Politics Central Banks

Yakiv Smoliys resignation in protest as Ukraines central bank chief due to systematic political pressure put at risk the countrys $5 billion economic assistance deal agreed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) last...

FxWirePro: Take a look on relative values in Sterling and Swedish Krona

Jun 29, 2020 15:52 pm UTC| Research & Analysis Central Banks

GBP is one of the currencies most vulnerable to COVID -19, not only because the damage to public finances is larger than most other countries (a 2020 fiscal deficit of 16% of GDP). This reliance on inflows renders GBP more...

Regulatory Series on Cryptocurrencies: BIS Sheds Some Light on Evolution of CBDC Amid Pandemic Covid-19

Jun 29, 2020 08:32 am UTC| Research & Analysis Central Banks Digital Currency Insights & Views

Amid the widening of outbreak of Covid-19, various central banks across the globe seem to be inclined for the digital currency system. Day by day the total number of confirmed cases and reported casualties of the deadly...

FxWirePro: CBT Stuns Markets, Turkish Lira Drifts In Sideways – Uphold Call Spread To Hedge USD/TRY

Jun 26, 2020 13:38 pm UTC| Research & Analysis Central Banks Insights & Views

The Central Bank of Turkey (CBT) maintained status quo during its June meeting, kept benchmark one-week repo at 8.25 percent surprising markets that had forecast of a 25 bps rate cut, saying that pandemic-related rise in...

Philippine central bank surprisingly lowers interest rate by 50 bps, unlikely to cut again in August

Jun 25, 2020 11:47 am UTC| Commentary Central Banks

Philippine central bank unexpectedly lowered its overnight reverse repurchase rate today by 50 basis points to 2.25 percent. The BSP policy rate is now at a historic low. Governor Benjamin Djokno noted that low interest...

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Economy

OPEC insists it did not intend to drive US shale out of business

OPEC Secretary Mohammad Barkindo said the group did not intend to drive US shale oil producers out of business, in response to US barrels price briefly turning negative in April. In April, the group agreed on the single...

Korean shipbuilders suffer 67% dip in new orders

South Koreas shipbuilders posted 1.18 million compensated gross tons (CGTs) of new orders in the first half of 2020, 67 percent less from the 3.58 million CGTs last year. Globally, new shipbuilding orders plunged 57...

Shanghai shopping event induces consumption in city

Shanghai municipal governments May 5 Shopping Festival helped the citys total consumption over the past two months to return to the same level last year. The festival attracted over 520,000 online sellers and nearly...

Japan's May exports to S. Korea down to 11-year low of 3.66-T won

Japans exported 3.66 trillion won worth of goods to South Korea in May, down 18 percent from last year, which is lowest in 11 years due to the pandemic and trade dispute between the two countries. Japans shipments of...

US refrains from slapping antidumping duties on S. Korean cold-rolled steel

The US refrained from imposing antidumping duties on cold-rolled steel from Hyundai Steel Co. and POSCO, which would help boost trade between the two countries. The US Department of Commerce determined that cold-rolled...

Politics

Donald Trump: POTUS' former lawyer Michael Cohen brought back to jail

There have been a handful of aides of Donald Trump that was sent to jail, including his former lawyer Michael Cohen. In the midst of the pandemic, Cohen was ordered to be brought back to jail to continue serving his...

Donald Trump: Supreme Court rules POTUS's taxes to be released to Grand Jury

For a long time, Donald Trump has tried to evade the efforts to show his tax returns and his other financial records. Now it appears impossible for Trump to evade any longer as the Supreme Court ruled that it be released...

Melania Trump: FLOTUS visits the Mary Elizabeth House

First lady, Melania Trumps Be Best initiative, puts the overall well-being of children front and center. Recently, Mrs. Trump visited the Mary Elizabeth House to personally deliver some care packages to the staff and...

Melania Trump: New tell-all book reportedly 'thrashes the First Lady and here's its release date

Melania Trump will surely hug the headlines again once the new tell-all book about her is published. This can be controversial and filled with explosive claims since the author is the First Ladys former confidante who was...

Science

Paleontologists discover pocket-sized ancestor of the dinosaurs

Dinosaurs are more commonly believed to be large living beings, from being similar in size to a child to as massive as a house or even a small building. However, paleontologists recently discovered fossilized remains of...

Dilophosaurus shown in 'Jurassic Park' is more bird-like than lizard, says scientists

The Dilophosaurus was made famous through the Jurassic Park movie and is shown as having a similar appearance to a lizard. However, a new study finds that the actual Dilophosaurus did not resemble a lizard, but looked more...

NASA: Hubble Space Telescope detects a galaxy moving away from Earth

When it comes to galaxies, many often hear about these celestial objects merging with one another. However, the opposite is not heard about as much. Recently, the Hubble Space Telescope was able to witness just that, with...

New study suggests Cerne Abbas Giant actually dates back to the Medieval period

The Cerne Abbas Giant has been met with some debate regarding its history among archaeologists. Now, a new study suggests that the historic figure may not be as ancient as many may believe it to be. Researchers,...

Technology

‘World of Warcraft: Shadowlands’: Blizzard confirms release window in fall

Video game companies, for much of the first half of 2020, learned to adjust to new workplace setups due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Even then, Blizzard Entertainment assures fans that World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is...

Poco M2 Pro: $200 smartphone with a quad camera and 33W fast charger

After months of leaks and speculations, the Poco M2 Pro has finally been announced by Poco India. Most of the expected specs and features have now been confirmed for the device, and so is the one caveat that some tech fans...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’: The role of Judy Alvarez and Evelyn Parker in V’s upcoming missions

Night City Wire has done its job of keeping the hype up for Cyberpunk 2077, but a welcome bonus was the unveiling of two non-playable characters named Evelyn Parker and Judy Alvarez. Online discussions prove their brief...

‘The Last of Us 2’: Naughty Dog condemns myriad of online death threats targeting cast and devs

The launch of The Last of Us 2 has been bittersweet for Naughty Dog in the few weeks that the game is out in the wild. Aside from high scores from critics, the developers and cast members have been receiving vile comments...
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