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After several years of extremely loose monetary policy, the U.S. Federal Reserve intends to start tightening, for clear reasons, markets will remain focused on the crucial event, which is set to have a major impact on almost all asset classes. Economic data releases will provide clues to the robustness of economies- some of which are vulnerable to investment outflows as higher rates make U.S. assets more attractive. Emerging economies are already struggling to support currencies hit by Fed rate hike expectations and will lead to intensified currency wars further. In this exclusive series we will provide insightful analysis and views on central banks decisions, emerging markets currencies, Fed's tools for managing monetary cycle, investment outflows, including direct government intervention, the imposition of capital controls, and, indirectly, quantitative easing.

Currency War Series

Turkey’s homemade currency crisis has truly global implications

Aug 16, 2018 19:57 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Turkeys recently reelected president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is blaming the sudden and dramatic decline of the Turkish lira on an international conspiracy, variously railing against an economic war and a currency plot. On...

Currency War Series

Brazilian central bank likely to cut key rate by 100 bps, says Commerzbank

Apr 12, 2017 07:02 am UTC| Commentary Central Banks Economy

The Brazilian central bank is expected to cut its key rate by an impressive 100 basis points tonight; that is certainly what a poll amongst analysts would suggest. Some are even expecting 125bp. The development of the rate...

Currency War Series

Northeast Asian nations undertake efforts to avoid being named 'currency manipulator', says Scotiabank

Feb 13, 2017 06:02 am UTC| Commentary

China, Japan and Korea and another three major trading partners of the U.S. were placed on the Monitoring List in the semi-annual report on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies released by U.S. Treasury...

Currency War Series

Brazilian central bank slashes interest rate, citing Trump-related global uncertainties

Dec 01, 2016 06:07 am UTC| Commentary Central Banks Economy

The central bank of Brazil has slashed interest rates in the monetary policy meeting held Wednesday, as was widely expected by market participants, citing US President-elect Trump-related global uncertainties that are...

Currency War Series

Banxico plans to fight Trump effects with higher interest rate

Nov 16, 2016 09:17 am UTC| Commentary Economy Central Banks

Banco de México, popularly known as Banxico will announce interest rate decision tomorrow at 19:00 GMT and it is expected that the central bank will increase interest rate sharply to fight of the recent effects of a...

Currency War Series

US election outcome to determine Banxico's action next week

Nov 08, 2016 14:33 pm UTC| Commentary Central Banks Politics

The Mexican Peso remains vulnerable to developments in the U.S. elections which were reflected in the price action over the past two weeks. An improved likelihood of a Trump election victory was bad for the peso, while a...

Currency War Series

RBA remains on hold for 3rd straight month

Nov 01, 2016 05:53 am UTC| Commentary Central Banks

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) remained on hold for the third successive policy meeting in a row and is likely to maintain a neutral stance in the near term. The main change to the press release was the inclusion of a...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries gain ahead of FOMC’s October policy meeting minutes

The U.S. Treasuries gained during Wednesdays afternoon session amid a relatively quiet day ahead of the Federal Open Market Committees (FOMC) monetary policy meeting minutes for the month of October, scheduled to be...

UK gilts surge ahead of BoE MPC Treasury Committee Hearings, November PMIs

The United Kingdoms gilts surged during European trading hours Wednesday as investors remained side-lined amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance. However, investors attention...

German bunds jump ahead of ECB’s account of October policy meeting, Q3 GDP

The German bunds jumped during European session Wednesday amid silent trading hours that barely witnessed any data of major economic significance. But, attention remain glued to the European Central Banks (ECB) account of...

RBI likely to lower policy rate again on December 5 to revive Asia’s third-largest economy, says Scotiabank

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is expected to lower its policy rate again on December 5 to revive Asias third-largest economy, despite relatively elevated CPI inflation. The RBIs monetary easing will boost local equities...

Eurozone’s industrial recession spill-overs and slowing employment growth likely to affect services sector, says Capital Economics

The euro-zones services sector has held up relatively well so far this year. However, we expect spill-overs from the industrial recession and slowing employment growth to take a toll in the coming months. The latest...

Politics

Melania Trump maintains silence on impeachment investigations

There has been so much information and reactions made public at this point as the impeachment investigation against United States President Donald Trump. But apart from reactions from political analysts and other...

What happens to the East Wing if Donald Trump and Melania Trump get divorced

Even before winning the election, Donald Trumps statements and actions during campaign rallies were enough to cause a string of controversies. It was then not surprising that it continued even after he won the 2016...

Why Nixon's VP Spiro Agnew attacked the new media -- 50 years ago

Americans witnessed an unprecedented event 50 years ago: live television coverage on all three national networks of a speech by the vice president of the United States. Speeches by vice presidents never received such...

Fracking: how the police response is threatening the right to protest

The UK government has announced an immediate moratorium on fracking. The decision came after new scientific analysis concluded it was not possible to rule out future unacceptable impacts. Opponents of the controversial...

UK election 2019: hundreds of thousands of people could be in the wrong place when it's time to vote

The UK general election called for December 12 2019 raises important issues regarding who is entitled to vote, who will be able to vote and where they will vote. The electoral roll, which lists everyone eligible to...

Science

Nearly all your devices run on lithium batteries. Here's a Nobel Prizewinner on his part in their invention – and their future

British-born scientist M. Stanley Whittingham, of Binghamton University, was one of three scientists who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work developing lithium-ion batteries. L-R: John Goodenough;...

Advances in anti-ageing research: how chemistry could hold the key to better health

Given the opportunity to live much longer lives, many of us might feel less than thrilled at the prospect. After all, you might think, who would want to live an extra 20 years dealing with arthritis, dementia or heart...

Dark energy: new experiment may solve one of the universe's greatest mysteries

As an astronomer, there is no better feeling than achieving first light with a new instrument or telescope. It is the culmination of years of preparations and construction of new hardware, which for the first time collects...

Predicting research results can mean better science and better advice

We ask experts for advice all the time. A company might ask an economist for advice on how to motivate its employees. A government might ask what the effect of a policy reform will be. To give the advice, experts often...

Asteroid impact that could end humanity is happening, space nation leader claims

Asteroids are the most common space objects that fly by Earth almost daily. Some of them were detected too close to the time of their close approach, but there has never been an impact that took place in modern history....

Technology

Is ‘The Sims 5’ announcement in 2020 possible?

With only over a month left in 2019, the chance of getting an update on the development of The Sims 5 is much less. This leads to the next big question: is it worth it to anticipate an official announcement in 2020? The...

‘PUBG Mobile’ update 0.15.5 marks start of a new season

Within the past month, a couple of important updates have been released for PUBG Mobile. They did not only arrive with changes and performance improvements because the recent updates also added new gameplay features and...

iPhone 12 could be Apple’s first 5G-enabled smartphone

Whether or not Apple went all-out with its iPhone 11 series is still a debatable topic, and one aspect that makes it so is the absence of 5G support. Now, when looking forward to what iPhone 12 could offer, the upgrade to...

iOS 14 is anticipated with new screen modes, 5G support

If there is one thing that tech fans can certainly count on for 2020, it is the announcement and later release of iOS 14. Apple has not missed a year without announcing new operating systems for its products, and it is...

Pixelbook Go: Is it more priceworthy than the 2017-released Pixelbook?

This year, Google updated its lineup of Chromebooks with the launch of the Pixelbook Go. One of the most noticeable differences it has, then the 2017-released Pixelbook, is its price. However, it might also not be too...
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