Jackson Hole Symposium set to get underway today

  The Kansas City Federal Reserve is set to host the 45th Annual Symposium at Jackson Hole Lodge in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. Some of the countries and world’s most important central bankers, economists, and academics will be meeting to discuss the biggest issues facing the global economy. The key issue on the agenda is of ...

August 26, 2022
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AUD drops on Employment Figures

The Aussie Dollar has seen a drop in its price due to wage and unemployment data released over the past day and a half. The economic data shows that unemployment has fallen to its lowest level in nearly 50 years with the jobless rate at 3.4% compared to analysts expecting the figure to remain at 3.5%. Wages also rose modestly in the last quarter to...

August 18, 2022
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Reserve Bank of Australia hikes Cash Rate by 0.50%

    The Reserve Bank of Australia, (RBA) has increased the Country’s cash rate by half a percent to combat the rising inflation in its latest cash rate change. The increase was in line with most analyst’s expectations as the RBA continues to fight inflation and bring it back into the 2-3% range. The current forecast from the RBA...

August 2, 2022
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RBA preview – likely 50bp hike incoming

Todays RBA policy meeting is expected by most analysts to result in a 50bp hike as the bank tries to play catch up and get on top of elevated inflation figures.   The slightly lower Q2 CPI  figures released last week has seen futures markets price out what was earlier feared could be a 75bp supersized move, a 50bp hike would see the ban...

August 2, 2022
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US dollar drops as the economy shrinks by 0.9% for the last quarter.

US economic data revealed last night shows that the country’s GDP has shrunk by 0.9%, although some are remaining positive that a recession may still be avoided. Despite the worrying figures, Federal Reserve Chair, Jerome Powell, outlined his belief that due to low unemployment figures of 3.6% and a strong market for jobs with 11 million job open...

July 29, 2022
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Australian CPI figures increase to 6.1%

The Australian Consumer data was released today with Consumer Price Index rising to 6.1% over the past 12 months. For the quarter, the CPI rose by 1.8% which was 0.1% lower then what analysts expected the figure to be. This was also lower then the 2.1% jump seen in the previous March quarter. The most significant contributors to the increase were n...

July 27, 2022
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Reserve Bank of Australia releases its minutes from the July meeting

The Australian dollar has begun the week relatively strongly after gaining some momentum from RBA's most recent meeting. The board pushed across quite a hawkish sentiment sparking the rise in the AUD. They found that the current slowing growth across the market and global sphere created that was “becoming skewed to the downside.” The board e...

July 19, 2022
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AUD/USD’s reaction to the yesterday’s RBA interest decision

The AUDUSD pair has reached an intraday peak of 0.72469 following the RBA decision. The buying action was spurred on by Aussie bullish investors after the RBA decided to increase the interest rate by 50 basis points to 0.85%. This increase was higher than the consensus of 25 basis points. The RBA is on track to raise the interest rate a few ...

June 8, 2022
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Powell indicates higher interest rates to come as Oil jumps again

US indices were down today as Jerome Powell indicated that the Federal Reserve is going to increase interest rates at a higher and faster rate than currently in place. US equities dropped after Powell’s speech. Ultimately the major indices ended relatively flat by the close of trading. The Nasdaq closed down 0.40% after taking a breather from its...

March 22, 2022
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Markets continue to consolidate after the Federal Reserve increased interest rates

US markets continued their gains overnight as the market continued to rally on the back of the prior day’s Federal Reserve news. The Nasdaq finished up 1.33%. The Dow Jones Index closed 1.23% higher and the S&P 500 ended the session 1.23% higher as well. In Europe, the FTSE performed well finishing up and 1.28%, and the DAX closed at 0.36% lo...

March 18, 2022
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US indices have a bumper session on the back of positive direction given from the Federal Reserve

US indices had a bumper day of trading as the Federal Reserve increased interest rates by 25 basis points. The Reserve is also expected to raise rates to between 1.75% and 2.00% by the end of the year, with 7 increases expected till the end of 2022. The Federal Reserve made it clear that they are doing their utmost to fight inflation. Jerome Powell...

March 17, 2022
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The Federal Bank and how it affects us

All major countries’ economies have one thing in common; they are all subject to a central bank. Here in Australia is no different, we have the RBA Reserve Bank of Australia. Their roles are largely the same everywhere: a key role of central banks is to conduct monetary policy to achieve price stability (low and stable inflation) and to he...

January 27, 2022
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Preview: the Bank of Canada rate decision

One of the must-watch economic events this week will be the Bank of Canada interest rate decision. The rate decision is due to be announced at 15:00 PM London time on Wednesday. Why is the announcement important? A bank interest rate is a rate at which a country's central bank lends money to local banks. The interest rate is charged by the nat...

January 19, 2021
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Interest Rates: Ultra Low, Near Zero or Negative?

In a pandemic-induced environment, central banks and governments have absorbed all the shocks of the virus on the financial markets by injecting massive liquidity in the economy, keeping credit flowing and supporting the global economy with huge fiscal stimulus plans to manage an unparalleled health and economic crisis. Governments and Central ...

September 22, 2020
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A Cautious Fed

A Cautious Fed FOMC Meeting Investors were eagerly looking forward to the Fed’s statement and forecasts for clues on how the Fed is viewing the health of the economy after easing lockdown measures. Global central banks have played a crucial part in absorbing the pandemic-induced shocks in the global economy. Together with huge fiscal intervent...

June 11, 2020
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