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Bernanke Preview

July 18, 2006
Given the heightened uncertainty about the near-term outlook for US monetary policy, this week’s semi-annual congressional testimony by the Federal Reserve Chairman will be closely scrutinized for clues. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s semi-annual testimony before Congress this week is looked.
The risk is that the market is disappointed. F…
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Could Bernanke be Dollar Negative?

July 14, 2006
The US dollar has recovered nicely from the sell-off that culminated in the immediate aftermath of the disappointing jobs data at the start of the month. These gains were scored despite the movement of interest rate differentials against the US. The fact that the premium the US offers over the euro-zone has narrowed also means that US debt instrum…
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Policy Dilemma Eases

June 16, 2006
US data in recent days helped ease concern that the economy is not strong enough to withstand the kind of tightening the Federal Reserve may need to enact in order to return inflation and inflation expectations back within officials comfort zone. And make no mistake about it, the pendulum of market sentiment has swung hard, abandoning the one and …
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How Now Greenback

June 09, 2006
We can identify thee main considerations when trying to ascertain the near-term outlook for the US dollar: market positioning, interest rates and the G7/IMF. Let’s review each, but to cut to the chase, the first two seem dollar supportive, though the third may exert pressure in the other direction.
Market Positioning
The market had amassed substanti…
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Strong Dollar in Word, Benign Neglect in Deed

June 02, 2006
The disappointing May employment data caught the market wrong-footed. The pricing of the July Fed funds futures contract had implied almost a 75% chance of a 25 bp hike later this month prior to the data and the combination of weaker than expected payroll growth and a moderate rise in hourly earnings have seen the odds fall toward 40%. As one woul…
Strong Dollar in Word, Benign Neglect in Deed Strong Dollar in Word, Benign Neglect in Deed Reviewed by magonomics on June 02, 2006 Rating: 5
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