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Forces that Reflate

September 15, 2006
Over the past several weeks the US dollar has been largely confined to well worn ranges against the major foreign currencies. The equilibrium implied by range trading environment might be giving investors a false sense of security. There are a number of developments in other markets that warn that the calm in the foreign exchange market might not …
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G7: Lots of Thunder, Little Rain

September 08, 2006
Encouraged by French and German comments implying concern about the weakness of the yen, next week’s G7 and IMF meetings are taking on new significance in the foreign exchange market. Given the heightened uncertainty, speculative players are likely to continue to reduce their exposures in the days ahead. This means that the risk is on the dollar’s…
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Notes on the Capital Markets and a Modest Proposal

August 25, 2006
When assessing the uniqueness of the US economy, the flexibility of its labor markets is often cited as a critical factor. Businesses indeed have a largely free hand in hiring and firing workers. The unionization rate among the private sector continues to trend lower and dissent over tactics led to a split in organized labor about a year ago. Ther…
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Where in the World are the Bond Vigilantes?

August 16, 2006
Investors and speculators have sometimes acted to impose financial discipline when they have concluded that officials are being too lax. The economist Ed Yardeni coined the name “bond vigilantes” to describe such participants when they are doing this. With the third year of a strong global expansion, rising commodity prices and nearly every countr…
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Beware the Ides of August

August 11, 2006
The historic significance of August 15 tends to be under appreciated. It is the day in 1620 that the Mayflower set sail from Southampton with 102 Pilgrims aboard that were destined to change the world. As they celebrated their anniversary 15 years late, the Plymouth colony was hit by its first hurricane. In 1914 the Panama Canal opened, which was …
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Curiouser and Curiouser

July 28, 2006
In response to the disappointing preliminary Q2, the market took bond yields lower and the dollar with it. The market downgraded the likelihood of a Fed hike on August 8. Indicative pricing in the Fed funds futures market implies the odds of a hike have fallen to about a 33% chance, the lowest since mid-June and well off the 85% chance seen at the…
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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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