The Biggest Pusher of Easy Money, Former Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke Warns on Stagflation in New Book

What do you do you do when you are the man that espoused easy money through Quantitative Easing, took it to new levels and the bloated world you created implodes? You write a book about it of course. That’s exactly what former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has done and of course he warns in his new book that the United States could face simultaneous sky-high unemployment and inflation on levels not seen since the 1970s. Any mention of his … Continue reading “The Biggest Pusher of Easy Money, Former Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke Warns on Stagflation in New Book”

Dutch Central Bank Chief First ECB Governor To Raise Prospect of 50Bps Rate Rise

A top European Central Bank official has raised the prospect of a half percentage point rate increase in July. Dutch central bank chief Klaas Knot said if inflation continues to climb then rates may need to be raised. This was the first time such an aggressive shift has been suggested. The ECB left rates unchanged as expected in April. The bank left deposit facility interest rates at -.50%. Highlights Dutch central bank chief Klaas Knot is one of the more … Continue reading “Dutch Central Bank Chief First ECB Governor To Raise Prospect of 50Bps Rate Rise”

Banco de México Raises Rates Again with Inflation Risk to Mexican Economy

The Mexican Central Bank, Banco de México raised interest rates by 50 basis points to 7.00% with the bank saying headline and core inflation forecasts were revised upwards. One dissenter voted to hike by 75 bps. The Mexico central bank Governing Board increased the target for the overnight interbank interest rate by 50 basis points to 7.00%. The vote was not unanimous. Voting in favor of the decision were Victoria Rodríguez, Galia Borja, Gerardo Esquivel, and Jonathan Heath. Voting in … Continue reading “Banco de México Raises Rates Again with Inflation Risk to Mexican Economy”

Federal Reserve Financial Stability Report Warns on Worsening Liquidity Risks

The Federal Reserve released its twice–yearly report on financial hazards in its 2022 financial stability report warning the recent deterioration in liquidity has not been as extreme as in some past episodes but the risk of a sudden significant deterioration appears higher than normal. They also noted commodities have been subject to notable dysfunction. Federal Reserve 2022 financial stability report Highlights‘ “According to some measures, market liquidity has declined since late 2021 in the markets for recently-issued U.S. cash Treasury … Continue reading “Federal Reserve Financial Stability Report Warns on Worsening Liquidity Risks”

Bank of England Raises Interest Rates Fourth Time to 1.00% and Forecast 10% Inflation and Recession Early in 2023

The Bank of England MPC at its May meeting raised the bank rate by 25 bps from 0.75% to 1.00%, as expected. The vote was 6-3 vs 8-1 expected (Haskel, Mann, Saunders voted to raise bank rate 50 bps to 1.25%). The BoE said some further modest tightening may be appropriate in the coming months. The move followed a day after the Federal Reserve raised rates by a half of a percent at their May meeting. Inflation is at the … Continue reading “Bank of England Raises Interest Rates Fourth Time to 1.00% and Forecast 10% Inflation and Recession Early in 2023”

Brazil Central Bank Aggressively Raises Rates For Tenth Consecutive Time, Another 100bp to 12.75%, Signals More To Come

Banco Central do Brasil​ again aggressively hiked its benchmark interest rate by 1.0% to 12.75%. It was the tenth consecutive interest rate hike since 2021 when the bank began its current tightening cycle early last year, the Selic was at a record low 2%. The lending rate is now at its highest level since 2017. The bank’s monetary policy committee (Copom) said it expects to raise the Selic by a smaller magnitude. Inflation is the issue of concern. The institution’s … Continue reading “Brazil Central Bank Aggressively Raises Rates For Tenth Consecutive Time, Another 100bp to 12.75%, Signals More To Come”

Federal Reserve Raises Rates 50 Basis Points First Time Since 2000 as Expected

The Federal Reserve raised rates by a half of a percent at their May meeting. This was the first time the bank raised rates this much since May 2000 when the Fed was led by Alan Greenspan. The Central Bank raised interest rates by 0.50% (to a target of 6.5%) back then. That was the last time the Fed would ever raise interest rates by that much in one move until day. The rate hike was priced in. The Balance … Continue reading “Federal Reserve Raises Rates 50 Basis Points First Time Since 2000 as Expected”

RBA Raises Rates From Record Low 0.10% by 25 bps to 0.35%

The Reserve Bank of Australia raised interest rates off an all-time low on Tuesday to 0.35% higher than the widely expected 15 bps after the April monthly statement no longer featured the phrase “the board is prepared to be patient”. This indicated the rate cycle has accelerated. This is the first-rate hike by the RBA since 2010. The Australian dollar popped 0.7090 to 0.7140 on the decision, while the ASX 200 dropped on the announcement. RBA patience coming to an … Continue reading “RBA Raises Rates From Record Low 0.10% by 25 bps to 0.35%”

ECB Leaves Rates Unchanged as Expected, Stresses on Flexibility in Making Future Decisions

ECB left rates unchanged as expected in April. The bank left deposit facility interest rates at -.50% and held steady rates on the main refinancing operations and on the marginal lending facility unchanged. ECB reaffirmed commitment to end bond purchases in Q3 this year. Stresses on flexibility when it comes to making any future decisions. ECB Monetary Policy Decision 14 April 2022 Deposit facility rate -0.50% Main refinancing rate 0.00% Marginal lending facility 0.25% Highlights Reaffirms that APP purchases will … Continue reading “ECB Leaves Rates Unchanged as Expected, Stresses on Flexibility in Making Future Decisions”

Monetary Authority of Singapore Tightened Monetary Policy to Slow Inflation’s Momentum 

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Singapore’s central bank tightened its monetary policy on Thursday. The MAS manages monetary policy through exchange rate settings, rather than interest rates. The authority re-centered the mid-point of the Nominal Effective Exchange Rate, or S$NEER, at the prevailing level of the S$NEER. It also increased slightly the rate of appreciation of the policy band. The MAS adjusts its policy via three levers: the slope, mid-point and width of the policy band. The Monetary Authority of … Continue reading “Monetary Authority of Singapore Tightened Monetary Policy to Slow Inflation’s Momentum “