Hong Kong’s Monetary Authority Raised Interest Rates 25bps Lockstep with US Federal Reserve

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), Hong Kong’s de-facto central bank, raised its benchmark interest rate for a eighth time this year, following the US Federal Reserve, by 25 basis points to 5.00% on Thursday. The latest move brought borrowing costs in the city to the highest level since January 2008. Hong Kong raises rates in line with the Fed due to the Hong Kong Dollar’s peg to the US Dollar. Hong Kong’s economy is not a strong position with … Continue reading “Hong Kong’s Monetary Authority Raised Interest Rates 25bps Lockstep with US Federal Reserve”

2023 Year of the Rabbit, What Does it Mean for You and Financial Markets

The lunar new year typically falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice and is celebrated in countries across East and Southeast Asia, including China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, and Taiwan. The year of the rabbit in the Chinese zodiac occurs every 12 years and the next one begins Sunday January 22, 2023. Lunar New Year is also known as the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival when Asian communities around the world this year will say … Continue reading “2023 Year of the Rabbit, What Does it Mean for You and Financial Markets”

Australia Trade Surplus Widened in November to $13.2 billion With Iron Ore Exports Higher 7.9%

Australia posted a trade surplus of A$13.2 billion in November exceeding expectations for a surplus of A$10.5 billion following the A$12.217 billion surplus in October and $12.5 billion in September. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported exports dipping 0.4 per cent and imports falling 1.5 per cent over the month. The report was amid softening global demand as China battled with a resurgence of coronavirus infections. Australia’s’ leading exports were Metal ores and minerals exports (iron ore) $14,502 billion up … Continue reading “Australia Trade Surplus Widened in November to $13.2 billion With Iron Ore Exports Higher 7.9%”

Australian Consumer Confidence Jumps as Household Inflation Expectations Eased

Weekly Consumer confidence climbed 4.9 points last week to 87.4, starting the new year with the first increase since 2018, ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer survey showed on Tuesday. Inflation expectations dropped from the end of 2022, falling 0.9% to 5%. Its moving average for the last four releases fell 0.3 percentage points to 5.7 per cent. Confidence is still well below the neutral level (100) and the long-run average of 111.7. Highlights Adelaide Timbrell, a senior economist at ANZ. Source: ANZ … Continue reading “Australian Consumer Confidence Jumps as Household Inflation Expectations Eased”

China’s Reopening to Add ~1% to Australian Growth Through Tourism and Education – JPM

Australia’s economy will get a big boost from the end to China’s zero-Covid policy over the next two years JPMorgan said in a note Saturday. JPMorgan’s chief investment strategist Tom Kennedy said “The largest potential upside from reopening itself sits within the services sector given China is the largest consumer of Australian tourism and education exports.” JPM sees a full recovery in Australia’s tourism adding 0.5% to its gross domestic product and the return of international students from China will … Continue reading “China’s Reopening to Add ~1% to Australian Growth Through Tourism and Education – JPM”

Piedmont Lithium Surges on Amended Tesla Deal for Spodumene

Piedmont Lithium amended its agreement with electric vehicle maker Tesla to deliver approximately 125,000 metric tons of spodumene concentrate (SC6) to Tesla. The deal begins in the second half of 2023 through the end of 2025 with an option to renew for an additional three years. Piedmont Lithium shares $PLL are trading higher+7.9%, with an option to renew for an additional three years. Tesla Inc. is set to pay more for the lithium after PLL amended their deal amid the … Continue reading “Piedmont Lithium Surges on Amended Tesla Deal for Spodumene”

China’s Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Markets Plunged in 2022

China’s blue chip stock indices closed down sharply this year. The Shanghai Composite stock market ended down -15.1% for the year, the Shenzhen Component plunged 26% to 11,016 in 2022, both benchmarks notched their first annual losses since 2018. It has been a tumultuous year for Chinese investments with the implosion of China’s property sector and China’s Covid Zero policy, which it abandoned in late December as the virus spread rampant through the country. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was down 15.5% … Continue reading “China’s Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Markets Plunged in 2022”

Hong Kong’s Monetary Authority Raised Interest Rates in Lockstep with US Federal Reserve

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), Hong Kong’s de-facto central bank, raised its benchmark interest rate for a seventh time this year, following the US Federal Reserve, by 50 basis points to 4.75% on Thursday. Hong Kong raises rates in line with the Fed due to the Hong Kong Dollar’s peg to the US Dollar. Hong Kong’s economy is not a strong position with the government forecasting a 3.2% gross domestic product contraction for 2022 on weak global demand and … Continue reading “Hong Kong’s Monetary Authority Raised Interest Rates in Lockstep with US Federal Reserve”

Iron Ore Prices Hit Four Month High on Zero Covid Easing & China’s Property Curve

Benchmark iron ore futures in China gained for a fourth straight week. Iron ore prices have taken a hammering since the Chinese zero Covid policy however it has steadily risen since November lows. Prices for the most actively traded iron ore futures on the Dalian Commodity Exchange for iron ore cargoes with a 63.5% iron ore content for delivery into Tianjin rose to $110 Friday, the highest since mid-August. Analysts were anticipating demand for iron ore to collapse as China … Continue reading “Iron Ore Prices Hit Four Month High on Zero Covid Easing & China’s Property Curve”

Chinese New Homes Prices Fall for Sixth Straight Month in Melting Property Market

With all the noise China is making about rescuing its deflated property market the evidence of the depth Chinese developer and housing collapses were gaining momentum. It was the sixth straight month of decrease in new home prices, the steepest pace in the sequence, and the fastest fall since August 2015. China’s Average new home prices in China’s 70 major cities dropped another 1.6 percent year-on-year in October 2022. The fall follows on from a 1.5 percent decline the prior … Continue reading “Chinese New Homes Prices Fall for Sixth Straight Month in Melting Property Market”