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Central Bank Monkey Business: Should Central Banks Determine Exchange Rates?

Central Bank Monkey Business: Should Central Banks Determine Exchange Rates?

Foreign exchange rates are usually determined by real exchanges on the FX market. In recent years, central banks have been playing a much larger role when determining their own foreign exchange rates - But should central banks be determining exchange rates?

GBP Slips as BoE Delays Hike and Lowers Forecasts

GBP Slips as BoE Delays Hike and Lowers Forecasts

The Bank of England monetary policy announcement and press conference went broadly as expected today, with the central bank holding off on raising rates while maintaining that they will rise gradually over the forecast period.

Week Ahead: U.S. Fed and BoE to Guide Markets

Week Ahead: U.S. Fed and BoE to Guide Markets

The U.S. dollar is mixed against major pairs ahead of the March Federal Open Market Committee meeting. The Fed is expected to deliver its first interest rate lift under Chair Jerome Powell. More about when this may happen here.

Market rates vs. Central Bank rates

Market rates vs. Central Bank rates

In recent years, Central Banks around the world have made the news with more frequency than ever before. How can global businesses identify which are the "right" exchange rates to use - market rates or Central Bank rates?

Central Bank Activism: A Grain of Salt with Fed and BoC Announcements

Central Bank Activism: A Grain of Salt with Fed and BoC Announcements

In a world rife with geopolitical unpredictability – businesses hang their decisions off any monetary policy snippets emanating from Central Banks. Here's why corporates shouldn't react to the Fed and Bank of Canada’s every word. 

Week Ahead: Dollar Retreats as Trade War Talk Escalates

Week Ahead: Dollar Retreats as Trade War Talk Escalates

U.S. Employment Data and 4 Central Banks - including RBA, BOJ, BOC, and ECB - will guide markets this week. Here's what you need to know.

Notable Week for Prominent Central Bankers

Notable Week for Prominent Central Bankers

Inflation figures will be released for both the U.S. and eurozone; we’ll also hear from a number of central bankers including the heads of the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and Bank of England.

U.S. Dollar Looking for a Toe Hole

U.S. Dollar Looking for a Toe Hole

The EUR dismissed the European Central Bank's attempt to talk the currency down this week, while the ‘big’ dollar continues its efforts to hold onto yesterday’s advance.

US Tax Reform, Brexit, and Bitcoin to Dominate into Year End

US Tax Reform, Brexit, and Bitcoin to Dominate into Year End

December will be dominated by Donald Trump’s pledge on tax reform, Brexit negotiations, and Bitcoin's remarkable run. 

Central Banks in Spotlight as Trump Readies Fed Chair Announcement

Central Banks in Spotlight as Trump Readies Fed Chair Announcement

Despite a calm Monday so far, it won't last long with the rest of the week packed full of major economic and political events that should ensure markets remain quite volatile.

US Dollar at 3 Month High After Dovish ECB Awaits Fed and Jobs Report

US Dollar at 3 Month High After Dovish ECB Awaits Fed and Jobs Report

This week will be full of indicators as well as political events that will impact markets. We cover them all right here. 

ECB Decision: “Lower for Longer” or “Higher for Shorter”?

ECB Decision: “Lower for Longer” or “Higher for Shorter”?

The market now fully expects the ECB to announce plans to reduce bond purchases at today’s meeting. We outline 2 possible outcomes.
 

Latin America’s Tug of War: Central Bank determination versus Political Upheaval

Latin America’s Tug of War: Central Bank determination versus Political Upheaval

Latin America’s Central Banks are working feverishly towards stability, but find themselves undermined by a persistent foe: political turmoil. We examine the surprises that financial professionals may find when factoring in the region’s diverse Central Bank activity. 

The Crypto Conundrum: Planning for Central Bank Adoption of Digital Currency

The Crypto Conundrum: Planning for Central Bank Adoption of Digital Currency

Record-setting prices for cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin, have caught the attention of the South African Central Bank who looked to issue their own digital currency. But where does cryptocurrency fit in with monetary policy?