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European Open: Implied volatility spikes, BOJ gets active ahead of FOMC

Rising yields ahead of the FOMC meeting has seen the BOJ announce bond purchases, and implied volatility has risen notably for the next 24-hours.

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The SNB could surprise (again) with a larger than expected hike

The SNB (Swiss National Bank) are expected to hike interest rates tomorrow, which would send their rate above zero for the first time since 2011.

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RBA Meeting Minutes continue to point to a slowing of RBA rate hikes and what next for the AUDUSD

The focus this morning for local markets has been on the RBA Board meeting minutes for September and for possible clues it contained as to the Board’s view around the pace of future interest rate hikes.

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September 20, 2022 04:21 AM

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What is quantitative easing and how does it impact markets?

Quantitative easing is a monetary policy tool of central banks, which has received its fair share of criticism for causing inflation. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of QE and how it can impact the stock market and forex market.

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RBA Preview and what next for the AUDUSD

Next Tuesday, the RBA meets again and is widely expected to raise the cash rate. Once again, the main question will be by how much.

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July 29, 2022 12:14 PM
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Singapore swing, anyone?

We’ve noticed an interesting technical lsetup on USD/SGD, although with the FOMC meeting just hours away it could be a make or break moment for the setup.

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Traders see continued rate hikes over the next year, despite concerns of a recession

Will central banks be able to raise rates fast enough to keep higher inflation at bay, while simultaneously keeping the world out of a recession?

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July 18, 2022 08:30 PM

Bank of Canada recap: BOC surprises traders with a 100bps hike, USD/CAD falls below 1.30

The BOC’s relatively hawkish stance could keep USD/CAD capped below 1.3080.

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July 13, 2022 03:33 PM

Bank of Canada preview: BOC poised to hike another 75bps

The Bank of Canada will conclude its regular monetary policy meeting on Wednesday and traders are bracing for another rate hike…

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July 11, 2022 07:06 PM
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Bank of Mexico hikes 75bps after higher inflation reading

Will USD/MXN continue lower? It may depend on whether the central bank decides to hike another 75bps at its August meeting!

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June 24, 2022 03:57 PM
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Bank of Mexico hikes 75bps after higher inflation reading

Will USD/MXN continue lower? It may depend on whether the central bank decides to hike another 75bps at its August meeting!

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June 24, 2022 03:57 PM

Get ready for the ECB to hike rates (just not tomorrow)

The ECB are set to announce their monetary policy decision tomorrow, where the focus will be on forward guidance for rates from July onwards.

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RBA hike rates by a supersized 50bp and pile pressure on ASX200

At its monthly meeting this afternoon, the Reserve Bank Board surprised the market and raised its official cash rate by a supersized 50 bp from 0.35% to 0.85%.

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June 7, 2022 07:02 AM
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USD/JPY: Bullish momentum has stalled, but uptrend intact until Fed blinks

Looking ahead, expectations for FOMC policy will be a major driver for USD/JPY...

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May 16, 2022 06:15 PM

RBNZ come out swinging with their most aggressive hike in 22 years

In true RBNZ style, the central bank came out swinging with a punchy 50 bps hike to tame inflation (and inflation expectations).

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April 13, 2022 04:08 AM

RBNZ come out swinging with their most aggressive hike in 22 years

In true RBNZ style, the central bank came out swinging with a punchy 50 bps hike to tame inflation (and inflation expectations).

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April 13, 2022 04:08 AM
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Poland hikes rates 100bps to stem inflation; USD/PLN

The NBP is looking to stem rapidly rising inflation due to the Russia/Ukraine war.

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April 6, 2022 03:48 PM

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Banxico hikes rates 50bps; USD/MXN testing key support

The Central Bank of Mexico increased interest rates by 50bps and revised its inflation forecasts higher. However, it seems that USD/MXN traders were already expecting it!

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March 25, 2022 02:36 PM
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Lower headline Mexico CPI. Will Banxico hike tomorrow?

January headline CPI was weaker than December’s while the Core CPI was stronger. How will Banxico interpret this data?

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February 9, 2022 04:20 PM

How do interest rates impact financial markets?

Interest rates are a key factor in determining price action. When central banks hike or cut rates, the effects are felt across nearly every financial market, from stocks and bonds to currencies and commodities. Learn more in our guide to interest rates.

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Asian Open: RBNZ are expected to hike, but by how much?

How NZD pairs react today will likely be driven by whether RBNZ hike by 25 or 50 bps, and how hawkish that hike is deemed to be in their last meeting of the year.

The ‘Central Bank of Erdogan’ Sharpens its Rate-Cut Knife

Turkey’s central bank announce their rate decision at 11:00 today. And, if prior meetings are anything to go by, we suspect it will be another lively one.

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ASX200 firms ahead of RBA meeting minutes and Governor Lowe Speech

In volatile trading, the ASX200 staged an impressive late recovery to finish last week just 0.2% lower at 7443, courtesy of a 4.7% rally in the Materials Sector. All other sectors finished in the red, with Healthcare and Real Estate underperforming by the greatest amount.

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November 15, 2021 07:27 AM