Yen Rises on Speculation of Decreased Demand for Carry Trades
With global equity markets floundering, the yen posted gains against the dollar and the euro today as currency traders bet that investors will continue to unwind carry trades and pay back the yen-based loans acquired to fund the carry trades. More
Loonie Falls on Weakening Commodity Prices
Pound Gains on Dollar
Minutes of the last Bank of England meeting suggest that the Bank considered interest rate cuts even greater than the 150 basis point cut actually implemented earlier this month. The minutes show that Governor Mervyn King is willing to cut rates below the current 3 percent rate if necessary to fight the economic slowdown griping the economy. More
Russia Rapidly Depleting Foreign Currency Reserves to Prop Up Ruble
The Russian Central Bank is burning through the country’s foreign currency reserves – third only to China and Japan – in a bid to prop up the ruble as falling oil prices are reducing revenue to the point that investors are selling Russian-based assets in favor of other investment alternatives. More
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