Forex News and Rumors

Indian interest rates unchanged

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has kept interest rates at record lows in a continuing effort to return the economy to growth. More

UK Retail sales fall for a third month in a row

Retail sales have fallen for a third successive month this month as recession-hit consumers tighten their belts, the CBI reports today.

In its monthly distributive trades survey, 32% of retailers reported that sales were higher than a year ago, while 47% said they were lower. The resulting balance of -15% marked the third month in a row of declining sales. More

John Kingman to step down as UKFI chief executive

The Government was facing further embarrassment today over its handling of the UK banking crisis after the man in charge of managing the taxpayers’ interest in the nationalised and part-nationalised lenders announced that he is to step down. More

Australia warns of asset bubble risks
Glen Stevens, governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia, said the dangers of too much borrowing chasing up asset prices had been all too evident in other countries.

“These risks have been reasonably contained so far in Australia, but it would be prudent not to push our luck here,” he told a charity lunch. More

Regulator report blames speculators for oil price swings

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is planning to issue a report next month that suggests that wild swings in oil prices were significantly driven by speculators, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website on Tuesday. More

EU to renew US bank scrutiny deal

The EU plans to renew an agreement allowing US officials to scrutinise European citizens’ banking activities under US anti-terrorism laws. More

Latest GDP to Show Progress, But Recovery Is Still Uncertain

Only optimists, however, may be willing to say the GDP report is the beginning of something powerful.

“I think this is a number that’s going to have a big impact,” counters Robert Brusca, chief economist of FAO Economics. “Everybody is talking about earnings data. The better the economy gets, the more people start looking at earnings. Right now, the most important thing is the environment. If GDP turns around, that’s the best earnings news you can have.” More

Fed’s Plosser: Rate Hike May Come Sooner Than Expected

“I think we will probably have to begin raising rates sometime in the not-too-distant future,” Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser said in an interview published on the Wall Street Journal Web site. More

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
Alfonso Esparza