Economic Conditions

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  • The Fed is on hold, likely until December.

    See You in December

    The US dollar has lost another 0.5% against most of the major currencies today, as Asia and Europe respond to the Fed's decision.  There are few exceptions to this generalization.  The Norwegian krone has gained nearly three times as much, with the help of its central bank, which has played down for lower rates at today's meeting.  The euro is at its lowest level against Nokkie since the end of last year. 

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  • Merkel's moment is fading as is the dollar's support, and the EU has a summit.

    Merkel's Support Fades, as does the Dollar's

    The US dollar, which finished last week on a firm note, is under pressure to start the new week that features Bank of Japan and Federal Reserve meetings.  The slighter stronger August CPI reading helped lift the greenback ahead of the weekend, but investors continue to see a low probability of a Fed hike this week. 

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  • European politics are in the news this week just as much as the Fed.

    The Fed Meeting is Overshadowing European Politics

    Yellow lights are flashing.  Bonds remain heavy despite a weak spate of data that would seem to remove nearly any chance that Fed will hike rates next week.  The implications of the disappointing retail sales data indicates that estimates for Q3 GDP will be revised lower. 

    This quarter does not seem to be the breakout that had appeared to be the case previously.  The output from industrial sector, which accounts for a little less than GDP fell in August, and the July gains were shaved in revision.  

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  • There is a lot of news, but next week's FOMC meeting looms.

    The Day's Data/Events Likely not to Push the Needle

    Looking at the diary, today is the most important day of the week. The Bank of England and the Swiss National Bank meet.  The UK reports retail sales.  EMU reports CPI figures.  The US reports retail sales, industrial output, and two September Fed surveys.  Yet the economic updates are unlikely change sentiment ahead of next week FOMC and BOJ meetings.

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  • Dramatic market moves exemplify investor anxiety.

    Searching for Stability

    The markets are trying to catch their collective breath after yesterday's dramatic moves.  The sharp slide in US equities may have weighed on Asian markets, but losses are mild. Still, the MSCI Asia-Pacific Index was off 0.8%, the fifth consecutive losing session. European bourses are slightly firmer, but appear to be awaiting the US open for stronger directional cues.   

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