from Expert Zone:

India Markets Weekahead: All eyes on RBI

September 25, 2016

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A police officer stands guard in front of the RBI head office in Mumbai

The Nifty gained 0.6 percent during the week to end at 8,831, in line with strength in global indexes after risk appetite improved on the Fed’s policy decision. Mid-cap and small-cap indexes outperformed their larger peers, gaining 2 percent and 1.5 percent respectively, and FIIs were net buyers to the tune of $445 million. The rupee rose to close at 66.6 against the dollar.

from Breakingviews:

Fed “forward guidance” blows too much smoke

September 22, 2016

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

from Expert Zone:

India Markets Weekahead: Volatile days ahead

September 18, 2016

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A volatile trading week left investors confused on the direction of markets, and the Nifty ended almost 1 percent lower at 8,780. FIIs were net sellers to the tune of $106 million during the week.

from Expert Zone:

India Markets Weekahead: Book profits at every opportunity

September 11, 2016

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A volatile week saw the Nifty surging on Tuesday after weak U.S. jobs data, with liquidity gushing in for the next two days followed by a correction on Friday after the ECB left policy rates unchanged. The decision gives room for the U.S. Fed to consider raising interest rates in the near term, which is likely to hit inflows to emerging markets like India. North Korea’s nuclear test also seemed to rattle sentiment. The Nifty finally closed at 8,866, up about 0.7 percent.

from Expert Zone:

India Markets Weekahead: Wait for a correction

August 28, 2016

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Markets remained sideways in the absence of any major trigger and the Nifty ended the week lower by 1 percent at 8,592. The index failed to breach the 8,700-8,750 band yet again as caution prevailed ahead of a speech by Fed Chair Janet Yellen, who told a global monetary policy conference after Indian markets closed on Friday that the case for a rate increase in the U.S. had grown stronger.

from Blogs Dashboard:

If you are in St Louis, buy gas on a Tuesday or Wednesday

May 3, 2016

If you are in St Louis, buy gas on a Tuesday or Wednesday

The pass through from low gas prices to U.S. consumer spending is a fraught issue and central banks say it is being distorted by the zero lower bound. Now another complication, if you are in St Louis.
According to calculations from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, you can save up to $60 a year if you buy gas on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Gas prices are most expensive on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and fall sharply in midweek, with Tuesday almost 4 cents a gallon cheaper than the average price.
"The simplest explanation is that most consumers aren't aware of the cycles. Even if some were aware, they may not care enough about saving a few dollars to change their behavior," the study found.

from Morning Bid with David Gaffen:

Yellen The Gradualist

March 29, 2016

Investors remain fickle in a market that gives them a few nice pieces of data only to yank away that optimism. Monday’s figures on personal consumption and gross domestic product (revised lower, as expected) again brought out the chattering classes nervous that the Fed will suddenly stand fast on its seeming expectation to raise rates again before long.

from Morning Bid with David Gaffen:

Draghi Pulls Out the Big Guns

March 10, 2016

U.S. equities are having a somewhat expected reaction to the European Central Bank's decision to expand asset purchases by 20 billion euros per month and move into buying euro-denominated corporate bonds as well, and investors in addition are shifting away from the euro and into other currencies, with the dollar up by more than 1 percent against the euro and as the single currency falls against the yen and pound as well.

from MacroScope:

Federal Reserve’s loss is Bank of Canada’s gain

March 3, 2016

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco produces some of the U.S. central bank's best research on labor markets and monetary policy. And it's from there that the Bank of Canada plucked its newest deputy governor,

from MacroScope:

Valentine’s Day disappoints after Star Wars surge

March 2, 2016

By Lindsay Dunsmuir

The Fed’s Beige Book, a compendium of anecdotes from business contacts across the U.S. central bank’s 12 regional districts, is not known for tickling detail.  But it seems one regional Fed district – Boston to be precise – is paving the way in bringing a bit of relatable life to the usually dour document. In January’s report it pointed out that a toy company in its district reported strong sales “largely driven by the new Star Wars movie.” This time, it seems that all that movie-related spending has left locals with little money to spend on love. “Sales of Valentine’s Day items usually spike a few days before the holiday, but this year sales were lackluster,” the Boston Fed reported. Next time around, will we find out that children were deprived of their chocolate Easter bunnies? It’s anyone’s guess, but it seems like the researchers in Boston are minded to let us know.