Last week we were surprised to see a 25 basis point rate cut by Australia – whose inflation and unemployment levels are in a healthy range – so to now see that even China has cut interest rates, well, that’s telling you something significant about the weakness and risks facing global growth.
First Rate Cut Since [...]
Emergency talks on the Euro crisis are now being planned by the G7 – and this is being reflected in first-time ever historic lows on German bund yields. Investors are now paying for the opportunity to retain the principal value of their investment. Yields have turned negative. Yes, let me repeat that.
The 2-yr German bund [...]
The rate at which investors are willing to lend the U.S. government money for ten years just reached a new near-term low on May 31, 2012. Financial commentators were calling it “mesmerizing.” How could so many people be so willing to lend money for so long and be paid so little for it?
What Is the [...]
This week, three more Canadian banks report on their second quarter earnings. While we see only average profit growth (due to less volume growth and tighter margins), capital gains are higher than expected.
Scotiabank’s Q2 Report
Bank of Nova Scotia (TSX: BNS) reports on Tuesday and is expected to give an estimate of $1.15 in earnings per [...]
Slowly but surely, the reserve currency status of the United States dollar is transitioning into a lesser role, at least for China. As early as June, the AP reports, the Yen and Yuan will begin direct trading without the use of the USD as a “cross-currency” intermediary. This means that the USD will no longer [...]