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Tag Archives: Inflation

US Economic Momentum Slows, Rate Cut Possibility Rises 

Retail sales in the United States remained flat in April 2024, showing no change from the previous month. This followed a downwardly revised gain of 0.6% in March and defied market expectations of a 0.4% rise, suggesting consumer spending has slightly eased.   Out of the 13 categories tracked, 7 posted declines. Significant drops were seen […]

China’s Deflation Haze Temporarily Dissipates, Market Awaits Trade Barrier Developments 

China’s annual inflation rate rose to 0.3% in April 2024, surpassing market estimates and the previous month’s figure of 0.1%. It marked the third consecutive month of consumer inflation, amid an ongoing recovery in domestic demand despite a fragile economic revival.   Non-food inflation accelerated to 0.9% from 0.7% in March. Simultaneously, transport costs added 0.1% […]

U.S. Equity Markets Pause Awaiting Crucial Inflation Data Release 

On Tuesday, US stock markets exhibited a mixed closing, with investor sentiment swaying towards caution as the anticipation for the latest US inflation data heightened. Mild advances were seen in the S&P 500, creeping up by 0.14%, and the Nasdaq rose modestly by 0.32%. In contrast, the Dow Jones Industrial Average saw a slight decline […]

Bank of England Poised to Await Opportune Moment for Initial Rate Cut 

Brexit used to dominate the news headlines. By the end of January 2020, the UK formally parted ways with the EU. This, combined with a shift in the Bank of England’s leadership, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and global inflation challenges have all fueled uncertainty for the economy’s future. Will the UK manage to […]

Inflation Remains Stagnant in Euro Zone, Trade Activity Revives  

As of February 2024, the confirmed yearly inflation rate in the Euro Area was 2.6%, marking the lowest in three months, yet still surpassing the 2% target that the European Central Bank set. Energy prices dipped by 3.7%, compared to a 6.1% fall in January. Inflation growth experienced a slowdown for food, alcohol & tobacco […]

ECB Rate Cut Prospects Intensify as Economic Clouds Gather 

The independent European Central Bank (ECB), an integral part of the Eurosystem, is responsible for managing the monetary policy of the euro area that comprises twenty nations. It is based in Frankfurt, Germany, and works in conjunction with the national central banks of the euro area member states. The ECB’s primary goal, through its governing […]

Market awaits inflation data to gauge US rate cut likelihood. 

Financial market remains fixated upon future data from the United States, especially pertaining to inflation to gauge the likelihood of an early rate cut. Likewise, comments from Fed officials will be monitored at the same time, with at least ten are due to speak this week.   Previously, data from US showed that durable goods orders […]

UK Inflation Plunges in November: Surprising Dip

UK Inflation Takes a Dive in November In a noteworthy turn of events, the UK’s inflation rate took a dip to 3.9% in November, as reported by the Office for National Statistics. This marks a substantial decrease from the 4.6% recorded in the previous month. The slowdown is attributed to decelerating price hikes in various […]

Japan Soaring Inflation Sparks Frenzy, What’s Next for BOJ?

Unraveling the Dynamics: Bank of Japan’s Response to Accelerating Inflation In November 2023, Japan witnessed an unexpected surge in inflation, sending ripples through its economic landscape. For the first time in four months, the core consumer price index—which does not include the cost of fresh food—rose 2.9% over the prior year. Concurrently, the headline inflation […]