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Tuesday, 7 July 2020 14:06 WIB

Australia™s central bank chief highlighted worries among households and businesses about the health and economic outlook, as the nation™s successful run of Covid-19 containment was rocked by a new outbreak, damping the economy™s otherwise improving prospects. Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Philip Lowe kept the cash rate and three-year yield target unchanged at 0.25%, as expected. Soaring job advertisementsand retail sales suggest the economy is recovering, yet a spiraling rate of cases in Australia™s second-largest city is a stark reminder of ongoing...

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The Fed 'is working hard to support you now,' Powell says in rare morning-television interview
Thursday, 26 March 2020 18:47 WIB | Federal Reserve

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell in a rare morning-television appearance Thursday, told Americans the central bank "is working hard to support you now." The $2 trillion stimulus package passed by the Senate last night will provide immediate relief to workers affected by the shutdown of the economy, Powell said. The Fed's role will be to make sure the eventual recovery is as strong as possible, he added. Powell said the U.S. economy may already be in a recession, but said he expected economic activity to resume in the second half of the year. He said the central bank would continue to...

The Federal Reserve Just Pledged Asset Purchases With No Limit To Support Markets
Monday, 23 March 2020 20:53 WIB | The Fed Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve said Monday it will launch a barrage of programs aimed at helping markets function more efficiently in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Among the initiatives is a commitment to continue its asset purchasing program œin the amounts needed to support smooth market functioning and effective transmission of monetary policy to broader financial conditions and the economy. That represents a potentially new chapter in the Feds œmoney printing as it commits to keep expanding its balance sheet as necessary, rather than a commitment to a set amount. The Fed also...

Fed and Other Top Central Banks Take Steps to Enhance Dollar-Swap Lines
Friday, 20 March 2020 21:28 WIB | The Fed Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve on Friday announced it was taking steps with five major central banks to enhance the dollar swap lines designed to make dollars available to foreign institutions. In a statement, the Fed said the central banks would undertake daily 7-day maturity operations rather than weekly ones. The central banks will continue to hold weekly 84-day maturity operations. The central banks of Canada, England, Japan and Switzerland will take part, along with the European Central Bank. Dollar funding market strain has played a major role in market turmoil, experts say. Source : Marketwatch

RBA Offers to Buy $2.9 billion in First Bond Purchase Operation
Friday, 20 March 2020 08:24 WIB | RBA

The Reserve Bank of Australia offered to buy as much as A$5 billion ($2.9 billion) of government bonds on Friday, purchasing debt to lower yields now that its exhausted conventional policy ammunition. Australian bonds held gains after the announcement, with three-year yields down 5 basis points to 0.3% as of 11:25 a.m. in Sydney, while 10-year yields were down 20 basis points at 1.29%. The Aussie dollar rose as much as 1.1% to 58.04 U.S. cents. The central bank said it will purchase securities maturing in July 2022, April 2023, November 2027 and May 2028. RBA Governor Philip...

SNB keeps rates unchanged at -0.75%, USD/CHF off 3-week highs
Thursday, 19 March 2020 15:52 WIB | SNB,

At its March quarter monetary policy assessment held this Thursday, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) board members decided to leave the monetary policy settings unchanged. The SNB left the benchmark sight deposit rate unchanged at -0.75%. The central bank maintained the 3-Month Libor Target Range steady between -1.25% to -0.25%, as widely expected. On the expected rates on-hold decision by the SNB, the Swiss franc extended the recovery from a three-week high vs. the greenback, with USD/CHF testing the 0.9700 support area. The Swiss National Bank conducts the country's monetary policy as an...

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Fed's Powell: 'Medical Metrics' Most Important Data for U.S. Economy Now: CBS
Monday, 18 May 2020 08:06 WIB

The most important data for the U.S. economy right now are the "medical metrics around the coronavirus pandemic, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Sunday night in broadcast remarks...

MONETARY
RBA cuts Official Cash Rate by 25 bps to 0.50%, AUD/USD jumps
Tuesday, 3 March 2020 10:38 WIB

At its March monetary policy meeting on Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut its official cash rate (OCR) by 25bps to a record low of 0.50%, as they weighed in the coronavirus outbreak...