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Friday, 29 May 2020 22:56 WIB

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the central bank's long-awaited program to lend to small- and medium-sized businesses is about to get off the ground. The Main Street lending facility, which will target companies with up to 15,000 employees, has been difficult to set up but is just about ready, Powell told Princeton University economist and former Fed official Alan Blinder in a webinar interview Friday. "We're days away from making our first loans in Main Street, he said. "We have three facilities that are part of it. They're meant to reach out to different parts of that...

RECENT NEWS
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...

Australia Cuts Key Rate to 0.25%, Announces Additional Measures
Thursday, 19 March 2020 12:09 WIB | RBA Australia

Australia central bank deployed its remaining conventional interest-rate ammunition and moved to additional policy measures to try to support an economy spiraling toward its first recession in almost 30 years. Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe cut the cash rate to 0.25%, its effective lower bound, in an emergency meeting Thursday Sydney. He said in a statement the board œwill not increase the cash rate target until progress is being made towards full employment and it is confident that inflation will be sustainably within the 2“3% target...

BOJ Adds Liquidity With $9.2 Billion Unscheduled Bond-Buy Offer
Thursday, 19 March 2020 10:04 WIB | BOJ Bank of Japan

The Bank of Japan offered to buy 1 trillion yen ($9.2 billion) of government bonds in another unscheduled operation, keeping up with its pledge to provide liquidity to markets. The yield on 10-year benchmark bonds extended its decline and was down three basis points for the day at 0.04% after the central bank said it plans to buy debt across the curve with maturities up to 25 years. The yield climbed to its highest level since December 2018 on Wednesday. œThe BOJ is strengthening its stance to provide ample liquidity to markets, said Mari Iwashita, chief...

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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...