Use of euro is increasing

A new study from ECB showed that euro has not suffered from all the events of the past years. On the contrary, in 2021 the use of euro in international bond issuance rose by 3% to 24.6% and the share of global foreign exchange reserve rose by half a percent to 20.6%. Euro has thus improved its position as the second most used currency after dollar.

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GBP remains volatile

The Bank of England announced that it would start making temporary purchases of long-term UK government bonds on September 28 in order to restore orderly market conditions. The British pound remained volatile, first rising to above $1.08 before dropping to $1.05.

Indian Rupee suffers losses

The Indian rupee hit a record low of 81.7 and is on track with the retreat of riskier currencies. This is due to recession fears and expectations of a hawkish Federal Reserve policy. Pressure on the rupee is also contributed to an increase in capital outflows from the country.

Serbian Dinar weakens

As a result of the Fed’s aggressive rate hikes, Serbian Dinar hits an all-time low against the US Dollar. USD/RSD rose 0.62% to 121.6800 from 120.9300 in the previous trading session.

EUR/USD below 0.98

The eurodollar fell under $0.98 for the first time in 20 years. This is just two days after Fed increased its interest rates by 75 bps and strengthened the dollar.

Swiss frank surprisingly declines

After the Swiss National Bank increased its rate by 75 basis points, the Swiss franc declined to 0.977 vs the US dollar. This event surprised those investors who were anticipating a stronger frank.  However, the action brought borrowing costs into the positive column for the first time since 2011.

Russia lowering interest rates

As expected, the Central Bank of Russia lowered its interest rates by 50bps to 7.5% during its September 2022 meeting. It was the sixth consecutive rate cut as current consumer price growth rates remain low. USD/RUB is up by 1.34% for the day.

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US GDP shrank by 0.6% in Q2

Following a quarterly decline of 1.6% in Q1, the US economy shrank by an annualized 0.6% in Q2 2022. This matches the second estimate and proves the US had, in fact, entered a recession. US stock indices continue to dive lower.

German inflation is sky-high

The rate of consumer price inflation in Germany increased to 10.0% year-over-year in September 2022. Inflation surpassed market predictions of 9.4% and marked the highest level since 1951 when it peaked at roughly 11.0%.

Crypto Punks NFTs traded 1m ETH

Crypto Punks, the most popular NFT project, just reached an important milestone. The total trading volume on OpenSea crossed 1 million Ethereum today, which is more than $1.3 billion at ETH’s price now. On average, a Crypto Punk NFT sells for approximately $100k, but someone bought Crypto Punk 2924 for $4.3 million today.

FTSE continues to drop

FTSE 100 stock index fell nearly 2% below 6,900, putting significant selling pressure on London’s stocks. Concerns about the interest rate hikes to control inflation continue to hurt markets. Moreover, the effect of the UK’s questionable fiscal strategy on global economic growth continued to dominate sentiment.

WTI Crude oil recovers losses

Worries about limited global supply helped WTI crude futures rise 2% to $80, pulling away from 9-month lows at $76 earlier this week. Hurricane Ian caused a reduction in US crude output of around 190,000 barrels per day, or 11% of the Gulf’s total.

GBP remains volatile

The Bank of England announced that it would start making temporary purchases of long-term UK government bonds on September 28 in order to restore orderly market conditions. The British pound remained volatile, first rising to above $1.08 before dropping to $1.05.

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