UK to raise interest rates
Unlike Federal Reserve, Bank of England has announced that it is hiking the interest rates from the pandemic low of 0.1 % to 0.25 %. Even though this is only a minimal increase it is very probable that it is first of many. The interest rates hike might have come mostly due to 10-year high that the U.K. inflation number hit in November.
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Eurozone Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell to 48.9 in September of 2022 from 49.8 in August, and Germany Services PMI also dropped to 45.4 from 47.7. UK Services PMI also falls from 50.9 to 49.2, but France surprises with a rebound from 51.2 to 53.
Doug Ramsey, the COO of Beyond Meat, was detained this weekend. Ramsey is accused of biting a man’s nose in a parking garage in Arkansas following a college football game. He was lodged in the Washington County jail after being accused of third-degree battery.
Spain’s trade deficit increased from EUR 1.60 billion in July 2021 to EUR 6.56 billion in July 2022. Spain’s imports rose 37.1% to an almost record high. This created the greatest trade deficit since December 2008, led by energy products, capital goods, non-chemical semi-manufactures, food, drinks and tobacco.
The annual inflation rate in the Euro Area was confirmed at a record of 9.1% in August of 2022, compared to 8.9% in July. The highest contribution came from energy again. The Eurodollar holds around the parity level.
Today, President Joe Biden will announce the approval of $900 million funding for building EV charging stations. It should take place in 35 states and is a part of $1 trillion infrastructure bill that was approved in November of last year. Over the next 5 years about $5 billion will be granted to states to build thousands of EV charging stations.
In August 2022, the annual inflation rate in the Czech Republic decreased for the first time in 14 months to 17.2% from 17.5%, well below the market expectations of 17.6%. So it looks like 7% interest rates are starting to affect their inflation, and it’s coming back down.
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China continued its lockdowns that appeared to hurt its economy as the rest of the world said goodbye to COVID. The nation’s real estate market and stock market suffered as a result. Currently, the government has directed state banks to buy equities to stop excessive selling.
Interpol issued a red notice on Do Kwon, the co-founder of Terraform Labs. Do Kwon insists that he is not hiding, but it is unclear where he is because Singaporean authorities claim he is not in the country.
The Nikkei 225 Index dropped 2.66% to 26,430, finishing at its lowest point in more than two months and following the lead of a downbeat Wall Street market. Increased inflationary pressures, increasing interest rates, and concerns of a global recession continue to put pressure on risk assets.
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.
Russia took the first step toward legalizing crypto, and it benefits everyone. Kommersant reported that the country’s Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev and the Bank of Russia have settled on using cryptocurrency for cross-border payments. Locals are permitted to process international payments using crypto.
Rate hikes from all central banks worldwide are pushing markets lower. In the last week, DAX 40 fell by 4%, S&P 500 by 6%, and Dow Jones by 5%. Commodities followed, with WTI Crude Oil down 8% and natural gas down 11% for the week.