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North American Edition2013-05-23 10:09 UTC
Markets were frayed in Europe. Very heavy action followed yesterday's comments from Bernanke, the FOMC minutes, overnight data weakness in China and a stock market collapse in Japan. The dollar, which had started the Asian session on the front foot, weakened into the European open amid a sharp liquidation via yen-funded carry trades after the Nikkei 225 closed 7.32% lower. By the time liquidity rose after the London open USD-JPY had dropped from over ... Read More ►
European Edition2013-05-23 07:14 UTC
Markets are still reeling from yesterday's Bernanke testimony and Q&A session, which covered both sides of the QE debate, though his admission that tapering could come in the next few meetings, depending on data, saw a big fallout in risk-trades. This was backed up by the FOMC minutes, which also echoed this view, while in Asia, there were heavy losses related to a big drop in China manufacturing PMI, while JGB market volatility also unnerved ... Read More ►
Asian Edition2013-05-22 19:19 UTC
It was a choppy day in FX Land, with most of the gyrations the result of comments from Bernanke in his JEC testimony and Q&A. The greenback faded initially, as the Fed chief indicated QE would not be tapered any time soon (which naturally took equities racing higher). Later in Q&A, Bernanke contradicted himself to a degree, saying tapering could commence in as soon as a few FOMC meetings. This resulted in stocks paring gains, and the dollar ... Read More ►
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