Dec. 15, 2015, 5:06 AM
- Sweden's central bank has kept its key lending rate unchanged at a record-low of -0.35% and refrained from boosting it bond purchasing program in a bet that a surge in growth will propel the economy out of three years of zero inflation.
- "Developments in the Swedish economy have been somewhat stronger than expected, while uncertainty remains globally," the bank said. "There has been an upward trend in inflation since last year, but it is not yet on a firm footing."
- The Riksbank's outlook for rates to first rise in early 2017 was also kept unchanged.
- ETFs: EWD, FXS
Oct. 28, 2015, 6:29 AM
- Sweden's Riksbank has expanded its bond-purchase plan for a fourth time since February as policy makers face continuing peer pressure to keep up with stimulus measures in the eurozone.
- While holding its benchmark repo rate unchanged at -0.35%, the Riksbank said it would expand its bond-buying program by 65B Swedish crowns ($7.65B).
- The move follows a speech from ECB President Mario Draghi last Thursday, which spoke of ramping up the eurozone's €1T quantitative easing program in December.
- ETFs: EWD, FXS
Sep. 17, 2015, 4:49 AM
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- ETFs: FXE, RSX, VGK, EUO, EWG, GREK, FEZ, HEDJ, RUSL, EWP, RUSS, EWI, ERO, DFE, IEV, ERUS, RSXJ, EWU, EU, EWL, EPV, EZU, SWZ, NORW, GF, EWD, EWQ, RBL, EPOL, DRR, PLND, DAX, EIRL, EWO, CEE, TRF, IRL, FEU, DXGE, HEWG, DBGR, GXF, EWN, GUR, EWK, EEA, EUFX, EURL, EWGS, FDD, ULE, PGAL, ESR, FEP, UPV, EDEN, DBEU
Jul. 2, 2015, 4:58 AM
- Sweden's central bank unexpectedly lowered its main interest rate deeper into negative levels today and expanded its bond purchases to the end of the year, saying uncertainty abroad had increased and it was difficult to assess the consequences of the situation in Greece.
- The repo rate was cut to -0.35% from -0.25%, while the country expanded its bond purchasing program by 45B kronor ($5.3B) to the end of year, adding to the 80B-90B kronor that was already announced.
- ETFs: EWD, FXS
Mar. 20, 2015, 8:30 AM
- Now up 17% YTD, the Stoxx Europe 600 this week had its highest close since 2000, and is just 1% shy of its all-time high hit in March 2000.
- The big move has early-year bulls like Goldman Sachs and Citigroup scrambling to lift their year-end targets.
- "There’s something much more sustainable here,” says a strategist in London. “Sentiment was bearish in the eurozone for a long, long time. It’s just starting to change.” Indeed. Recent BAML fund manager surveys show bullishness on European stocks has reached uncharted territory.
- Previously: BAML survey: Fund managers move out of U.S. stocks (March 17)
- ETFs: VGK, EWG, FEZ, EWP, EWI, IEV, HEDJ, EPV, EZU, EWD, NORW, EWQ, EIRL, EWO, GXF, FEU, EWN, EWK, EDEN, FEP, EWGS, UPV, PGAL, EURL, DBGR, DAX, ENOR, ADRU, FEEU, DXGE, EFNL, FGM, DBEU, QDEU, IEUR, FIEU, HEWG, QESP, HEZU, ESTX, SBEU, FEUZ, DBEZ
Feb. 12, 2015, 6:17 AM
- Along with Ukraine's new peace agreement, European shares are heading higher as euro-area finance ministers put off decisions on Greece’s bailout terms until next week.
- Greek officials were unable to reach a deal to stay in an EU bailout program yesterday, and will return to Brussels on Feb. 16 to try to end the deadlock.
- Meanwhile, Sweden’s central bank cut its main interest rate into negative territory and announced a bond-buying program this morning, sending European shares even higher.
- ETFs: GREK, EWD, FXS
- FTSE 100 +0.4%; DAX +1.6%; CAC 40 +1%; Euro Stoxx 50 +1.4%.
Jan. 30, 2015, 5:41 AM
- Heightening the risk of a slide toward deflation, Eurostat today reported the largest decline in consumer prices in the eurozone since July 2009.
- Consumer prices were 0.6% lower than in January 2014, having fallen 0.2% on an annual basis in December.
- The plunge in consumer prices is unlikely to have an immediate effect on the ECB's €60B/month QE package, although the longer prices stay in negative territory, the more pressure the central bank will have to extend the program.
- FTSE 100 -0.6%; DAX -0.5%; CAC 40 -0.7%; Euro Stoxx 50 -0.5%.
- ETFs: EWG, GREK, EWI, EWL, EWD, EWQ, EPOL, PLND, EWO, EWN, EWK, EDEN, PGAL, DBGR, DAX, DXGE, EFNL, FGM, FSZ, QDEU, HEWG
Dec. 31, 2014, 11:34 AM
- Nearly all the ETFs involved are single-country funds, with 22 seeing reduced fees, and 19 increases. First up is the list of funds seeing cuts and the number of basis points:
- EWA 3 basis points, EWO 3 bps, EWC 3 bps, EWQ 3 bps, EWG 3 bps, EWH 3 bps, EWM 3 bps, EWS 3 bps, EWP 3 bps, EWD 3 bps, EWL 3 bps, ENZL 3 bps, EWU 3 bps, EWK 2 bps, EZU 2 bps, EWI 2 bps, EWJ 2 bps, SCJ 2 bps, EWW 2 bps, EWN 2 bps, EIRL 2 bps.
- Next are the funds with increases; all are by one basis point: EWZ, BKF, ECH, EEM, EIS, EZA, EWY, EWT, THD, TUR, ERUS, EPU, EWZS, MCHI, ECNS, INDA, EIDO, EPHE, EPOL.
- Previously: Vanguard lowers fees on 12 ETFs
Nov. 21, 2014, 7:27 AM
- "We will do what we must to raise inflation and inflation expectations as fast as possible," Mario Draghi told a banking conference, promising faster asset purchases as needed.
- The Stoxx 50 (NYSEARCA:FEZ) is higher by 2.2%, led by a 2.4% gain in Spain (NYSEARCA:EWP) and a 2.3% advance in Italy (NYSEARCA:EWI). Germany (NYSEARCA:EWG) and France (NYSEARCA:EWQ) are up 2%, and the U.K. by 1%.
- The euro (NYSEARCA:FXE) is down 0.9% and buying $1.2432.
- ETFs: VGK, FEZ, EWP, DFE, IEV, HEDJ, EWL, EPV, EZU, EWD, NORW, EIRL, EWO, FEU, EWN, EWK, EDEN, FEP, EWGS, UPV, EURL, ENOR, ADRU, FEEU, EFNL, GERJ, DBEU, EURZ, FSZ, IEUR, FIEU, QESP, SMEZ, ESTX, HEZU, FEUZ
Aug. 14, 2014, 6:46 AM
- Euro-Zone GDP failed to grow in the second quarter following 12 months of weak growth, causing European equity markets to fall and increasing pressure on the ECB to do more to boost growth and inflation.
- Data released this morning by the European Union's statistics office translates into 0.2% growth in annualized terms, down from the first quarter's 0.8% pace.
- The euro zone's three largest economies, which account for two-thirds of the region's €9.6T ($12.8T) GDP, all did not post any growth. German GDP shrank 0.2% from the first quarter and Italy's output fell at a similar pace. The French economy, the bloc's second largest behind Germany, stagnated for a second straight quarter.
- The region's next largest economies, Spain and the Netherlands, posted some growth but not enough to offset their larger peers.
- ETFs: FXE, RSX, VGK, EUO, EWG, FEZ, GREK, EWP, EWI, DFE, RUSL, ERO, RSXJ, IEV, ERUS, RUSS, EWL, HEDJ, EU, EWU, EPV, EUFN, EZU, EWD, NORW, EWQ, EPOL, EIRL, PLND, RBL, EWO, DRR, GXF, FEU, EWN, GUR, EWK, EDEN, FDD, EWGS, FEP, ESR, UPV, EUFX, PGAL, ULE, IFEU, DBGR, ENOR, ADRU, EWUS, EUDG, DXGE, FEEU, GERJ, URR, FGM, EFNL, EURL, FKU, FSZ, DXPS, RUDR, EURZ, DBEU, QDEU, IEUR, FIEU, EUMV, HEWG, SMEZ, QESP, DBUK, QGBR
Jul. 3, 2014, 8:10 AM
- The Swedish krona is the world's worst performing currency today after the Riksbank unexpectedly slashes its benchmark rate by 50 basis points to 0.25%. A cut had been expected, but the size of the reduction has taken most by surprise.
- The move comes following the ECB's rate cut last month, and with the zero bound fast-approaching, some suggest the Riksbank will have to look to unconventional measures next.
- The OMX Stockholm 30 Index is up 1.1%
- ETF: EWD.
Jun. 5, 2014, 7:55 AM
- The Stoxx 50 (FEZ) is up 0.8% after being about flat ahead of the ECB rate decision, at which the central bank cut all three of its benchmark rates, including taking the deposit facility rate into negative territory.
- Italy (EWI) with a 1.3% gain and France (EWQ) ahead 1% lead the way.
- The euro (FXE) tumbles about 40 pips, now off 0.3% on the session and buying $1.3563.
- Europe equity ETFs: RSX, VGK, EWG, FEZ, GREK, EWP, EWI, DFE, RUSL, IEV, RSXJ, EWL, ERUS, EWU, RUSS, EPV, EZU, EWD, HEDJ, NORW, EWQ, EPOL, EIRL, PLND, EWO, RBL, GXF, EWN, FEU, EWK, FDD, EWGS, FEP, EDEN, UPV, EWUS, DBGR, PGAL, ADRU, ENOR, GERJ, DXGE, FEEU, FGM, EURL, FKU, EFNL, EUDG, DXPS, FSZ, EURZ, FIEU, RUDR, DBEU, HEWG, DBUK
- Euro ETFs: FXE, EUO, ERO, DRR, EUFX, ULE, URR
- ECB chief Mario Draghi's press conference begins at 8:30 ET.
Dec. 31, 2012, 11:56 AM
Dec. 18, 2012, 8:29 AM
The Riksbank cuts its benchmark rate 25 basis points to 1% as it lowers its forecast for 2013 Swedish GDP growth to 1.2% from 1.8% estimated just 2 months ago. The CPI forecast is cut to 0.3% from 0.7%, and the bank wants it moving back in the direction of its 2% target. EWD +15.6% YTD.| Dec. 18, 2012, 8:29 AM
Sep. 6, 2012, 7:21 AM
Sweden's Riksbank unexpectedly cuts rates 25 basis points to 1.25%, citing weakness in the eurozone as lowering its expectations for exports and economic growth. The bank also notes a quick appreciation in the krona and nobody seems to want a strong currency these days. The rate decision wasn't unanimous - one member wanted a 50 bp cut.| Sep. 6, 2012, 7:21 AM
Mar. 28, 2012, 12:11 PMEuropean shares closed sharply lower, led by Spain, as a decline that started in the States around 3 PM yesterday makes its way around the globe. Stoxx 50 -1.4%, Germany -1.1%, France -1.1%, Italy -0.3%, Spain -2%, U.K. -1%. Euro -0.2% at $1.3290. | Mar. 28, 2012, 12:11 PM | 1 Comment
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