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  • China Takes Over As Top Trading Partner!

    In This Issue.

    * Currencies rally led by A$.

    * RBA cuts rates, but talks hawkish.

    * Greece announces a bond buyback.

    * Bank of Canada next up.

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  • 110 Billion euros For Greece...

    In This Issue..

    * Aid Package for Greece is approved...
    * Aussie Gov't proposes a 40% mining profit tax!
    * ANZ Commodity Price Index rises 14th consecutive month!
    * Jobs reports this week...

    Good day... And a Marvelous Monday to you! Well... I'm back in the saddle today... It's been a long time, now, I'm coming back home. I've been away now, oh how, I'm coming home! Yes... I'm actually here, at my desk, and I'm not squinting, I'm not closing my eyes, and I'm not in pain! YAHOO! I've decided to go 'patchless' for now at least... More later on what's going on with the removed eye...

    Front and center this morning... Greece accepted the bail out terms from the Eurozone yesterday, and Germany says that Greece should have their funds by Friday... After months of hemming and hawing about whether Greece should receive funds, or whether or not Germany would actually release funds to Greece, it looks as though it's all coming to an end.... For now!...
  • Germany Talks Tough!

    In This Issue..

    * Euro's big rally stalls...
    * Problems with Greek Aid Package?
    * A U.S. debt update... (you're not going to like it!)
    * What about the $53 Billion?

    Good day... And a Marvelous Monday to you! It was a wet, and sometimes dangerous weather wise weekend here in St. Louis, as a couple of tornados touched down on Saturday. It's still raining outside, and even though the euro got to get out of the rain for a bit on Friday, it's raining on the euro's parade once again this morning.

    Yes... As I left you on Friday, Greece had announced the activation of an aid package, and momentarily, things looked up for the beleaguered Eurozone. The euro continued to gain throughout the day on Friday, and well, looked like it was about to 'break out'... But that was Friday, and today is Monday... And all the euphoria surrounding Greece on Friday has been thrown out with the bathwater, and it's back to euro bashing this morning......
  • Hitting Parity!

    In This Issue..

    * BOC removes the interest rate governor...
    * The loonie passes parity...
    * Euro succumbs to renewed Greek pressure...
    * RBI raises interest rates!

    Good day... And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! Who's that? Who's that writing the Pfennig this morning? Well... It's our old Pfennig writer himself! I thought I would give this a try to see how it feels to concentrate and write... So... Here I am!

    Hello everyone! I want to start today with a great big THANK YOU to everyone that sent along prayers, thoughts, good wishes, and everything else to me last week... Yes, it's me! I'm going to take a stab at writing again after two weeks... It's been a turn on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride the past two weeks, but I'm here... I'm out of cancer pain... And... Ready for life's next fork in the road....
  • Tale of two trading sessions...

    In This Issue..

    * Tale of two trading sessions...
    * Commodities rally overnight...
    * India raises rates, Sweden next?...
    * Happy Birthday Frank...

    Good day, we have had two very different trading sessions in the past 24 hours, with the dollar benefitting from continued worries about Greece and Goldman Sachs in yesterday's US trading session; but Asia saw things a bit differently and started moving money back into 'risk' assets. Early trading in Europe mirrors the moves in Asia, so the dollar is heading lower as I turn the screens on this morning.

    Only one piece of data was released yesterday here in the US, with the Leading Economic Indicators index climbing 1.4%, the most in 10 months. The index beat economists estimates, and February's figure was revised up to .4%. This data indicated the US economy is on track to continue to recover, but the markets seemed to just ignore this data as they focused on the lawsuit against Goldman Sachs....
  • US data comes in stronger than expected...

    In This Issue..

    * US data comes in stronger than expected...
    * Worries over Greece pushes dollar higher...
    * China grows at 11.9%...
    * Australia may look to pause?...

    Good day, it is tax day which is not usually a happy day for the 51% of the folks who have to pay the taxman. Chuck would take the opportunity to break into the Beatles song right now, but I'm not as good with lyrics, so you will just have to hum it in your head. The dollar was down in trading yesterday, as most of the data released was positive and emboldened traders to move money out of safe havens. But overnight the Asian markets decided to take the dollar higher, and the Europeans are continuing to buy greenbacks. I'll get to what caused the big change in a second, but first I will review all of the data we got yesterday morning....
  • Details of Greek aid package boosts the euro...

    In This Issue..

    * Details of Greek aid package boosts the euro...
    * Officially the US recession is still not over...
    * Commodity currencies take a breather...
    * Polish zloty holds steady after tragedy...

    Good day, and welcome to another week. It is a holiday here in St. Louis, as it is the home opener for Cardinal nation. Looks like the fans will have an absolutely perfect day for the celebration, with sunny skies and temps in the upper 70's. Opening day truly is a local holiday, and a big number of workers will be calling in sick in order to go downtown to enjoy the festivities. Let's hope the Cardinals can bring the home crowd a winner!

    The EU gave the euro a big boost over the weekend as they announced the details of a $61 billion aid package for Greece. The announcement of the details calmed the markets and sent the euro shooting up close to $1.37 for the first time since mid March. The plan was hammered out back on March 25th, but details of how the aid package would be structured were not revealed, causing many to question it. Now that the details have been revealed, traders reversed some of their short positions and the euro has recovered....
  • Confidence sends the dollar lower...

    In This Issue..

    * Confidence sends the dollar lower...
    * Good data for the US boosts Mexico and Canada...
    * The Fed exits stage left...
    * Pound rallies, but don't be fooled...

    Good day, only two more days left in March, and April brings Chuck back to the desk. The dollar bears returned to the markets yesterday as most every currency moved higher versus the dollar.

    Confident investors kept the dollar on the run yesterday as they went shopping for yield. The commodity currencies ruled the day again, with Australia, Norway, and Brazil's currencies all posting gains nearing 1.5% vs. the US$. Greece successfully sold 5 billion euros worth of bonds in the first sale since the EU reached agreement on a stability plan. The sale emboldened investors who moved funds out of their 'safe haven' parking spots in the Japanese yen and US dollar. It seems we are back to the risk on / risk off trading pattern which dominated the currency markets over the past year. Good news for the US or global economy means bad news for the safe havens of the US$ and yen, while the opposite occurs whenever the global recovery is called into question....
  • Euro falls as Greece pushed toward IMF...

    In This Issue..

    * Euro falls as Greece pushed toward IMF...
    * Decision on Norwegian interest rates...
    * Canadian dollar rises...
    * Kiwi to outpace Australian dollar...

    Good day, the dollar gained ground across the board as the news hit that the IMF will be brought in to help rescue Greece. The dollar was also helped by data which showed existing housing sales fell by less than expected in February. We will get additional news on the status of the US economy today, with the release of durable goods and new home sales numbers for February. We will get a rate decision by the Norwegian central bank today, which could stoke calls for higher rates here in the US. But the big news overnight is concerning the euro (again!).

    The euro sold off by a full percentage point vs. the US$ after both Germany and France are reported to have agreed to have the IMF involved in aid to Greece. This is an about face for European leaders who announced last week that they had agreed on a European solution to the Greek crisis. But Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel threw a spanner in the works a week ago when she said Germany would not participate in giving Greece financial aid. This threw the euro into crisis mode again, as the 'agreement' reached early last week never materialized....
  • Merkel throws Greece under the bus...

    In This Issue..

    * Merkel throws Greece under the bus...
    * Canadian dollar moves higher...
    * China policy causes carry reversal...
    * Jobs data to move the markets...

    Good day... And good morning to all of you. I arrived in the 'sunshine' state only to find rain and cold. It is actually a bit colder here than back home in St. Louis, but the trip down went well, I got to do my run on the beach, and I had a great dinner with a large group of EverBankers last night; so I'm not going to let the weather get me down.

    The German's broke rank with the rest of the EU and suggested Greece should turn to the IMF for support. The euro had rallied over the past couple of days after it seemed the EU finance ministers had agreed on a loan facility to back the Greek government. But Germany's Angela Merkel threw a cat among the pigeons today when she said Greece should not look to the EU but should turn to the IMF if it needs aid. So traders immediately started selling the euro again as the black cloud of a possible Greek default fell hung back over the market....
  • Greek debt is the euro's Sword of Damocles....

    In This Issue..

    * Greek debt crisis continues to hang over the euro...
    * Moody's says the UK and US debt ratings are secure, for now...
    * Swiss National Bank lets the franc appreciate...
    * Lots of data on tap in the US this week...

    Good day, and welcome to another week. The alarm clock seemed to go off an hour early this morning, as my body hasn't yet adjusted to daylight savings. I have heard several reasons for the semi annual adjustment of our clocks, but still don't buy into it. I think everyone should just agree to leave the clocks alone and I for one vote to leave them where they are right now, giving us an extra bit of sunlight in the evenings. We didn't see much sun here in St. Louis this weekend, as a soft spring rain has been coming down for the past 3 days....
  • Bailout Package For Greece Put On Hold...

    In This Issue..

    * Euro rally fades on latest Greek development...
    * Brazilian real rallies...
    * Canadian loonie ratchets higher...
    * Another Geithner smoking gun?

    Good day... And a Tub Thumpin' Thursday to you! It's Tub Thumpin' because... I say so! Every day's a new day... And for someone like me that had two strikes called on me before I knew the pitch was even coming... Every day is special!

    I want to thank every one that sent along a note of good wishes, and advice to tell the people that decide that email is a good way to ruin someone's day, good riddance... I'll have more on this in the Big Finish...

    But what a day the currencies had yesterday! The euro gained ground all the way back to 1.3730 (but saw some profit taking at the end of the day) and all the other currencies followed in step... Now... There's two ways to look at this... Either the euro is like a star that's getting ready to burn out... (it always shines brightest before it burns out), or... It's like a star that had been covered up by another planet, and is coming back into view!...
  • U.S. States In Deep Trouble!

    In This Issue..

    * A long history of dollar moves...
    * Canadian GDP jumps 5%...
    * U.S. Traders didn't like the Greece package...
    * Getting out of Dodge...

    Good day... A Wonderful Wednesday to you! I hope your Tuesday was Terrific! Day one with just my little buddy Alex and me at home went off without a hitch... I took him to the jazz guitar teacher, and he sounded great! He auditions for the high school jazz band on Thursday. He'll be just a freshman, so it will be quite the uphill battle for him to make the band in his first try... But... He's so darn good!

    Well... I have to say front and center this morning, that while it may have taken the currency traders 1/2 day to realize that Australia had raised rates, to finally begin to push the A$ higher VS the green/peachback... I was beginning to think yesterday that I was going to have to have egg all over my face again, when the A$ didn't respond right away... But it was all right on the night, so it's no egg on the face for me!...
  • RBA Hikes Rates!

    In This Issue..

    * A long history of dollar moves...
    * Canadian GDP jumps 5%...
    * U.S. Traders didn't like the Greece package...
    * Getting out of Dodge...

    Good day... Well... I'm back in the saddle! And a Terrific Tuesday to you! It didn't take long for me to get the emails started telling me how wrong I am again... WOW! Of course, I wonder where these people have been the last 9 years, as when 9 years ago I was the first writer to issue a white paper calling for the long term down trend for the dollar... Or, in 2002, when everyone was writing off the euro, I wrote the white paper, 'The Year of The euro'... Or in, 2005, when everyone called for the collapse of the euro... But not me... Or, in 2008, when everyone called for the collapse of the euro... But not me...

    Is this time different? I doubt it... Lose value for 6 more months? In my opinion yes... But then returning to the underlying weak dollar trend. Look folks, if you really think that by sending me emails telling me I'm wrong, and I'm stupid, and everything else, that I'm going to change my mind on this... Then you might as well stop! Or... Start writing that great American, NOT! George Soros, and tell him how great he is......
  • Japanese Investment Trusts To Buy A$'s?

    In This Issue..
    * Currencies recover from Discount rate hike...
    * Gold recovers too...
    * An idea for Greece...
    * Loonies fueled by Oil and Gold...

    Good day... And a Marvelous Monday to you! Happy Birthday George Washington! One of my fave past Presidents for sure! And I'm so excited about this, it can't wait until the last paragraph... How about that U.S. Men's Hockey VS Canada game last night? WOW! I had a reader ask me a couple of months ago why I didn't mention the U.S. Under 20 men's hockey Championship, which came against Canada... So there, hopefully I made up for that missing comment!

    Well... Front and Center this morning... Let's start with this... Consumer prices rose 0.2% in January, equaling the increases in December and November. Market expectations going into the report had been for a slightly larger 0.3% rise. Core prices surprisingly fell 0.1% in January following the 0.1% rise recorded in December and the flat reading in November. On a year-over-year basis, the overall CPI index rose 2.6% in December....