The African Diaspora Interbank Market News Scan as of 9:23 am EDT

Currency PairExchange Rate
GBP/USD1.2279
USD/XCD2.7000
GBP/XCD3.3154
USD/JMD149.3670
GBP/JMD183.4111
USD/DOP54.0112
CAD/XCD2.0955
CAD/JMD115.9230
USD/NGN415.4450
GBP/NGN510.1340
EUR/USD1.0576
USD/BTC0.0000
GBP/BTC0.0000
EUR/BTC0.0000
CAD/BTC0.0000

 Source: OANDA

The African Diaspora Interbank Market News Scan as of 9:24 am EDT

Foreign Exchange, Africa, Caribbean, United States, Great Britain

I haven’t done an interbank market news scan in some time.  I have decided to focus the scan on the African Diaspora looking at the US dollar in terms of certain African and Caribbean nations.  I expect this scan to expand in the future.

Currency PairExchange Rate
GBP/USD1.2274
USD/XCD2.7000
GBP/XCD3.3140
USD/JMD149.6490
GBP/JMD183.6780
USD/DOP54.1987
CAD/XCD2.0940
CAD/JMD116.0620
USD/NGN414.4900
GBP/NGN508.7400
EUR/USD1.0555

 Source: OANDA

27 June 2022

Interbank Market News Scan: Biden releases budget; inflation may not be that high next year; Nigeria’s central bank injects liquidity

Interbank, Pakistan, rupee. “The rupee reached a new record low on Monday, selling at 182.19 against the dollar in the interbank market, as political uncertainty triggered by a no-confidence move against Prime Minister Imran Khan weighed on sentiment, dealers said.” See article here. Source: The International News.

Interbank, Nigeria, naira, Access Bank. Similarly, (Access Bank) states that operating expenses at bank-level was up marginally by 2% year on year, showcasing the effectiveness of cost-cutting measures whilst also noting that FX rates on the Interbank market continued upward trend by 6% year on year to stand at N424 per dollar mainly driven by rate adjustments and lean supply. See article here. Source: Nairametrics.

Interbank, Pakistan, rupee. “The buying rate of 1 SAR to PKR was Rs 48.050 and the selling rate of 1 SAR to PKR was Rs 48.850 in the interbank market on Mar 28, 2022.” See article here. Source: BOL News.

Interbank, LIBOR, SOFR. “With a war waging in Central Europe, inflation at 50-year highs and the U.S. central bank looking to raise interest rates multiple times this year, you’d think that the average mortgage banker already has a pretty full plate. But add to the list of woes the Fed’s abortive transition from Libor to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate or SOFR and you have a recipe for disaster later this year.” — Christopher Whalen. See article here. Source: National Mortgage News.

Interbank, Nigeria, open market operations, naira. “In pursuant of its pro economic growth monetary policy the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, increased its net liquidity injection into the interbank money market by 110 per cent  to N770 billion in the first quarter of the year, Q1’22, from N367 billion in the fourth quarter of last year, Q4’21.” See article here. Source: Vanguard Nigeria.

Interbank, U.S., inflation, dollar. “Neuberger Berman expects extreme bond market volatility to stabilise and is counting on opportunities scooping up cheap high-yield and investment grade bonds in the telecom and energy sectors.” See article here. Source: Financial Review.

Interbank, U.S., budget, taxes. “Today, President Joe Biden released the FY2023 Budget to propose critical investments that will prioritize security at home and abroad, bolster the economy, promote health, tackle climate change, and further opportunity for all.” See article here. Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Foreign exchange rates and dollar index as of 29 March 2022, 3:20 am GMT

Currency Pair28 March 202229 March 202230 March 202231 March 20221 April 2022
EUR/USD1.098341.09717   
GBP/USD1.317661.31204   
USD/CNY6.365266.37031   
USD/CHF0.930150.93439   
USD/NGN415.25415.181   
USD/ZAR14.527214.6255   
USD/AOA449.768448.000   
USD/INR76.01178.9895   
USD/JPY122.07123.527   
USD/SAR3.745243.74524   
Dollar Index99.0099.04   
Sources: OANDA, MarketWatch

Government administers the trading post: The underlying philosophy of the law of markets ….

Commentary

Government’s role is to administer the trading post by managing the masses with a law-and-order scheme; broadcasting the value of its money through a regulated banking system; and expanding into and protecting new markets with its military and diplomatic corps.  Government, specifically western government, operationalizes the tenets of western philosophy: that man is at war with himself and nature and to alleviate the uncertainty of extermination, man must divide up the world and seek the most yield from the resulting parts.

Humans have no other reason to engage each other but to extract value from one another.  To garner the most yield from this engagement, the exchange, the trade, needs to be unencumbered by conflict.  Where it is impossible to obtain the means for survival by staying in one’s lane and exchange is necessary, humans then put in place customs, practices, rules designed to reduce conflict. 

Government promulgates the statutes, codes, and policies that manage the day-to-day mitigation of conflict.  It stays “in the money” by optimally maintaining the physical and social infrastructure that facilitates and expands its tax base.  It’s ability to effectively manage infrastructure and expand its tax base makes its money more attractive to traders.

Unfortunately, government has taken on a life of its own, going beyond its mandate to manage infrastructure and ensure law and order to regulating society on an increasingly micro level.  More of its policy and legislative initiatives appear intended to replace private market judgment with its own government judgment.  This imposition of government judgment on market judgment was not part of the original deal between traders, market makers, and government.  The imposition has seeped into the act of establishing price, an act that is best left to markets. 

Government now wants more than its cut in the form of taxes.  It now wants to weaponize price discovery and price setting for the purpose of expanding its cut by garnering more votes from the electorate.

The merchant trader, to protect her lane, should inform herself daily on the political process and support efforts that push back on government efforts to intervene in her ability to set price and other terms and conditions within and via the markets.

Alton Drew

27.03.2022

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Interbank Market News Scan: Russia willing to sell oil to “unfriendly nations.”

Interbank, Russia, roubles, oil. “The Russian rouble briefly leapt to a three-week high past 95 against the dollar on Wednesday in Moscow, before settling close to 100, after President Vladimir Putin said Russia would start selling its gas to “unfriendly countries” in roubles.” See article here. Source: Reuters

Interbank, foreign exchange, Brazil. “Despite its history of extremely rigid and bureaucratic exchange rules, Brazil will now evolve towards a scenario of free movement of capital and simpler and less bureaucratic operations.” See article here. Source: Lexology

Interbank, foreign exchange. “When the U.S. central bank starts raising interest rates, emerging markets often begin to submerge again: Their borrowing costs rise, their currencies fall and, to add insult to injury, slower U.S. growth dents demand for their products. Will this time be the same as the era of zero interest rates ends?” See article here. Source: The Wall Street Journal

Interbank, foreign exchange, India. “The rupee pared initial gains to settle 14 paise lower at 76.32 (provisional) against the US dollar on Wednesday due to month-end dollar demand from importers and rising crude prices amid geopolitical uncertainties.” See article here. Source: Economic Times

Interbank, Russia. “Russia’s main stock market will resume trading Thursday for the first time in four weeks, the Central Bank announced Wednesday.” See article here. Source: The Moscow Times

Interbank Market News Scan: Bank of England throws shade on Russian currency listing.

Interbank, Russia, ruble. The Bank of England said on Thursday it would cease publishing the rouble’s exchange rate against sterling and the U.S. dollar with immediate effect after the Russian currency slumped to a record low. See article here. Source: Reuters.

Interbank, Pakistan, rupee. “The Pakistani Rupee (PKR) continued to struggle against the US Dollar (USD) and posted losses in the interbank market today. It lost 21 paisas against the greenback after hitting an intra-day low of Rs. 177.7 against the USD during today’s open market session.” See article here.

EUR/USD=1.1107

GBP/USD=1.33369

USD/CAD=1.26908

USD/MXN=20.6689

USD/NGN=415.562

USD/GHS=6.78353

USD/INR=75.6115

USD/JPY=115.293

USD/CNY=6.3139

USD/BTC=0.00002

Source: OANDA

Dollar Index: 97.79

Source: MarketWatch

Interbank Market News Scan: China’s overnight bank rate decreases; Ukraine’s hryvnia shows strength; Bitcoin strengthens.

Interbank, China. “The overnight Shanghai Interbank Offered Rate (Shibor), which measures the borrowing cost of China’s interbank market, decreased 4.3 basis points to 2.112 percent Monday.” See article here. Source: China.org.cn

Interbank, Pakistan. “Pakistani rupee continued to rise against the US dollar in the inter-bank market on Monday due to positive sentiments generated by the release of a $1 billion tranche by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).” See article here. Source: GeoNews

Interbank, Bank of England, inflation. “Almost certainly, 2022 will also see the most above-target inflation numbers since that change. The Bank will be heavily criticised and proposals will be made for reform. What has gone wrong?” See article here. Source: The Critic

Foreign exchange, National Bank of Ukraine. “Last week the hryvnia exchange rate has somewhat stabilized amid a decrease in rising demand for currency and increase in supply of currency, the press service of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) wrote on Facebook.” See article here. Source: Ukrinform

Foreign exchange rates of interest …

EUR/USD=1.1451

GBP/USD=1.3527

USD/MXN=20.667

USD/GTQ=7.5163

USD/NGN=415.7

USD/GHS=6.3313

USD/VND=22,646.8

USD/JPY=115.191

USD/INR=74.497

USD/BTC=0.00002

USD/ETH=0.00034

Source: OANDA

DXY=95.58 Source: MarketWatch

Interbank Market News Scan: Rupee jumps against the U.S. dollar; bridging the global trade financing gap with Commercial Data Interchange

Interbank, India, rupee. The rupee surged 45 paise to close at 74.62 (provisional) against the U.S. dollar on January 31 supported by positive domestic equities and improved risk appetite. Source: The Hindu. https://www.thehindu.com/business/markets/rupee-jumps-45-paise-to-close-at-7462-against-us-dollar/article38353579.ece

Interbank, Ukraine. The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has recorded a decline in currency demand on the interbank foreign exchange market last Friday, according to a press release issued by the central bank, Ukrinform reports. Source: Ukrinform. https://www.ukrinform.net/rubric-economy/3394687-nbu-records-decrease-in-currency-demand-on-interbank-market.html

Interbank, Bank for International Settlements. Eddie Yue makes argument for closing the trade finance gap with better connectivity between digital finance platforms. Source: Bank for International Settlements. https://www.bis.org/review/r220126a.htm

Foreign exchange rates of interest to Atlanta

EUR/USD=1.1148

GBP/USD=1.3398

USD/MXN=20.7989

USD/GTQ=7.5066

USD/NGN=415.160

USD/GHS=6.2239

USD/VND=22,645.0

USD/JPY=115.23

USD/INR=74.9150

USD/BTC=0.00003

USD/ETH=0.00039

Source: OANDA

MarketWatch Dollar Index=96.92

European Central Bank sees growth moderating in 2022

The Interbank

The European Central Bank today released its update on economic, financial, and monetary developments. The ECB sees growth moderating into 2022 primarily due to supply bottlenecks.  Global supplier delivery times remain high as food and energy upward price pressure remains in place.  These pressures reflect a rebound from the low-price environment spawned by the pandemic.

While the ECB credits higher vaccination rates for the support of increased consumer spending, higher energy prices may be offsetting the increase in spending.  Shortages of materials, equipment, and labor is holding back manufacturing.  And on the labor front, the number of people in the workforce and hours worked still remain under pre-pandemic levels.

EUR/USD is currently trading at $1.1468.

Traders interested in the full report should go to https://www.ecb.europa.eu/pub/economic-bulletin/html/eb202107.en.html.

The Bank of Mexico maintained its overnight target rate at 4.75%.  No written statements by the Bank have been released at the time of this writing.

MXN/USD is currently trading at $20.5698.

Regulatory News

No major regulatory events impacting traders or broker-dealers this morning.

Traders should contact their brokers for more information on how foreign exchange rates may react to events described in the above blog post.

Alton Drew

11.11.2021

Disclaimer: The above is provided for informational purposes and should not be construed as financial or legal advice or as creating an agreement to provide financial or legal advice.

Interbank Market News Scan: The world waits for the Fed’s decision on tapering …

Interbank, China. The following are the parity rates for the Chinese renminbi. https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/271640484/market-exchange-rates-in-china—-nov-3

Interbank, India. The rupee appreciated by 22 paise to close at 74.46 (provisional) against the US dollar on Wednesday on the back of easing crude oil prices and foreign fund flows into domestic IPOs. https://www.business-standard.com/article/markets/rupee-appreciates-22-paise-to-close-at-74-46-against-the-us-dollar-121110301094_1.html

Interbank, foreign currencies, Afghanistan. Taliban bans foreign currencies in Afghanistan. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-59129470

Interbank, central bank digital currencies. A network among multiple central bank digital currencies could create efficiencies in the tens of billions of dollars and benefit all participants, according to a new report. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-11-03/what-a-global-central-bank-digital-currency-network-might-do?sref=oriheOus

Interbank. There is a disconnect between exchange rates and the classical variables that explain them. https://insight.kellogg.northwestern.edu/article/why-currency-exchange-rates-fluctuate

My Morning Takeaway: The trader should seek out best information sources on the future …

The Bloomberg article I note above has me thinking about how currency trade will look in the near future.  I am not surprised about the discussions being held regarding how a central bank digital currency will be distributed globally.  If efficiencies are created by a network of central bank digital currencies, especially where banks can save on settlement costs, then the trader, in my opinion, should get as much insight into the degree of volatility spawned by an increasingly efficient network.

If we assume efficiency involves an increase in data that can be analyzed at a faster rate, then a broker should be able to convey this information to a trader using her broker network.  Again, the ability of a broker to provide this type of information thus giving the trader insights on how volatility may impact price movements will prove invaluable to both the trader and broker.

Another side-note thought on the future: the role of the bank in a central bank digital currency future.  I don’t see the banks being cut out of the payment system per se.  The banks’ strategic and tactical position in the payments system makes them too valuable for central banks to kick to the curb.  Credit creates money and the banks will continue their role as the retail distributors of the currency whether that currency is a central bank distributed coin or not.

Alton Drew 3.11.2021