Australia™s central bank held rates at all-time lows on Tuesday and sounded less gloomy as the economy gradually re-opens during what is likely to be the worst quarter since the Great Depression. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) left rates at 0.25% at its monthly policy meeting in a widely expected decision, and said the œaccommodative approach will be maintained as long as it is required. In a short post-meeting statement Governor Philip Lowe said the RBA was prepared to scale up government bond purchases if needed to ensure three-year yields held around 25 basis...

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The Federal Reserve said Monday it will launch a barrage of programs aimed at helping markets function more efficiently in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Among the initiatives is a commitment to continue its asset purchasing program œin the amounts needed to support smooth market functioning and effective transmission of monetary policy to broader financial conditions and the...

The Federal Reserve on Friday announced it was taking steps with five major central banks to enhance the dollar swap lines designed to make dollars available to foreign institutions. In a statement, the Fed said the central banks would undertake daily 7-day maturity operations rather than weekly ones. The central banks will continue to hold weekly 84-day maturity operations. The central banks...

The Reserve Bank of Australia offered to buy as much as A$5 billion ($2.9 billion) of government bonds on Friday, purchasing debt to lower yields now that its exhausted conventional policy ammunition. Australian bonds held gains after the announcement, with three-year yields down 5 basis points to 0.3% as of 11:25 a.m. in Sydney, while 10-year yields were down 20 basis points at 1.29%. The...

At its March quarter monetary policy assessment held this Thursday, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) board members decided to leave the monetary policy settings unchanged. The SNB left the benchmark sight deposit rate unchanged at -0.75%. The central bank maintained the 3-Month Libor Target Range steady between -1.25% to -0.25%, as widely expected. On the expected rates on-hold decision by the...

Australia central bank deployed its remaining conventional interest-rate ammunition and moved to additional policy measures to try to support an economy spiraling toward its first recession in almost 30 years. Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe cut the cash rate to 0.25%, its effective lower bound, in an emergency meeting Thursday Sydney. He said in a statement the...

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