The Australian Dollar rallied versus the U.S. Dollar as the Reserve Bank of Australia cut the benchmark lending rate by 25 basis points to 3.00 percent which was in-line with market expectations of a 90 percent probability that the RBA would cut the cost of capital today.
Forex Bulletproof 2.0 Patented Striker Technology! The global PMI release period was off to a good start, with outperformance in Asia and mostly floundering in Europe. US failed to hold its own, with its equivalent to the PMI, the ISM Manufacturing index, falling back into contraction, to its lowest official reading of the year. Just when US economic data was turning higher, it now appears to be backpedalling.
Greece offered to buy back as much as 10-billion Euros of bonds issued in a restructuring earlier this year, as an attempt to cut its debt load. The government said they will buy back bonds in a so called Dutch auction, and the government is willing to pay an average maximum purchase price of 34.1% for bonds maturing from 2023 to 2042.
ECB and BoE are widely expected to maintain their current policy Forex Bulletproof 2.0 Patented Striker Technology! in December, we anticipate the Governing Council to strike a more dovish tone for monetary policy as the deepening recession in the euro-area threatens price stability. ECB President Mario Draghi may show a greater willingness to ease monetary policy further. BoE appears to be slowly moving away from its easing cycle as inflation stubbornly holds above the 2% target.