Reaction to the Bank of England’s News

Considering the stagnation that characterized United Kingdom last year, this year we cannot expect miracles to happen. Thereby, the recovery is expected to be slow, with the inflation staying around the values of 3% (CPI inflation rose at 2.9% in June).

Even if the outlook for the U.K.’s economy becomes increasingly positive from one quarter to another, the wounds left by the under target productivity which in turn caused a decrease in demand and also the inflation above target, determines the economists to be realistic and to give time to the economy in order to recover. Here comes the BoE, saying that is ready to intervene so as to make the economy get up and run again at the fastness registered before 2005. Maintaining its focus on price stability, BoE engaged to keep the highly stimulative monetary policy at the current pace for the next 3 years and to maintain the forward guidance as well, with a stable interest rate at the value of 0.5% until the unemployment rate drops to 7% (currently at 7.8%). Proving caution and responsability, BOE affirmed that is liable to intervene and change any of the above mentioned measures in case the inflation’s value will remain 0.5% above the 2% target for next 2 years and if the actual monetary policy will prove to seriously affect the financial stability or price stability.

Assuming that this context is being maintained, United Kingdom will get back to growth, perspective that boosted the investors’ confidence to buy the British pound today, as it was the top mover. The fact that Governor Mark Carney decided to clearly express the BoE’s plans for the future recovery has inspired even more confidence that this growth will really happen. In fact, is extremely important not to neglect the overall image of the Euro zone economy since it is really significant how it handles the current situation which affects all the member states.

Why You Should Pay Attention to Yahoo! Inc.?

As I mention a few months ago, in an article about Yahoo! Inc. which you can find here, this company may worth you full attention. Since then, the CEO at Yahoo Marissa Mayer, continued with buying startups and made 9 new brand acquisitions. When will she stop? It looks like the main purpose of Marissa Mayer is to buy people instead of the ideas behind the startups. She is actually pointing towards the engineers of these little organizations which will be kept by 2 to 4 years contracts.

Apparently, the new CEO found the malfunction of the company and now is taking steps in order to fix it. Definitely there is an urgent need of creative engineers and Marissa Mayer is doing nothing but to provide the company with this medicine in return of billions of dollars. It will take time in order to see whether or not this strategy will work and indeed the company will produce new value and attract and retain new users. Revenue for the full year of 2013 is projected to be in the range of $108.0 million to $112.0 million without dropping far below the last year’s figures.

The Australian Dollar, on the Right Path?

Today, the Australian dollar was one of the top movers as the Central Bank decided to cut again the interest rate, reducing it to an historical low, at 2.5%. Even if this decision makes the Aussie dollar depreciate and therefore makes it less attractive for the investors, it is intended to help the economy get back to growth. Lately, Australians have had a less encouraging economic climate as the country’s economy kept deteriorating. One of the major concerns is the growing unemployment rate which pointed to 5.7% as well as a serious breakdown of the mining industry.

As two of the core industries are the coal and iron ore, a slowdown of one of them is seriously affecting the overall picture. China is at fault for these negative news, as its economy is cooling. If previously they used to invest significant amounts of money in their infrastructure and building factories, increasing the demand of natural resources from Australia, now, the leaders of China would rather not to boost the economy for a while. The slowing down of the mining industry is expected to cause further damages like: increasing the unemployment rate, reducing the investments, affecting the exports and the price of these resources. On the medium term (until the final of 2013), the Australian economy will be closely watched before additional measures will be taken, as they are not excluded.

What is going down in Yemen?

Yemen-New-Afghanistan-06.08.2013On Tuesday, the United States told its citizens in Yemen to immediately leave the country. The official announcement on the U.S. State Department was: “The Department urges U.S. Citizens to defer travel to Yemen and those U.S. Citizens currently living in Yemen to depart immediately.”

Moreover, it seems that all diplomatic missions of the United States across the Middle East are to be closed these days, following warnings of potential attacks coming from the zone. Important communication between bin Laden’s successors as al Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, and the Yemen based wing were intercepted by U.S. Secret Services. It is strongly believed that the terrorist attacks are oriented against the U.S. because of some drone aircraft strikes that took place lately in Yemen.

Even if Yemen is one of the poorest Arab country, the intensity of the threat must not be neglected, and measures already appeared in the whole Western countries. Great Britain also took initiative by advised its citizens in Yemen to “leave now” and by “temporarily evacuating all its embassy staff” (according to Reuters).

Given this context, it is important to analyze how the events can influence, on a short term period, the economic relations between Yemen and the United States. As we mentioned before, Yemen is not a rich country, but it has established diplomatic relations with the U.S. in 1947. It is not competing with other Arabic countries from the economic point of view, nor from the natural resources aspect.

Its oil reserves and natural gas deposits, on which the Yemeni economy is totally dependent, are important in the agreements between the two countries. However, the oil reserves in Yemen are expected to be depleted by 2017, possibly bringing on economic collapse. At this point, we can now argue whether these reserves are enough for the U.S. to keeping wanting the country close in a diplomatic manner.

The rupture announced these days does not seem so big as to have effects on the oil’s price on the international market. However, the announcement made by the U.S. about the closure of all diplomatic relations across the Middle East could raise questions and produce signals in financial markets. It is a situation to be closely followed, because consequences on short periods of time can appear and can also give birth to long term consequences on the financial markets, as the politics are strongly related to economics all over the world.

Depending on the consequences of these threats, which may prove false or true, we will be able to provide the economical consequences, at least in terms of oil prices. Of course, the position of the U.S. to these events is not negligible, but we might take into account that a total and irreversible retreat of them from Yemen is not possible, because of strategic reasons on which the United States are counting.

Much Ado About Nothing

Today Mario Draghi had to fight with the same rush of the investors that Ben Bernanke encountered yesterday. Everybody was interested in any major change that could happen in the short term, like the possibility of modifying the interest rate. As just last month was announced that they would maintained the low interest rate for an “extended period of time” it’s logical that no important changes were expected today, especially because the economy didn’t report major changes (like the inflation exceeding the 2% threshold). To sum up, a trace of optimism was kept, as the economy is expected to recover at a slow pace.

The U.S. data maintained the optimism of the last days as the ISM Manufacturing Index achieved a rating of 55.4 points (as last month got 50.9 points). The manufacturing industry is gaining momentum and pledges to sustain further positive numbers for the indicators of the labour market. Speaking about the labour market, this month were registered fewer unemployment claims (326k), value that reaches a minimum level of May 2013. Likewise, an extra vote was added for the QE3 tapering that is due to happen in September. Gold price is likely to remain in the last 2 weeks’ range at least until a final decision is taken regarding the moment of taper of the monetary stimulus program.

What Did FOMC Decide?

FOMC announced to keep the interest rate at 0.25% and not much information about the QE3. The program is maintained at the previous parameters with no given data for an eventual tapering. On the other side, the inflation becomes an alarming issue as “persistently below its 2% objective could pose risks to economic performance”. In this regard, and taking in consideration the continuation of the monetary stimulus program, economists are expecting the core inflation to rich 2% in the medium term.

Earlier today, good news came for the American economy, as signs of recovery appear to become increasingly more consistent. The ADP report came up better than expected (200k), possibly giving the tone to the NFP that is waited on Friday. Broadly, this result is sustained by the services sector which created 177k jobs, the biggest gain since last November. The labour market demonstrated the fact that the turbulences given by the cuts in government spendings, fiscal issues and tax increases were safely overcome. The advanced GDP release (1.7%), the version that tends to have the most of the impact, showed that the worse of the financial problems are being left behind.