Economic Highlights

21 02, 2018

Overseas Headlines – February 21,2018


February 21,2018. United States:  U.S. Stocks Fall With Treasuries, Dollar Climbs: Markets Wrap U.S. stocks halted a six-day rally as disappointing results from Walmart Inc. weighed on major indexes as the dollar pushed higher. Treasuries fell amid a heavy slate of U.S. debt issuance, with short-end auctions drawing some of the highest yields in almost

20 02, 2018

Overseas Headlines – February 20,2018


February 20,2018 United States: Dollar Rises With Treasury Yields; Stocks Struggle: Markets Wrap Treasuries fell, with investors driving the benchmark yield up to the highest level in four years, as the dollar advanced with oil futures in New York. European shares erased earlier gains and U.S. futures slipped. Debt investors appeared to be trading with

19 02, 2018

Overseas Headlines – February 19,2018


February 19,2018 United States: U.S. Treasury Official Says Economists Lowballing Tax-Cut Impact Economists are underestimating how rapidly the U.S. economy will grow from tax cuts that are encouraging companies to invest and create jobs, a senior Treasury official said. “Despite the stock-market volatility, the economy is enjoying a period of relative strength and prosperity in

16 02, 2018

Overseas Headlines – February 16,2016


February 16,2016 United States: Selloff Grips Credit Funds as Rate Fears Ripple Through Markets Corporate bond investors finally joined a selloff that has shaken stocks to Treasuries as investors spooked by U.S. interest-rate risk headed for the exits. Investors pulled $14.1 billion from debt funds, the fifth-largest stretch of redemptions in the week through Feb.

27 11, 2017

BOJ Quarterly Press Briefing July – September 2017


The Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) Review of Economic Performance July - September 2017   For the review period July – to September 2017, the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) indicated that, “due to no small part to the successful implementation of the strenuous economic reforms of the recent years, Jamaica has transitioned to a modern competitive

23 11, 2017

BOJ reduces policy interest rate to 3.25%


The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) announced yesterday that the rate offered on overnight placements with the Bank will be reduced by 25 basis points to 3.25%. The Bank noted that the new rate will take effect on November 23, 2017. This reduction according to the Bank, “reflects its assessment that the inflation outlook for FY2017/18

20 11, 2017

Consumer Price Index – October 2017


The inflation rate for the month October 2017 was 0.4%, following an upward movement of 0.7% in September 2017. The movement was attributed mainly to the ‘Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels’ division which recorded an increase of 1.7%. According to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), the movement was traced to a 2.2%

11 10, 2017

U.S. Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary – August 2017


The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its August 2017 summary of job openings and labor turnover earlier today.  As at August 31st, there were 6.1 million job openings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job openings rate was 4% in August, while the number of job openings was little changed for total private

18 09, 2017

Consumer Price Index- August 2017


The inflation rate for the month August 2017 was 0.3%, following an upward movement of 0.6% in July 2017. The division which recorded the highest movement for the month was ‘Recreation and Culture’ with a 1.3% growth, while the index for ‘Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages’ advanced by 0.6%. STATIN reported that the increase in ‘Recreation

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