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How Windy Is It . . . ? Monday, 12th August 2013 – No. 043

So, how windy was it last week?

It was mild for August and presented the Bank of England (BoE) with the perfect backdrop for the long awaited publication of the August Inflation Report. Last week, Mark Carney, the BoE’s new governor, broke with centuries of precedent to offer forward guidance on monetary policy. This as you would imagine, qualifies as a Moment of Significant Influence.

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How Windy Is It . . . ? Monday, 5th August 2013 – No. 042

So, how windy was it last week?

It was breezy, but nothing like the storms that previous Augusts have heralded. Then again, we are only a few days into the 8th month so let’s not get too carried away. That said, the markets did get carried away on the back of reassuring central bank commentary and encouraging global data.

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How Windy Is It . . . ? Monday, 29th July 2013 – No. 041

So, how windy was it last week?

In retrospect it was fairly calm. Whether this marked a metaphorical holding of breath for the markets, as they wait for more (guidance) from the central banks this week, like Oliver holding up his bowl, or it could generally be that everything has calmed down, albeit for the time being.

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How Windy Is It . . . ? Monday, 15th July 2013 – No. 040

When you receive this issue of Windy I will already be on holiday in western France, hopefully having already successfully taught my four-year-old daughter to cycle without stabilisers. Ironically, this is exactly what the Federal Reserve is trying to do with the markets, as they give guidance on the tapering of quantitative easing (QE).

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How Windy Is It . . . ? Monday, 8th July 2013 – No. 039

So, how windy was it last week?

As I expected, Mark Carney’s arrival as governor of the Bank of England (BoE) last week has had a dramatic effect on communication strategy. It also warrants new entries on our ever growing list of Moments of Significant Influence…

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How Windy Is It . . . ? Monday, 1st July 2013 – No. 038

So, how windy was it last week?

I know I said there would be sabbatical for the Windy report, however there is just too much going on to pause for breath. Markets ended the week (and quarter, and half-year come to that) on a calmer note as positive developments were reported in the US, China and Japan. There was a concerted effort from central banks globally to play down the prospect of quantative easing being scaled back, with William Dudley, president of the New York Federal Reserve, confirming that policy makers may prolong their asset purchase programme should the US economy fail to meet the forecasts.

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