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World to Fed: We’re Prepared for US Rate Hike, So Don’t Delay – Reuters

Central bankers from around the world are telling their American counterparts that they are ready for a U.S. interest rate hike and would prefer that the Federal Reserve make the move without further ado.

Fed at Jackson Hole: Gearing Up to Hike Amidst Rocky Terrain – Australian Financial Review (subscription)

Central bankers aren’t a group that’s easily spooked. Whether looking through low inflation or brushing aside financial market turmoil, US policy makers at the Kansas City Federal Reserve’s annual retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, had a largely consistent message: We’re staying the course.

A Currency Drop is Inflationary, Right? – Bloomberg

The central banker’s task of keeping inflation just right has become a permanent tussle with the global currency markets. Too weak a currency equals too rapid price gains. Too strong, and disinflation looms.

Asian Currencies Record Biggest Monthly Decline in Three Years – Bloomberg

Asia’s currencies posted their biggest monthly loss in three years, led by Malaysia’s ringgit, after a yuan devaluation heightened the risk of a currency war in the region as the US prepares to raise interest rates.

Emerging-Market Currency Risk Shifts to Lenders – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Foreign investors who bought local currency bonds are among biggest losers of recent selloff.

China Premier Li Says No Basis for Yuan’s Continued Depreciation – Bloomberg

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said there was no basis for a continued depreciation of the yuan after the central bank allowed the currency to devalue 2.8 percent this month.

Crises Put First Dents in Xi Jinping’s Power – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Shortly before President Xi Jinping boarded a plane last month to attend a summit in Russia, his office issued an executive order: China’s stock markets must go back up.

 Norway to Sell FX Equivalent of NOK 700 Mln Per Day in September – Reuters

Norway’s central bank will sell foreign currencies equivalent of 700 million Norwegian crowns ($84.16 million) per day in September, unchanged from its practice in August.

Top Hong Kong Banker Says Dollar Peg Vital for Stability – Reuters

Hong Kong risks losing an important tool for maintaining its market stability if it scraps its currency’s peg to the U.S. dollar, said a top Standard Chartered China executive who also advises the government on financial policy.

Regulatory News

Bank Data Could Face More Scrutiny – GFT – FOW (subscription)

Regulators could focus on data standards and impose an extension of BCBS 239.

Company News

Currenex LD4 Matching Engine Goes Live This Week – Profit & Loss

Currenex will go live with its matching engine in Equinix’s London LD4 facility in Slough, this week, offering clients in the European region access to ultra-low latency pricing and execution.

JSE Launches JSE Eris Interest Rate Swap Futures – JSE

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), the continent’s largest exchange, today have officially launched JSE Eris Interest Rate Swap (IRS) Futures.

Market Savvy  

China Needs to Balance Domestic Growth and International Confidence – Profit & Loss

The recent Chinese currency devaluation and the country’s ongoing struggle with its plunging equity markets, were likely the key trigger for the contagion that rocked financial markets globally last week.

Global Markets Upset not Beijing’s Fault as Central Banks Do Not Have All the Answers – South China Morning Post

The upset in markets around the world cannot be laid at Beijing’s door and perhaps we should look at the shattered faith in the banks’ powers.

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