Australian state leader says vaccination delays mean Australia will be left behind

12 Apr 2021
Premier of Australia's largest population state of NSW (state capital is Australia's largest population centre Sydney) Gladys Berejiklian has called for a greater sense of urgency to be applied to the vaccine rollout 
The most recent background to these comments is the Federal government's decision last week to switch to the Pfizer vaccine for people under
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PBOC sets USD/ CNY mid-point today at 6.5578 vs. Friday at 6.5409

12 Apr 2021
The People's Bank of China set the onshore yuan (CNY) reference rate for the trading session ahead.   
- USD/CNY is permitted to trade plus or minus 2% from this daily reference rate.
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RBNZ monetary policy meeting this week - brief preview

12 Apr 2021
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand announcement is due at 0200 GMT on April 14
- there will be no update to forecasts 
- there will be no press conference
- Similarly, on other policy settings, no change is expected: FLP and LSAP programmes are most likely to remain largely untouched
Earlier preview is here
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CBA has dropped its end of 2021 Australian unemployment rate forecast to 5% from 5.5%

12 Apr 2021
Commonwealth Bank of Australia analysts ahead of this week's jobs report (Thursday local time).
The lowering of the forecast to 5% from prior forecast of 5.5% is significant. The Reserve Bank of Australia is targeting lower unemployment reasoning that this will exert pressure for higher wages and thus higher inflation, and, eventually, a tightening of monetary
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Japan data - indicator to the consumer price index +0.9% y/y

11 Apr 2021
 Japan PPI for March +0.8% m/m 
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Japan media reports Governor of Osaka may ask for a state of emergency declaration

11 Apr 2021
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n April 5 Japan's government designated Osaka, Hyogo and Miyagi prefectures as areas needing stricter measures to contain outbreaks. 
Noe Osaka's governor has warned that he may need to ask the central government to declare a state of emergency if current measures to quell the coronavirus outbreak are deemed insufficient.
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Fed's Powell says does not want to return to bad old days of inflation

11 Apr 2021
Further headlines are crossing from Federal Reserve Chair Powell interview on US TV show 60 Minutes
Adam had this news earlier from the interview:
Further now, Headlines via Reuters:
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RBNZ monetary policy review due Wednesday 14 April 2021 - preview

11 Apr 2021
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand announce,ent is due at 0200 GMT on April 14
- there will be no update to forecasts 
- there will be no press conference
- Similarly, on other policy settings, no change is expected: FLP and LSAP programmes are most likely to remain largely untouched
Earlier preview is here
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Israeli study finds South African COVID-19 mutant may beat the Pfizer vaccine

11 Apr 2021
Finding from a yet to be peer-reviewed Israeli study, released on Saturday
In summary:
- study compared almost 400 people who had tested positive for COVID-19, 14 days or more after they received one or two doses of the vaccine, against the same number of unvaccinated patients with the disease.
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Iran says one of its nuclear facilities was hit by a "terrorist act"

11 Apr 2021
There was a large-scale blackout at Iran's main nuclear facility on Sunday,
 the Natanz reactor.
The country's Atomic Energy Agency acknowledged damaged electricity grid at the site
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