FX option expiries for Friday January 24 at the 10am NY cut

24 Jan 2020
EUR/USD
 GBP/USD
 USD/CAD
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Coronavirus city lock downs in China now number 7

24 Jan 2020
Wuhan was sealed yesterday:
Not all of these cities have been completely isolated, the extent of the shut down varies in each:
- Huanggang
- Ezhou
- Chibi
- Xiantao
They really need to address the food on sale at some markets, how does anyone even eat this?
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Japan January flash manufacturing PMI 49.3 (prior 48.4)

24 Jan 2020
Japan Jibun Bank / Markit preliminary PMIs for January


- Manufacturing 49.3,up from the prior 48.4
- Services 52.1, improving from the prior of 49.4
- Composite 51.1 therefore up also, from prior 48.6
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More from Xinhua - coronavirus death toll up to 25 in China

24 Jan 2020
Earlier:
China State media say now 830 confirmed coronavirus cases
More:
-  34 have been cured and released from hospitals
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China State media say now 830 confirmed coronavirus cases

24 Jan 2020
830 cases confirmed in China
as of January 23 
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US President Trump tweet - a hint of what he'll do on coronavirus?

24 Jan 2020
During the ebola scare Trump advocated stopping all inbound visitors from affected countries: 
Was it just hot air or is this a policy option ahead if events take a turn for the worse?
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Westpac changes its RBA rate cut forecast - not expecting in February now

24 Jan 2020
WPAC was forecasting a Reserve Bank of Australia interest rate cut in Feb. 2020
- Changed that now to April 2020
- And another in August
Due to the surprise back to back fall in the unemployment rate in November and December, we expect the RBA will delay the next rate cut until April.
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BOJ December meeting minutes published now - full text

23 Jan 2020
Bank of Japan Dec 2019 monetary policy meeting minutes
(insomniacs may find this helpful) 
Full text is here
The minutes are pre-empted (and made nearly irrelevant) by the much earlier publication of the 'summary' that you can find here:
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US President Trump is to sign the new NAFTA (USMCA) next week - Wednesday

23 Jan 2020
Reuters citing an unnamed official, Trump to sign the deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada on Wednesday during a ceremony at the White House
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This United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) replaces NAFTA
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UK government pursuing its first post-Brexit trade deal with Japan "at lightning speed"

23 Jan 2020
The with an encouraging piece 
UK press (Sun)
- UK PM Johnson wants to strike Britain's first post-Brexit trade deal with Japan
- before the end of the year, in a bid to whip up a bandwagon.
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