Stay up to date with relevant economic news
In less than shocking news US inflation data last week showed the FED will need to stick to its aggressive and possibly economically destructive path. We have a succession of FED speakers on Thursday and Friday which is unlikely to change much but just in case its best to pay attention.
Consumer and retail demand in the US appears a little resilient although retail sales showed no change against market expectations of a slightly higher reading, but we are someway into the inflation cycle and it seems to have left the consumer indifferent… presently.
Stocks didn’t like the inflation numbers and weakened on the week and with 10 year US yields closing around 4% it will require a drop and a sustained one at that to see any sustained rallies. The mood is overridingly pessimistic for world growth presently and hence a cold market for stocks.
However its good news for US$ holders especially those who sold Yen to buy US$ the Bank of Japan or more accurately the Ministry of Finance have watched the Yen depreciate some 2.5% more since they intervened and the reality is that the gulf between Japanese near zero rates and the US will only encourage selling of Yen. There is a change in rhetoric toward “speed of change” rather than the actual price but that more an acceptance of reality than much else.
The bind that the Japanese authorities find themselves in is as nothing in comparison to the British. The Prime Minister sacked her Chancellor and replaced him with Jeremy Hunt and reversed the tax cutting mini budget that caused the Gilts and Sterling crashes. Hunt has subsequently said taxes may need to rise and no one has explained how the intervention in energy markets will be paid for. Its being speculated in the press that the government is now being run by Hunt – either way it doesn’t look good to the rest of the world.
The Bank of England have been buying Gilts (UK Bonds) and that ended on Friday (its not to say they wont step in again) so if gilts continue their decline, leaving pension funds with no option but to join the selling to retain their capital adequacy then Sterling may be in for a rough week as investors confidence in the British government and its assets may be damaged irrevocably.
China has its Communist Party Conference this week and economically there’s unlikely anything newsworthy but they have reaffirmed commitment to “zero covid”; which is both impossible and uneconomic so the worlds second largest economy isn’t likely to contribute much else than hyperbole and control of their populace for sometime.
The Chinese situation means that commodities are likely to struggle to break out of recent ranges but any uptick in sentiment is going to bring continuing supply tightness to the fore.
Oil fell back after the 2m barrel output reduction by OPEC+ although Bidens anaemic warning to Saudi of “consequences” had no impact and looks a bit delusional.
Balance of Trade
Industrial Production YoY
Inflation Rate YoY
Inflation Rate YoY
The content of this Market Commentary is provided for general information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely. In particular, neither this Market Commentary nor any other content of our website should be construed as investment advice. The information contained in this Market Commentary is not, and should not be read as, an offer, recommendation or inducement to engage in investment activity. In no event shall we be liable for any damages resulting from reliance on or use of any information contained in this Market Commentary. You must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content of this Market Commentary.
Although we make reasonable efforts to ensure that that the information in this Market Commentary is accurate as at the date on which it is published, we make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that it is accurate, complete or up to date.
Get In Touch
Contact us for more information