Investors on the sidelines

11 July, 2017

Investors on the sidelines

With the absence of any top tier news and the markets waiting for further indications on the Fed’s policy when Janet Yellen testifies before Congress on Wednesday, investors and traders are currently in a ‘wait and see’ mode. The week kicked off with most major asset classes moving in tight ranges. The S&P 500 closed 0.1% higher on Monday, while U.S. Treasury yields fell slightly after rallying on Friday’s Non-Farm Payrolls report and the dollar index remained stuck in a very narrow trading range.

It seems we will have to wait for another day for volatility to resume. The two key events on Wednesday are Yellen’s semi-annual testimony and Bank of Canada’s monetary policy announcement. Dollar bulls are counting on the Fed Chair’s continued hawkishness and whether she will provide more details on monetary policy becoming tighter. So far, she is still convinced that inflation weakness is temporary and expects that the sub5% unemployment rate will eventually boost prices. However, it has been more than one year since the unemployment rate dipped below 5% and wage growth is still anemic, making it difficult for many investors to believe that interest rates will increase at the pace suggested by monetary policy makers. It will require more than retracting her latest FOMC statement to encourage bulls to jump in again, such as more specific timing to unwind the $4.5 trillion balance sheet.

Given that other central banks have shifted towards a tighter stance, Bank of Canada’s meeting on Wednesday is going to be of great interest to traders. 13 out the 30 economists recently surveyed by Reuters expect the central bank to hike rates by 25 basis points tomorrow. If BoC joins the Fed this will not only boost the Lonnie but other major currencies as well, as investors will start to anticipate similar moves by the European Central Bank, Riksbank and Bank of England. I suggest keeping a close eye on yield differentials as they will be the major factor impacting currencies for the foreseeable future.

Pound traders will get the chance to hear again from Andrew Haldane, BoE’s Chief Economist, later today. The economist who was usually on the dovish end of policymakers surprised the markets on 21 June when he joined the Hawks. Given that inflation in the U.K. breached the 2% target and the economy did not fall into recession, he thinks that beginning the process of withdrawing some of the stimulus measures provided last year would be reasonable. If he ignores the recent bunch of weak economic releases and continued supporting the idea of policy normalization, the pound will likely make another attempt towards 1.3, but a break above this psychological resistance requires strong labor data on Wednesday.


Source link  
USD stages comeback on CPI and retail data

It's been a positive day for US economic data as retail sales surprised analysts lifting to 0.2% (0.0% exp). This shows a strong build up in the period...

Currencies bound ahead of Fed decision

It is a quiet Wednesday in the currency markets. Traders are favoring to remain on the sidelines ahead of multiple key risk events...

Asian equities flat

Equities across the Asian markets were trading in a tight narrow range on Thursday, ignoring solid Chinese data and the new records on Wall Street, where the Dow Jones Industrial...


Inflation continues to worry FED

FOMC minutes were released today and painted some interesting pictures on the state of the US economy. So far FED members are calling for...

Pound struggles on uncertanity

Conviction in the pound seems to have fallen off the way side after the most recent days of trading with the pound taking further hits as it slides...

Geopolitical risks return to the front seat

Demand for safe havens returned on Monday as war of words between North Korea and the U.S. triggered flight to safety amongst investors...


RBA minutes offer guidance on economy

The Australian economy has hit the spotlights as the Reserve Bank of Australia meeting minutes are out. As usual it's quick to point the finger...

Softened sanctions on North Korea

Investors returned from the weekend with a high appetite for risk assets, sending the S&P 500 to a new record high on Monday, with global equities...

AUD traders bet on RBA minutes

The Australian dollar has surged in Monday trading as it looked to push through a key level of resistance at 0.7833, this is a bit of a surprise...

  


Share: