GBP: Boris’ “plan B” offsets higher inflation data
EUR: ECB reiterate “inflation is transitory”
USD: Seeing the impact of China's growth/regulatory worries
Ahead of next week’s Bank of England MPC meeting, sterling continues to trade in a very tight range. The recent batch of mixed economic data has only helped to exacerbate the threat of stagflation as growth begins to stall whilst inflation remains stubbornly high.
Yesterday saw yet another surge in energy prices with natural gas hitting a record high, marking a near doubling in price for the year. With the UK government's furlough scheme and boost to Universal Credit payments ending this month, combined with the spectre of a 1.25% rise in national insurance payments, the MPC certainly have their work cut out when trying to navigate the higher inflation versus lower growth tightrope.
Tomorrow sees the latest UK Retail Sales report for August which are forecast to rise 0.5% for the month and 2.7% for the year.
With the ECB making it crystal clear yet again at last week’s monetary policy meeting that QE/interest rates are going nowhere in a hurry, the single currency remains rangebound. Yesterday’s wage growth numbers across the Eurozone were very disappointing showing a fall of 0.4% for Q2 which only adds to the general slowdown story. ECB President Lagarde is due to speak later today but we expect nothing new from the “lady who does not taper”.
Markets will be watching tomorrow’s EZ inflation data for August very closely for signs inflation may be peaking.
Despite the recent lower than forecast inflation data and yesterday’s weaker industrial/manufacturing output numbers, the dollar has largely stayed put as China’s economic woes force safe haven flows into the Greenback. The Chinese Government’s clampdown on internet stocks along with some very steep falls in commodity prices have caused huge volatility across all asset classes, highlighted by iron ore that had seen a doubling in price this year now halving since the beginning of July.
The latest Retail Sales report for August and the weekly employment report are slated for later today and will be very keenly watched by the markets ahead of next week’s FOMC meeting.
Overnight we saw very good GDP numbers out of NZ, in stark contrast to its antipodean counterpart Australia reported very weak employment numbers as the Covid ravaged country continues to battle very strict lockdowns.
Today's Interbank Rates at 10:16 against sterling. Movement vs yesterday.
|US dollar||$1.381 ↓|
|Australian dollar||$1.888 ↑|
|South African rand||R20.07 ↑|
|Japanese yen||¥151.1 ↓|
Have a great day.