Fade hawkish MPC minutes: contrary to MPC three judgements plus downside risks to UK consumption & net exports

This piece argues that last week’s susprising-hawkish MPC vote and minutes do not represent a dramatic change in the picture for UK monetary policy.  The limits to the MPC approach of looking through temporarily above-target inflation, driven by sterling’s post-referendum depreciation, are further from being reached than the minutes-related headlines suggest. So the limited rebounds … More Fade hawkish MPC minutes: contrary to MPC three judgements plus downside risks to UK consumption & net exports

February Inflation Report Preview: Focus on Consumers and Inflation Expectations

This piece previews Thursday’s Bank of England Feburary Inflation Report and MPC minutes, where the key issues will be: (i) how much longer can consumption continue to be the single engine generating UK growth?; and (ii) MPC remain tolerant of prospective above-target inflation? The main points are: MPC will as expected by the market undoubtedly … More February Inflation Report Preview: Focus on Consumers and Inflation Expectations

Poor UK Net Export-Inflation Tradeoffs Following Sterling’s Depreciation

Recent positive UK data surprises have caused economists to revise up UK growth forecasts and BoE Governor Carney recently hinted that the February Inflation Report would follow suit. Despite that, my argument from last October that UK net exports were likely to disappoint, even with sterling’s sharp depreciation, has proved accurate thus far (Q3 UK … More Poor UK Net Export-Inflation Tradeoffs Following Sterling’s Depreciation

Could lightning strike twice? FX impacts of US election cliffhanger: Trump win underpriced

This report analyses the likely FX market implications of the too close to call US election. Overall it seems that markets could, like the Brexit vote, be under-pricing lightening striking. But the dollar could rise irrespective of the result, although more immediately/obviously following a Clinton win, with vulnerable risk-positive currencies likely being most sensitive to … More Could lightning strike twice? FX impacts of US election cliffhanger: Trump win underpriced

Sterling becomes unlovable on medium-term Brexit macro worries: further weakness likely

I know I’m unloveable, you don’t have to tell me Oh, message received loud and clear, loud and clear The Smiths, Unloveable A month ago I argued  (see here) that better near-term UK activity data shouldn’t be interpreted as showing that the UK was out of the woods in it’s difficult Brexit journey. Rather, I … More Sterling becomes unlovable on medium-term Brexit macro worries: further weakness likely

EU Referendum: hoping for “remain” but markets overly sanguine

Financial markets approach tomorrow’s UK EU referendum vote apparently pretty confident that “remain” will prevail.  While I’m hopeful of a “remain” vote – I’m one of the 90%-plus off economists who firmly think that Brexit would generate significant UK/international macro costs and might not end up solving immigration concerns (if single market access is to … More EU Referendum: hoping for “remain” but markets overly sanguine

How fragile is sterling’s recent bounce? Should MPC have also adjusted OIS rates in May?

This post considers whether sterling’s post-April rally represents an overshoot and dissects the May Inflation Report’s treatment of Brexit-affected asset prices. The main points are: Sterling has, as I expected, continued to closely track betting market Brexit odds, recently down to the low-20%’s from over 40% in April, but has also been supported by the continued … More How fragile is sterling’s recent bounce? Should MPC have also adjusted OIS rates in May?

ECB preview: Awaiting the credit easing bazooka but several dark clouds persist

This post dissects the Euro Area macro-financial and policy situation in advance of the 2 June ECB meeting. The main points are: Draghi will likely focus on the positive prospective effects of their imminent credit bazookas (TLTRO II and CSPP) including highlighting the positive anticipatory impact of CSPP on bond issuance and spreads. That said, … More ECB preview: Awaiting the credit easing bazooka but several dark clouds persist

MPC Preview: detailing Brexit uncertainty impacts, downplaying forecast inflation overshoot

The following previews Thursday’s BoE May Inflation Report (IR) and MPC minutes. Overall MPC seems unlikely to give a strong policy steer, given the proximity of the EU referendum vote. So rate and FX market impacts are likely to be limited – although probably dovish at the margin (and perhaps a bigger FX impact) despite … More MPC Preview: detailing Brexit uncertainty impacts, downplaying forecast inflation overshoot

Tracking the macro-financial impacts of Brexit uncertainties: Killing the goose that lays the golden eggs?

Tuesday’s IMF warning of the adverse (global) impacts of a Brexit vote, with some effects already apparent, follows concerns in the March MPC minutes (which seem likely to be amplified in Thursday’s April MPC minutes).  Unfortunately, neither provided any specific evidence. This post fills that gap, detailing the macro-financial impacts evident thus far, drawing on … More Tracking the macro-financial impacts of Brexit uncertainties: Killing the goose that lays the golden eggs?

Current account and growth concerns add to sterling’s Brexit worries: further weakness ahead

Sterling has, as I previously anticipated here and here, continued to depreciate as Brexit uncertainties have become increasingly priced. The TWI is now down 11% since November (GBPJPY down over 19%) while implied volatilities and risk reversals have continued rising.  But Brexit effects have more recently been reinforced by renewed concerns about the UK’s current … More Current account and growth concerns add to sterling’s Brexit worries: further weakness ahead

Trading the ECB: limited EUR weakness and bund rally likely but risks

My accompanying post details how the return of EA deflation, EA inflation expectations are in the process of de-achoring plus deteriorating EA and foreign activity mean that the 10 March ECB meeting is shaping up to be make or break for EA prospects and ECB credibility. I argued that the likely downward revisions to the ECB’s … More Trading the ECB: limited EUR weakness and bund rally likely but risks

G20 meeting: expectations of updated Plaza accord to be disappointed

Market hopes for a Plaza-type agreement at the 26-27 February G20 meeting in Shanghai 26-27 February, to help ameliorate the substantial issues facing the global economy and calm market volatility, have been growing. But I’m not expecting any really impactful policy announcements, much as I wasn’t expecting Yellen’s Congressional testimony to be a silver bullet … More G20 meeting: expectations of updated Plaza accord to be disappointed

Caution in Threadneedle Street: weak pay growth supportive near-term but watching the Fed carefully

This morning’s surprisingly-weak UK pay data provide further ammunition to the dovish MPC members and the growing sense that the Committee really is in no rush to start raising interest rates and want to try and differentiate themselves from the Fed. That said, the recent UK pay growth slowdown has limited implications for inflation under … More Caution in Threadneedle Street: weak pay growth supportive near-term but watching the Fed carefully

The Week A September Fed Hike Died? USD Bulls on the Run

This week’s dovish Fed minutes, disappointing US CPI, further oil price falls, growing Chinese uncertainties (Friday’s Chinese manufacturing PMI dropping to its lowest since March 2009) and sharp falls in global equity prices seem to have tipped the balance more decisively against a September 17th Fed rate hike. Market pricing has suggested around/less than a … More The Week A September Fed Hike Died? USD Bulls on the Run

EUR support from China worries likely to prove temporary in most scenarios

Recent EA macro data have continued to underwhelm – the latest subdued credit data follow Friday’s weaker than expected flash PMI – while US durable goods orders were better than expected (although core shipments disappointed). Yet the EURUSD has bounced a couple of big figures to above 1.11, apparently as China-weakness induced risk aversion and … More EUR support from China worries likely to prove temporary in most scenarios

ECB preparing to fight the FED and overly optimistic on lending dynamics reinforces likely EUR downsides

The headlines from last week’s ECB press conference were dominated by the ECB’s €900m increase in Greek ELA, the potential for Greek bonds to be included in ECB QE and the apparent overall commitment to keep Greece in the Euro. But that seems to have allowed more important developments to have pass under the radar: … More ECB preparing to fight the FED and overly optimistic on lending dynamics reinforces likely EUR downsides

MPC “feeling its way as it goes” to rate rises but looking pragmatic about GBP strength

Sterling bulls will be cheering Mark Carney and David Miles this week, as their TSC comments and speeches have propelled GBP sharply higher, with EURGBP falling through the important 0.70 level. And this again looks to have been driven by diverging monetary policy expectations, as proxied by swap rate differentials, as expectations of the first … More MPC “feeling its way as it goes” to rate rises but looking pragmatic about GBP strength