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

Trump’s impossible trinity likely resolved by dollar strength but potential bumpy ride

This piece discusses dollar propsects in light of it’s 2017 retracement and the impossible trinity of fiscal expansion, independent US monetary policy and dollar jawboning which the Trump adminstration seems to be pursuing (alongside prospects for US and foreign monetary policy).  If Trump eventually delivers a substantial fiscal expansion the impossible trinity seems most likely … More Trump’s impossible trinity likely resolved by dollar strength but potential bumpy ride

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

Trump Towers over €Area political risks: periphery yields and € pressurised

This piece considers the macro-financial implications of the Euro Area’s political risks, in greater market focus following Donald Trump’s election win (which I argued was underpriced), focussing on the 4 December Italian Consitutional Referendum.  Overall, further politics-driven market volatility seems likely, even if political concerns eventually dissipate. The main points are: Financial markets’ previous under-pricing of … More Trump Towers over €Area political risks: periphery yields and € pressurised

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

Yen strength likely with further BoJ ill communication, asymmetric risks

This post previews Wednesday’s highly-uncertain but very important Bank of Japan policy meeting, featuring the Comprehensive Assessment of monetary policy. Overall, there’s a strong risk of BoJ disappointing dovish market expectations thereby generating Yen upside and a bond market sell-off (although the FOMC decision will also impact) and smaller market moves are likely should the BoJ try to … More Yen strength likely with further BoJ ill communication, asymmetric risks

Markets under-pricing post-Brexit MPC easing: further £ falls as economic weakness trumps recent reduced political uncertainty

This post previews Thursday’s MPC decision and discusses prospects for sterling. The main points are: (i) markets are under-pricing the chances of MPC rate cuts on Thursday and, especially, in August/November. A full 25bp rate cut is not priced by end-year despite Carney’s strong indication of action during the summer.  Moreover, immediate action would usefully support … More Markets under-pricing post-Brexit MPC easing: further £ falls as economic weakness trumps recent reduced political uncertainty

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

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

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

ECB confronted by tighter financial conditions, poor data and politician pressures

Today’s headlines have been dominated by the 9-0 MPC decision (which I correctly anticipated, together with the EURGBP rise, see here).  But financial market developments over the past couple of days have also made for some very uncomfortable reading for the ECB – financial conditions have once again tightened despite Draghi’s strong hints at further … More ECB confronted by tighter financial conditions, poor data and politician pressures

ECB under pressure from oil and EUR strength

The early 2016 China-induced financial market volatility, including oil prices hitting twelve-year lows below $30 and sharp equity price falls, reinforces my existing bias to eventual further ECB easing in 2016 (alongside other central banks becoming more dovish e.g. Carney’s comments today,  Bullard’s recent concerns about US inflation expectations and others like the Riksbank biased … More ECB under pressure from oil and EUR strength

Draghi throws door wide open to December rate cut, putting ECB credibility on the line

Draghi today exceeded already dovish market expectations of further ECB easing – explicitly signalling that further easing was on the agenda for December, that a further depo rate cut was no longer verboten and revealing that some members played with the idea of easing today. Overall his message that ECB policy is one of “work … More Draghi throws door wide open to December rate cut, putting ECB credibility on the line