ECB Stresses Current Inflation Hump Shaped Not Stagflation

ECB accounts of its October monetary policy meeting addressed a lot of key questions. The big one, is inflation transitory and are we headed for stagflation? The Bank recalled that stagflation experiences in the 1970s occurred in a different environment, in which indexation allowed wages to react to energy prices. The shortage of critical supplies including energy and other commodities has “seen market-based measures of inflation compensation in the euro area had surged to their highest levels in over seven years, … Continue reading “ECB Stresses Current Inflation Hump Shaped Not Stagflation”

Reserve Bank of New Zealand Raised Rate 25 Basis Points as Expected

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand raised its Official Cash Rate from 0.50% to 0.75% as expected as capacity pressures have continued to tighten. RBNZ says headline CPI inflation is expected to measure above 5 percent. Reserve Bank of New Zealand raise its Official Cash Rate from 0.50% to 0.75% The rise in the official cash rate comes after last month’s which was the first since 2014 when the OCR hit a post-GFC peak of 3.5 per cent. RBNZ projections … Continue reading “Reserve Bank of New Zealand Raised Rate 25 Basis Points as Expected”

Jerome Powell Re-nominated Fed Chair With Lael Brainard Vice-Chair

In what the Press had us believe was a close race The White House took the sensible route and nominated Jerome Powell for a second four-year term, according to a statement. PredictIt had Powell at a 79% favorite. Lael Brainard will be nominated as vice-chair replacing Richard Clarida. She was expected to get vice-chair of supervision if not chair. The White House said both Powell and Brainard share the administration’s focus on ensuring that economic growth broadly benefits all workers … Continue reading “Jerome Powell Re-nominated Fed Chair With Lael Brainard Vice-Chair”

Fed’s Waller Wants a Faster Taper With Concern If Inflation Embedded Into Wage Demands

The Federal Reserve is continuing to voice it’s concern about inflation, wages and disparities between those who benefited from asset inflation and those who have been hurt by it. Fed Governor Christopher Waller said on Friday the rapid improving job market market and deteriorating inflation data have pushed him towards favoring a faster pace of tapering and more rapid removal of accommodation. “The rapid improvement in the labor market and the deteriorating inflation data have pushed me towards favoring a … Continue reading “Fed’s Waller Wants a Faster Taper With Concern If Inflation Embedded Into Wage Demands”

Seeing Broader Based Increases in Inflation – NY Fed Williams

The New York Fed president John Williams, hwo is a voting member continued with his hawkish tilt of late. His comments roiled financial markets somewhat with selling in the more speculative names such as those in Russell 2000 index. He also focused on familiar themes saying supply constraints are a major factor on the labor market and supply chain bottlenecks. “We definitely have seen a pickup in underlying inflation in the U.S. that we’ll be studying carefully,” Williams said during a virtual … Continue reading “Seeing Broader Based Increases in Inflation – NY Fed Williams”

Hawkish Bullard Cays Core PCE Is Quite High

Fed Governor speaking on BBGTV said US Core PCE Is “Quite High” and added that the Fed should take towards a more hawkish policy in the next couple of meetings. He said 3%-4% Rate `Is Not My Base Case’ Feds Bullard Speech Highlights Core PCE is quite high Fed should take towards a more hawkish policy in the next couple of meetings Markets are past the taper tantrum. The Fed could move further faster Fed taper increased to $30 billion … Continue reading “Hawkish Bullard Cays Core PCE Is Quite High”

RBA Says Underlying Inflation at 2.5% Mid-Point Would Not Warrant Rate Rise

Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Lowe in giving a speech after today’s release of the RBA November meeting minutes addressed what it would require for a rate rise in Australia. He spoke of varying inflation degrees and the difference domestically and globally.   Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Lowe speech:  Recent Trends in Inflation  Address to the Australian Business Economists (ABE)Online and Sydney – 16 November 2021  Speech Headlines via Reuters  Latest data, forecasts do not warrant a rate rise in 2022 Economy, … Continue reading “RBA Says Underlying Inflation at 2.5% Mid-Point Would Not Warrant Rate Rise”

Binance Processes $76 Billion in Cryptocurrencies Per Day

Cryptocurrencies have gone vertical in 2021 led by Bitcoin to over $65,000 from just $28,000 months a go and $2,000 a few years ago. With volumes and values have soared and one crypto exchange has grown at such Breakneck speeds, Binance which is processing $78 Billion worth a day. The Wall Street Journal last week compared last week how astonishing the growth is, and comparing to major stock markets the complete antithesis of those traditional exchanges in so many ways. … Continue reading “Binance Processes $76 Billion in Cryptocurrencies Per Day”

New Zealand To Issue Sovereign Green Bonds To Support Climate Transition

New Zealand government announced it’d be issuing a ‘green bond’ to fund low-emission or environmental projects such as renewable energy or reforestation, have increasingly become part of climate financing around the world including the UK, Germany and France. The ‘green bonds’ are issued at lower interest rates (relative to conventional govt bonds) to money managed by sustainable funds & those with ESG (environment, social and sustainability) mandates. In 2020 the global green bond market reached a cumulative issuance milestone of … Continue reading “New Zealand To Issue Sovereign Green Bonds To Support Climate Transition”

Banco de México Raises Rates Again With Inflation Risk To Mexican Economy

The Mexican Central Bank, Banco de México raised interest rates by 25 basis points to 5.00% with the bank saying headline and core inflation forecasts were revised upwards. Last month the Banco Central do Brasil​ hiked its benchmark interest rate by 150bp to 7.75% The Mexico central bank Governing Board increased the target for the overnight interbank interest rate by 25 basis points to 5.00%. The vote was not unanimous, voting in favor of the decision were Alejandro Díaz de … Continue reading “Banco de México Raises Rates Again With Inflation Risk To Mexican Economy”