The weekend's big story was Italy's descent into political chaos after the country's president blocked the appointment of a eurosceptic candidate for finance minister and the populist/anti-establishment pairing working to form a government abandoned their attempt.
"The big question now is whether we'll get an election or a technocrat government. What is certain is that this isn't good for the market and it's not good for Italian BTBs and corporate bonds," says Althea Spinozzi, from Saxo’s bond trading desk.
However, the possibility of a technocrat government rather than a deeply anti-EU one saw the euro break higher with the common currency bounding up from a six-month low early Monday. But one should be cautious here, says John J Hardy, Saxo’s head of forex strategy. "This situation is far from over and I'd be wary of going with the relief rally for now," he says, adding that headline risks are probable throughout the week.
The other big story in markets today is a dramatic reversal of fortune for crude oil which saw Brent take a deep dive as hedge funds accelerated their selling on the outlook to Opec and Russia relaxing their production cuts. The key level of $71.40 is now back in play, barring any modifications by Opec or Russia to their comments last week about loosening their restrictions on output.
Quarterly Outlook Q2 2022: The End Game has arrived
- Shocks from covid and the war in Ukraine have forced the global financial and political world to change, but what will the end game be?
Productivity and innovation have never been more importantAs the world economy hits physical limits and central banks tighten their belts, could equities be facing a 10-15% downside?
The great EUR recovery and the difficulty of trading itIf the terrible fog of war hopefully lifts soon, the conditions are promising for the euro to reprice significantly higher.
Tight commodity markets – turbocharged by war and sanctionsWith supply already tight, commodities keep powering on. But will it last for yet another quarter?
Between a rock and a hard placeGeopolitical concerns will add upward price pressures and fears of slower growth, while volatility will remain elevated.
The Great ErosionInflation is everywhere and central banks try to combat it. But will they get it under control in time?
Australian investing: Six considerations amid triple Rs: rising rates, record inflation and likely recessionWhile global financial markets are struggling in an uncertain world, the commodity-heavy Australian ASX index is poised to keep a positive momentum.
Cybersecurity – the rush to catch up with realityWith the invasion of Ukraine, governments and private companies are rushing to reinforce their cyber defenses.