Macro Dragon WK #21: Inflation Divergence, Central Banks vs. Markets?

Macro 4 minutes to read
Kay Van-Petersen

Global Macro Strategist, Saxo Bank Group

Summary:  Macro Dragon = Cross-Asset Quasi-Daily Views that could cover anything from tactical positioning, to long-term thematic investments, key events & inflection points in the markets, all with the objective of consistent wealth creation overtime.


(These are solely the views & opinions of KVP, & do not constitute any trade or investment recommendations. By the time you synthesize this, things may have changed.)

Macro Dragon WK #21: Inflation Divergence, Central Banks vs. Markets?


Top of Mind…

  • TGIM & welcome to WK #21
  • …where in Singapore (similar to other places in Asia, Taiwan, Japan) we have moved towards more restrictions, given concerns on the latest Covid-19 mutation focus, with this strain being believed to have originated in India. We’ve had similar concerns around the UK  Strain & the South African Strain from.
  • Naturally, better that all this is happening in a world where there is a vaccine, than say just 9months ago, when we had no vaccines. Its easier to manufacture a new vaccine for a new Covid strain, than if one had no vaccine.
  • Yet once again, the opening & closing, reopening dance shows that its not a linear path to the light at the end of the tunnel. With that said, KVP firmly believe it’s a question of when, not If. And yes, further restrictions means more fiscal aid has to come through.
  • Worth noting the UK will be ‘opening’ up again today & hopefully that trend will continue, as also Greece & New York get less restrictive.  
  • Last wk’s market infatuation was on the big beat in US inflation at +4.2%a vs +3.6%e, +2.6%p
  • Now know from base effect levels that a big number was possible, yet what likely threw the spanner in the works, was the abysmal -734K miss that we had in the US NFPs from two Fridays back. We also saw China with a strong PPI last wk +6.8%a 6.5%e 4.4%p.
  • The divergence on the inflation narrative between most central banks & the markets continues to play out – granted even within the Market camp, there are differing views.
  • The official Saxo House view is inflation is here & is not transitory, as we have been hearing from the Fed & ECB.
  • From KVP’s side, would just love to see the world without the covid-induced logistics constraints on supply/demand – lot of noise out there. Yet with that said, there will always be pockets of inflation & pockets of deflation, depending on what part of the ecosystem one is focusing on.   
  • Worth noting that UST 1.62% yields are still within the recent trading ranges & gold $1,850 on the other hand continues to break out higher, whilst the crypto complex retraces with BTC $45,000 & ETH $3,300.
  • Lastly, we are still +11.1% YTD on the S&P 500 at 4,173, with the Nasdaq +4.2% YTD at 13,429. Whilst the VIX jumped c. +13% last wk to close at 18.81, the big rally towards the end of the wk took us from the highs of 27.59 (US inflation print Weds).

 

2Q SaxoStrats Outlook

“In a Globe Drowning in Capital, Speculation is Eating the World”


Rest of the Week & Other Reflections

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Start<>End = Gratitude + Integrity + Vision + Tenacity | Process > Outcome | Sizing > Position.

This is The Way

Namaste,

-KVP

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