Ever-so-slight language tweaks in last night's statement from the Federal Open Market Committee left the market divided as to the Fed's intentions as some interpreted them as dovish and others as bearing a hawkish hue. "The dollar reaction is a bit difficult to gauge as there was quite a good rally going into the meeting which basically then unwound," says John J Hardy, Saxo’s head of forex strategy.
Elsewhere in FX, the Norwegian krone will be getting a good bit of attention today, Hardy says: "EURNOK is up against 9.70+ resistance ahead of the Norges Bank meeting and the nokky could be hit if there's a dovish tone".
Meanwhile, equities remain stuck in their range and also displayed a confused reaction to the FOMC statement, says Peter Garnry, Saxo’s head of equity strategy . "The Fed is sticking to its trajectory and is indicating that inflation and the economic outlook warrant a gradual rate hike cycle". However, underlying dollar strength should add to short-term momentum in European equities despite recent macro weakness.
Among individual stocks, electric vehicle maker Tesla is the standout among yesterday's crop of corporate earnings as it outdid expectations in both revenue and earnings per share.
Finally today, crude oil remains stuck in rut even though new data released yesterday revealed the biggest US stock increase since January. "This shows that the focus is firmly on May 12 and Trump's decision about the Iran nuclear deal," says Ole Hansen, Saxo’s head of commodity strategy.
Outrageous Predictions 2023: The War Economy
- The constantly growing global need for energy drives the world's richest to huddle up and launch a R&D project in a size the world hasn't seen since the Manhattan Project gave the US the first atomic bomb.
French President Macron resignsThe political stalemate in France and the rise of Marie Le Pen following the 2022 elections corners President Macron, forcing him to give up on politics and resign from his position. At least for now.
Gold rockets to USD 3,000 as central banks fail on inflation mandateAs markets and central banks realise that the idea that inflation is transitory is wrong, and that prices will remain higher for longer, gold is sent through the roof, hitting a price tag of USD 3,000
EU Army forces EU down path to full unionWith continued challenges in the region and a US military that isn't aggressively enacting its former role as global policeman, the European Union agrees to create its own armed forces, bringing the whole region closer.
A country agrees to ban all meat production by 2030In an effort to become one of the global leaders on the path to net-zero emissions, one country decides to not only put a heavy tax on meat, but to ban domestic production entirely.
UK holds UnBrexit referendumFollowing a recession and domestic pressure, the United Kingdom is thrown into political turmoil that will end with a vote to wind back Brexit.
Widespread price controls are introduced to cap official inflationHistory tells us that with the war economy comes rationing and price controls. And this time is no different, as policymakers introduce strict price controls that lead to a range of unintended consequences.
OPEC+ & Chindia walk out of the IMF, agree to trade with new reserve assetSanctions against Russia have caused widespread turmoil due to US Dollar moves in countries across the globe that don't consider the US an ally. To relieve themselves from this, they leave the IMF and create a new reserve asset.
USDJPY fixed to the USD at 200 as Japan overhauls financial systemFollowing the challenges that faced the Japanese Yen in 2022, the Bank of Japan attempts to keep the currency from sliding. Unsuccessful on the long-term, Japan will launch a reset of its entire financial system.
Tax haven ban kills private equityWith the war economy comes an increased focus on national interests and sovereign nations' ability to assert themselves. In that regard, the OECD countries turn their attention on tax havens and pull the big guns out, banning them altogether.
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