"The trade war headlines have come full circle," reports Saxo Bank Head of FX Strategy John Hardy. In this case, of course, 'full circle' means a return to President Trump's initial aggressive stance with the administration prepared to more than double the planned tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports in an attempt to get Beijing to the negotiation table.
In the forex space, Hardy notes the dollar's continued strength despite a slight June PCI inflation miss with the JPY as the largest mover in the wake of Monday's Bank of Japan meeting.
"The BoJ's ultra-loose policies are set to continue," says Saxo fixed income specialist Althea Spinozzi, who adds that governor Kuroda 'blinked' in the face of market pressure and let the 10-year Japanese government bond yield fluctuate 20 basis points around zero.
"The JPY weakness followed the initial plunge in JGB yields," says Hardy, who adds that the yield move – but not that of the currency – has since retraced.
In stocks, Apple shares gained 4% after hours following a strong earnings release while in the commodities space, Saxo Head of Commodity Strategy Ole Hansen says that trade war fears appear to be offsetting supply risks in crude oil while gold remains significantly correlated to CNY with key support at $1,210/oz.
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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