Europe was largely offline yesterday for an extended weekend but there was much going on elsewhere, particularly US president Donald Trump’s announcement on Saturday that he was suspending his promised tariffs on Chinese aluminium and steel. This détente triggered a quite decent relief rally on Monday, with the Aussie dollar being a notable beneficiary, says John J Hardy, Saxo’s head of forex strategy. “The feeling is that they’re talking and negotiating rather than just trading barbs,” he adds.
But other dangers loom elsewhere, with what Hardy calls “the political revolution in Italy” (the planned new anti-establishment/populist coalition government) being particularly worrying. Yesterday, the unsettling prospect of a broadly anti-EU government at the helm of the Eurozone’s third-largest economy sparked a dramatic widening is peripheral spreads versus bunds, with Italian yields naturally spiking hardest. “I have a hard time seeing any euro rally here as long as German-Italian spreads are this wide,” Hardy says.
For equities, the US-China thaw meant a one-day rally, says Peter Garnry, Saxo’s Head of Equity Strategy. “Obviously it’s positive for global growth but I don’t see it as a sufficiently positive catalyst to bring equities up to their January highs.”
“The political risk on equities is largely priced into Italian equities, but if you want to have a positive spin on this then stay away from Italian assets short-term but perhaps return later when things calm down. This government will hardly last very long and we’re likely to have new elections,” Garnry notes.
Oil, meanwhile, remains right up there around $80/barrel, thanks In part to the ongoing Iranian sanctions kerfuffle and a new threat of more stringent sanctions on Venezuela following its re-election of the hardline leftist Maduro at the weekend, says Ole Hansen, Saxo’s Head of Commodity Strategy. These twin themes will continue to affect oil in the days ahead.
Finally today, a few points from Kim Cramer-Larsson, Saxo technical analyst: “We’re in the final stage of an uptrend in the NSADAQ 100 and I think we’ll see another attempt to break the 7,000 level this week.” For the S&P500, Kim expects the 2,000 level to be tested in the next couple of days, while the DAX is struggling a little but remains in a rising channel with resistance around 13,000.
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.