Thursday 20th August 2020
There’s no doubt about it, there was disappointment from investors after the minutes of the recent FOMC meeting were released. There was hope that there would be some indication of how the committee would be arriving at a forward guidance for Fed strategy, but nothing. As NAB’s David de Garis says, Jerome Powell had suggested that their strategic review – that was interrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak – was well advanced and details would be released soon. Clearly not this soon, and equities fell back a little on the lack of new news. There’s a clearer picture on the direction of the RBNZ, with an expectation that interest rates will be in negative territory next year. There’s discussion of that on today’s podcast, plus the China-Australia fracas and US unemployment and stimulus (or lack of).