Tuesday 18th May 2021
US shares fell sharply today as investors once again weighed up inflation concerns. The only new data to support rising prices was the Empire State Manufacturing Index, which showed an all-time high for prices paid and future prices. NAB’s Tapas Strickland says it’s the tech sector that has been hit the hardest, perhaps because of overvaluation concerns and the fear of a Fed that has to raise rates aggressively if it’s behind the curve on inflation. Also on today’s podcast discussion of the RBA minutes later today, China’s retail numbers yesterday and the UK’s employment data later on today.