Wednesday 1st September 2021
Markets have lost their optimism overnight. China’s PMIs came in softer than expected and Canada’s GDP, expected to grow, actually fell. Add falling consumer confidence in the US and there;s plenty of numbers for those looking at the glass half full. Inflation reared its ugly head again too, with Europe’s CPI read much more than anticipated, which could present a headache for the ECB, who had signalled that their emergency bond buying would continue through to next year. Ina amongst all of this, the Aussie and Kiwi dollars rose. NAB’s Ray Attrill says it’s telling as to how much pessimism and bad news was already priced into both these currencies.