Monday 29th November 2021
There was a very strong market response to the news of the Omicron virus strain on Friday. Equities were hit hard, currencies ran for the shelter of safe havens and there was a sharp fall in bond yields. How much of this was a knee-jerk reaction amongst the thin trading on the day after Thanksgiving. NAB’s Rodrigo Catril says we can expect Asian markets to follow the US today, before markets settle down, but we can expect volatility for some time as we wait for news that helps assess the risk posed by this new strain. So, what does this mean for central bank tightening? Where will the Aussie dollar head through this turbulent time? What impact will it have on oil and inflation?