Monday 9th May 2022
Equity markets continued their falls on Friday, driven by concerns that the FOMC will let the economy slip into recession if it’s needed to keep inflation under control, just as the BoE warned last week. NAB’s Tapas Strickland says some Fed speakers have suggested a faster rate of tightening will be needed if supply chain difficulties aren’t corrected in a hurry. Given the China and Ukraine situations, that seems unlikely. Inflation concerns are rising everywhere. Even the ECB is expected to hike rates soon, and though the RBA’s path is somewhat slower than most there are concerns that they too might be underestimating the hit inflation could make and will need to correct quickly. All in all, a lot of investors will be looking eagerly for any signs that supply chain problems are improving.