Monday 16th May 2022
There was a slight reversal in sentiment on Friday, with the US dollar losing ground, equities climbing and bond yields rising. NAB’s Tapas Strickland says news of the easing of lockdowns in Shanghai this week might have provided an excuse for this switch around, but news over the weekend could make this change in direction very short lived, with China relinquishing its staging of the 2023 Asia Cup (soccer). In Europe, Sweden and Finland have both announced they intend to join NATO. If that wasn’t enough to upset Putin, Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest. Today, eye swill be on China’s fixed asset investments, industrial production numbers and retail sales, and on the continuing debate about whether the Fed (or any central bank) can deliver a soft landing from the inflation battle without forcing a recession.