Friday 5th February 2021
Today’s moves reinforce the emerging story of two destinies. The UK and the US are well ahead of Europe on vaccine rollouts, and that seems to be the major focus of markets right now. The pound was also helped by a very hawkish stance taken by the Bank of England governor, who is expecting a strong recovery in the second half of the year driven by record savings. NAB’s Gavin Friend says this is all a change in the base case from the beginning of the year when it was assumed the US would be at the back of the recovery queue. Locally there will be a lot of interest in RBA Governor Philip Lowe’s parliamentary testimony, particularly as the AFR today leads on speculation of a raging bull in stocks and housing driven by the expectation of continuing low interest rates.