Monday 8th February 2021
Friday’s non-farm payrolls numbers in the US surprised on the downside. NAB’s Rodrigo Catril says a big downward revision to the December numbers also disappointed. The good news is that this softer set of numbers adds impetus to Joe Biden’s drive to push through his $1.9 trillion stimulus package. One sticking point is concerns, even from some Democrats, about whether this extra money injected into the economy will be inflationary. The steepening yield curve is pointing to heightened inflation expectations. In other news over the weekend Mario Draghi has managed to secure support in Italy, whilst news is mixed about the efficacy of some vaccines to the newer strains of the virus. Plus, a look at the data highlights to look out for this week.