Wednesday 24th February 2021
Many believe the RBA didn’t go far enough on Monday, buying up a $1 billion of bond purchases in the face of sharply rising bond yields. NAB’s Tapas Strickland points to speculation in the AFR today that the RBA will come out swinging today and tomorrow, buying up more state and federal government debt to make up for the shortfall. Elsewhere, US equities are generally down, driven largely by tech stocks and other rotational moves. They did get a bounce, however, when Jerome Powell gave his testimony to the senate, reiterating that the Fed was still a long way from its targets. It was a similar party line from the Bank of Canada overnight. Today, the RBNZ is the next central bank of the marks, and they’ll be treading a careful line, trying not to inflate the Kiwi dollar, but with the global reflation trade there’s not much they can do to stop it.