Friday 1st October 2021
There’s a fair bit to chew on today, with commodity currencies helped by word from China that they must secure enough energy for winter, whatever the cost. The US has managed to agree an interim budget for now, but the debt ceiling remains an issue and will remain so until the very last minute. Jerome Powell pontificated in his congressional hearing about what to do if high inflation persists, but NAB’s Gavin Friend says nothing that was said deflects from the expectation that rate rises in the US are still a long way away. The US dollar has stalled its steady growth for now, in part because of the rise in commodity currencies, but will it resume its steady path? Maybe Europe will come to the fore. After all, they don’t have to debate spending packages, they already have one.