Wednesday 9th March 2022
Markets have been encouraged by a possible solution to the Ukraine crisis. The Kremlin had suggested a raft of measures, including a ban on NATO membership. Today, Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy suggested NATO wasn’t a priority. NAB’s Rodrigo Catril says the hope that a peaceful solution might be possible saw a strong risk-on mood hitting markets – although the Aussie dollar is down. Commodities continue to rise, of course. And the EU is meeting this week to discuss the issuance of bonds to cover spending on arms and to end a reliance on Russian energy. Also on today’s podcast, NAB’s Ivan Colhoun talks through yesterday’s NAB Business Survey.