Thursday 12th May 2022
US inflation numbers didn’t fall as much as hoped, in fact the core number is up, making the job for the Fed that little but harder. There’s been a sharp response on the share markets, particularly for tech stocks, but less of a reaction in the bond markets. On today’s podcast NAB’s Skye Masters says there’s been a flattening of the yield curve, suggesting that the expectation is that the Fed won’t need to push further in its terminal rate. Meanwhile, Christine Lagarde has finally joined the ECB’s July rate-hike brigade, and the pound has taken a hit as Britain threatens to unilaterally pull out of a key component of the Brexit agreement with the EU, threatening a trade war.