Thursday 4th August 2022
There were further signs of a looming recession, with the US manufacturing ISM weakening, the Caixin Manufacturing PMI also lower and retail sales in Germany falling the most in 50 years. Oil is also falling, and the 2-10 yield spread in the US is close to being the most inverted it’s been since the year 2000. You’d think although these recession signs at a time when central banks are still pursuing aggressive hikes would be enough to upset the markets, but NAB’s Rodrigo Catril says they clearly haven’t got the message yet, with equities showing only minor falls today. The only positive news of the day was that the first shipment of grain has left from Odessa, but it’s anyone’s guess how long that will last. The RBA meets today, a 50-basis point rise is expected, and an increase in the bank’s inflation forecast this week.