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Start your day with the NAB Morning Call for the latest overnight key economic and market information straight from our team of expert market economists and strategists. This includes perspective on overnight news and market price action and the forces shaping movements in Australian and global markets in the days ahead.
 
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Monday 8th August 2022The US non-farm payrolls numbers on Friday were certainly a surprise to many, with 528k new jobs created in July, twice the market expectation. Wages also rose further. Phil talks to NAB’s Ray Attrill about the swift market response, with many assuming the Fed will go for another big hike at their next meeting. US consumer cre…
 
Thursday 11th August 2022US inflation numbers were lower than expected, giving markets a major boost if confidence. Shares rose sharply, thew VUIX index fell to the lowest in quite a while, the USA dollar weakened, and the Aussie dollar was given a major boost. But will the enthusiasm last? As NAB’s Tapas Strickland explains, the falls were largely…
 
Wednesday 9th August 2022Markets are a bit in limbo today. We’ve seen bond yields reversing some of their initial response to non-farm payrolls, with the US dollar temporarily switching direction, and the Aussie and Kiwi dollars gaining strength. But for how long? NAB’s Skye Masters says what happens next will depend on US CPI numbers tomorrow. The…
 
Friday 5th August 2022Markets continue to be pulled in two directions. Is inflation peaking with the hope of a soft landing? Or is there more to come, forcing central banks to lift rates high enough to spark a recession. At least the uK seems to have a clearer picture, but its not a good one. As NAB’s Gavin Friend discusses today, the Bank of Engla…
 
Thursday 4th August 2022Nancy Pelosi has moved on from Taiwan and taken the cautious sentiment with her. Instead, very positive ISM services numbers in the US, and James Bullard talking about how the Fed will deliver ‘credible disinflation’, have seen the US dollar strengthen, helped shares bounce back and driven front end bond yields down. Today P…
 
Wednesday 3rd August 2022There has been some market caution this morning as Nancy Pelosi arrives in Taiwan, much to the disgust of China. Her rhetoric has been confrontational too, so what is the purpose of this visit? Fed speakers have been keen to shift US market sentiment away from the notion that there will be an easing in the path of rate hike…
 
Tuesday 2nd August 2022There 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 alt…
 
Monday 1st August 2022For those hoping that inflation was peaking (anywhere), then Friday didn’t bring good news. PCE numbers in the US are rising, Europe’s CPI is climbing higher, whilst manufacturing from China has slowed. Clearly, we’re not out of the woods yet, with former US treasury secretary Larry Summers saying on Friday that the Fed hasn’t…
 
Friday 29th July 2022US GDP fell by 0.9 percent in Q2. On top of the 1.6 percent fall in Q1 that meets the technical definition of a recession. But Jerome Powell and Janet Yellen are keen to point out the downturn is not sufficiently broad based to be called a recession. Nonetheless it does signify a further weakening in the economy, which investor…
 
Thursday 28th July 2022The FOMC has met, they’ve pushed rates up 75 basis points and, whilst Jerome Powell said there would be no forward guidance, he has hinted at another big rise next time. Of course, it all depends on the data. Phil Dobbie talks to NAB’s David de Garis about the take-outs from the press conference, which injected some animal sp…
 
Wednesday 27th July 2022There gave been sizeable falls in US equities, mainly stemming from a cut to Walmart’s profit estimates. NAB’s Tapas Strickland explains how the rising price of food is leaving less money for people to spend on discretionary items, with more price increases to come. Meanwhile, Europe is hoping to cut gas consumption as Russi…
 
Tuesday 26th July 2022From Wednesday one of two operating turbines on the Nordstream pipeline will be switched off, effectively halving the existing supply, taking gas provision to Europe down to 20 percent of full capacity. There’s no clear evidence that Europe has a coordinated plan to deal with reduced supplies, as EU member nations argue over t…
 
Monday 25th July 2022PMI numbers were much weaker than expected on Friday, particularly for US services, which fell quickly into a contractionary read of 47.1. The composite read for Europe also fell below 50. Will this mean central banks ease off the rate-hike pedal a little? The opposite is expected in Australia. Rodrigo Catril explains how NAB b…
 
Friday 22nd July 2022As we predicted the ECB lifted interest rates by 50 basis points yesterday, up to zero percent. NAB’s Ken Crompton says this was more than markets had expected and explains there was a short-lived reaction on the bond markets. There was also disappointment in the central bank’s anti-fragmentation tool, which now has a name and …
 
Thursday 21st July 2022There’s some confidence in the markets this morning, despite what seems to be a compendium of bad news for Europe. NAB’s Gavin Friend says gas prices have fallen because Vladimir Putin has indicated that they will meet the reopening deadline for the Nordstream pipeline, but it’ll be at only 20 percent of its capacity. As disc…
 
Wednesday 20th July 2022Markets are preparing for a big rate rise by the ECB tomorrow. NAB’s Rodrigo Catril says they are hiking when the expectation is that the Nordstream pipeline won’t fully reopen for some time, if at all. “No energy means no growth”, he says, with the likelihood that Europe is heading for a major recession. Is the central bank…
 
Tuesday 19th July 2022The resumption in gas supplies to Europe could well be delayed, but perhaps Russia has a legitimate reason. A bigger move this morning has been the rise in the price of oil which NAB’s Ray Attrill will in part be down to Saudi Arabia’s refusal to increase supplies. Equities have fallen slightly, in part because of reports that…
 
Monday 18th July 2022US equities rallied on Friday as data releases showed some resilience in the economy, but is it enough to stave off recession? Probably not, says NAB’s Tapas Strickland on today’s podcast, but it will be enough to put to bed any ideas of a 100 basis point rate rise by the Fed this month. Also today, China’s fall in GDP was wors…
 
Friday 15th July 2022In a week of surprises (US CPI and labour market data, Canada’s interest rate rise, China’s lockdowns and the US$-Euro parity), yesterday saw a sharp fall in Australia’s unemployment rate. ‘It was our turn to surprise’, says NAB’s Taylor Nugent on this morning’s podcast. Unemployment has now fallen to a level below what the RBA…
 
Thursday 14th July 2022US inflation has picked up more than expected, rising 9.1% in the year to June. The Fed’s Raphael Bostic said later that “everything was in play” when it came to a July rate rise. NAB’s David de Garis says, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what he meant. The Bank of Canada (BoC) had just raised rates by 100 basis points…
 
Wednesday 13th July 2022There’s no let-up when it comes to the downward expectations around the health of the global economy. US bond yields inverted further, suggesting a heightening of recession expectations. Oil prices fell sharply lower, suggesting demand is expected to fall further. US small business owners who expect conditions to improve in …
 
Tuesday 12th July 2022There’s a more cautious tone in the markets today, with US equities falling, bond prices rising, and the US dollar continuing on the up and up. Sentiment hasn’t been helped today by more lockdowns in China as COVID cases flare up. Ironically, Yuan loans have increased a fair bit. NAB’s Tapas Strickland says this suggests, perh…
 
Monday 11th July 2022It is a bit weird that positive US jobs data would be seen as heightening the expectations of a recession, but that seems to be the case. As NAB’s Ray Attrill explains on today’s podcast, the strength in the non-farm payrolls numbers of Friday did nothing to ease expectations that the Fed will continue with a rapid pace of rate…
 
Friday 8th July 2022There have been slightly less recession concerns in the US overnight, with equities and commodity prices pushing higher and 10 year Treasury yields pushing back over 3%. Jobs have been front and centre, with weekly jobless claims not moving far, and non-farm payrolls adding more data to the picture later tonight. It’s been a tor…
 
Thursday 7th July 2022The FOMC minutes are out, pointing to significant risk if inflation isn’t nipped in the bud. Markets are taking this as a sign that the Fed will lift rates more quickly, starting with a 50-75 basis point hike at the next meeting. This has added to concerns about the Fed inducing a recession, yet equity markets continue to clim…
 
Wednesday 6th July 2022The Euro is getting closer to parity with the US dollar. In today’s podcast NAB’s Skye Masters points out that the Markets team had forecast parity by the end of the year, but it looks like it wil happen much sooner than that. The big moves overnight, including a sizable fall in oil and copper, show recession fears are front …
 
Tuesday 5th July 2022The RBA meets today and the NAB expectation is that they will lift interest rates by 50 basis points. Phil asks NAB’s Tapas Strickland whether, by seeing inflation rising slower than many other parts f the world, whether we’ll see a lower peak and hence, less work needed by the RBA. There seem to be lots of hope lately that inf…
 
Monday 4th July 2022Recessions fears continue to rise, pushing bond yields lower. As NAB’s Rodrigo Catril explains, the ISM manufacturing report in the US on Friday added to the fears, showing a contraction in new orders. It’s no longer an issue of supply constraints, demand is also softening. Yet inflation continues to rise. In Europe it grew from…
 
Friday 1st July 2022Yields are lower in the US and Europe as recession fears grow, prompted by weaker than expected personal spending in the US, with a very strong chance of a negative Q2 GDP, which would mean the US economy was in recession. Whilst you might hope less consumption would mean falling inflation, NAB’s Tapas Strickland days there’s li…
 
Thursday 30th June 2022Markets are confused as to where the global economy is heading. If investors were looking to the ECB Forum in Sintra for clarification, they will have been disappointed, with Jerome Powell confessing that recent experience has shown ‘how little we understand inflation’. NAB’s Gavin Friend says it doesn’t inspire you with conf…
 
Wednesday 29th June 2022US equities switched direction overnight. NAB’s Taylor Nugent says it was a swift response to a weaker than expected consumer sentiment read in the US, with a particularly sharp fall in the expectations component. European yields are markedly higher today as Christine Lagarde spoke up the task at hand for the ECB, even thoug…
 
Tuesday 28th June 2022The volatility of the past few months means there is likely to be a greater need for rebalancing at the end of the quarter this time, says NAB’s Rodrigo Catril. Hence, we have seen a mixed picture overnight, with equities down, yields rising, the Aussie dollar suffering another fall and oil and iron ore rising in price, but ea…
 
Monday 27th June 2022These are strange times. Market sentiment improved at the end of last week because of weaker consumer sentiment and a downward revision in consumer inflation expectations. The hope is this means that central banks will need to do less to curb inflation, which is reducing recession fears. But as NAB’s Ray Attrill says, that coul…
 
Friday 24th June 2022There have been big movements in bond yields overnight. NAB’s Ken Crompton says there’s been a reaction to weak PMI data from Europe and the US. There were promising signs, though, particularly in Europe were rising inventory numbers suggest demand is softening and prices are weakening, which could lessen the need for aggressiv…
 
Thursday 23rd June 2022You take whatever you want from a senate hearing, so there have been mixed reviews of Jerome Powell’s performance in front of the Senate Banking Committee. Some picked up on his claim that the US economy was in a strong position, whilst others focused on his warning that a recession was a ‘possibility’. Phil asks NAB’s Gavin …
 
Wednesday 22nd June 2022We’ve just had the longest night of the year in Australia but the markets are focused on the light at the end of the tunnel! There is a lot of positive sentiment today, with NAB’s Taylor Nugent point to strong growth in US and European shares across almost all sectors. So, does this mean there’s an acceptance, once again, th…
 
Tuesday 21st June 2022RBA Governor Philip Lowe is talking at an American Chamber of Commerce event this morning in Sydney. Phil asks NAB’s Ray Attrill whether he could signal that interest rates could push higher than 2.5 percent, even though he said that was a possible level to reach on the 7.30 Report only last week. Certainly central banks seem …
 
Monday 20th June 2022It’s almost like there’s a race to turn up the rhetoric between central bank speakers, signalling to markets that rates will keep going up and the increments might be quite large. Klaus Knott from the ECB, for example, is talking about a possible series of 50 basis point hikes, which is a long way from the gradualism we’ve been…
 
Friday 17th June 2022The positive reaction to yesterday’s FOMC market was short lived, with a much softer US dollar this morning and big falls in equity markets. NAB’s David de Garis says some of the uncertainty comes from a surprise decision by the Swiss National Bank to lift interest rates for the first time in 17 years – and not by a little bit,…
 
Thursday 16th June 2022The FOMC announced a 75-basis point rise in interest rates in the US, with rates rising to 3.4 percent by the end of the year. Sat the press conference that followed Jerome Powell spelt out that the next rise would be 50 or 75 basis points at the next meeting. They continue to argue that all of this can be achieved with a sof…
 
Wednesday 15th June 2022The FOMC meeting tomorrow morning (Australian time) has been the focus of intense speculation this week, with the surprise inflation numbers last week suggesting a more aggressive stance by the Fed. Some commentators are even pointing to a 100-basis point rise. NAB’s Rodrigo Catril says the dot plots from this meeting – show…
 
Tuesday 14th June 2022There have been massive moves in financial markets since the release of the US inflation data on Friday. The US dollar is around the highest in decades, bond yields have shot up, in many cases to the highest in more than a decade, and the S&P500 has fallen to its lowest level in 15 months. NAB’s Tapas Strickland says the conce…
 
Friday 10th June 2022The ECB indicated overnight that they will lift rates at their July meeting, and if there’s no sign of a fall in inflation then a bigger hike might be necessary in September. This is the most hawkish the ECB has sounded, but Phil Dobbie asks NAB’s Gavin Friend if it is enough? The prospect of more rate rises has accentuated con…
 
Thursday 9th June 2022There’s not much optimism in the air this morning. The OECD almost doubled their inflation expectations and slashed their growth forecasts, with the UK chosen for a particularly pessimistic outlook. NAB has revised its own forecasts for RBA rate hikes, outlined in today’s podcast. Oil prices have shot higher, with NAB’s Rodrig…
 
Wednesday 8th June 2022It was only a month ago that RBA governor Lowe was suggesting a 25 basis point hike was business as usual, with the bank wanting to signal that things would return to normal with a standard adjustment in interest rates. As NAB’s Ray Attrill points out, it was only a few months ago that the RBA was suggesting rates weren’t goi…
 
Tuesday 7th June 2022There’s been lots of action on the markets overnight, with rates pushing higher and, for most of the session, equities on the rise too. NAB’s Tapas Strickland says reopening news from China has helped push equities higher, but the prospect of rate hikes has seen that optimism diminish as the session neared the close. In currenc…
 
Monday 6th June 2022It might be a quiet start to a busy week, with the RBA and ECB meeting, and the US releases its CPI numbers at the end of the week. NAB’s Skye Masters says there’s divided opinion on how far the RBA will push tomorrow – anywhere from 25 to 50 basis points. We know the ECB is moving slower, but we can expect they’ll give further …
 
Friday 3rdJune 2022Today saw another session demonstrating the violent swings across all asset classes. Equities, that were well down yesterday, are well up this morning, despite an earnings downgrade from Microsoft. A chunk of the optimism comes from news that OPEC+ will increase oil production, even though oil prices themselves rose today. NAB’s …
 
Thursday 2nd June 2022If investors were looking for signs of weakness in the US economy, in the hope that it might moderate the expectations for a rapid path of rate rises from the Fed, they didn’t get it, says NAB’s Rodrigo Catril. Instead, the ISM manufacturing PMI for May came in higher than expected, job openings remained high and job quits hav…
 
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