Marketmind: Time to Expect Inflation
Even more interesting is the move in inflation breakevens, which reflect bond market expectations of future price growth. Ten-year U.S. breakevens rose almost 5 bps yesterday and are up 10 bps in the past week. Those moves too are being seen across much of the developed world, including Germany and Britain.
It’s probably not all that surprising, given the spreading energy shortages and gas price spikes that have rapidly fed into crude oil markets, taking Brent above $80 a barrel.
Fears are growing of the associated seep-through into other parts of the economy; Chinese power shortages have already halted production at a number of factories and may further dent global supply chains.
Investors say the yield rises are yet insufficient to derail the TINA narrative that has kept the stocks rally going. European markets do look set for a stronger session though Wall Street futures are down, especially those for Nasdaq whose tech-heavy stocks take a bigger hit when yields are on the rise.
We get to hear the views of several policy heavyweights later on Tuesday, from Fed Chair Powell to the Bank of England’s Andrew Bailey to the ECB’s Christine Lagarde.
China’s PBOC meanwhile has managed to calm the waters with a pledge to support homeowners. That lifted Hong Kong and mainland-listed shares, including property firms that have been hit hard by the problems at Evergrande which looks set for a debt default.
But… could the United States be headed for default too?
With three days left before U.S. government funding expires and a month or less before the Treasury runs out of borrowing room, the Senate failed on Monday to approve a measure to suspend the debt ceiling. The wrangling continues.
Key developments that should provide more direction to markets on Tuesday:
-Chinese industrial firms’ profits slowed for a sixth consecutive month
-Britain put the army on standby to deliver fuel
-ECB President Christine Lagarde speaks
-Fed Chair Jerome Powell addresses Senate Banking committee
-U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen speaks
-Emerging markets: Morocco, Kenya central bank meetings
-German consumer sentiment
-BOE consumer credit
-U.S. business and consumer inventories
-Auction: 7-year Treasury auction
For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar.
(Reporting by Sujata Rao; editing by Karin Strohecker)