Stefan Scheuer (Allianz GI) | What will the Federal Reserve do? This is the question most asked by investors. In the US, the labour market remains in shape, households remain wiling to spend and inflation data has been better than expected.
By David F. Lafferty (Natixis) | Over the last few months, we have written, spoken, and tweeted incessantly about the coming headwinds to both the global economy and the capital markets. In July we noted that despite the current macroeconomic momentum, there are many factors that are likely to hamper growth by the time we get to late 2019 or 2020. These include tighter monetary policy that will actually begin to pinch growth, fading tax-cut and fiscal stimulus (especially if the Democrats take the US House of Representatives in the midterm elections), continued trade and export headwinds, a Brexit supply-shock to the UK and EU, and so on.
The outstanding labour market performance in the US has triggered widespread speculation of a Fed rate hike as early as September. Nonetheless, most new jobs are part-time, while the hourly wage increase lags well behind its pre-crisis pace.
FOMC members need more evidence that inflation is moving toward their goal and the improvement in the labour market is sufficient and sustainable.
UBS analysts explain some key aspects of Fed’s challenging task starting in September.
MADRID | May 12, 2015 | By Ana Fuentes | Easy money and negative yields are fueling an unprecedented, dangerous bubble: prices of assets, stocks, bonds and houses are more inflated than ever. Central bankers are noting (and warning against) it. Some market makers are following suit and recommend to reduce exposure to risk.