Notable Week For Prominent Central Bankers

Europe Poised For Decent Start After Week of Consolidation

European equity markets are set to open around half a percentage point higher on Monday, taking a lead from Asia where markets also got the week off to a strong start.

This follows a week in which markets steadied themselves after a very volatile start to the month. Investors were left shocked earlier this month when stock markets went into a sudden tailspin, shedding more than 10% in a week and sending the VIX to levels not seen in more than two years in the process.

Fed Rhetoric to Drive Dollar

Higher inflation and interest rate expectations were blamed for the sharp sell-off following some more hawkish commentary from central banks and stronger economic data. While the situation has since settled down a lot and volatility has returned back to more normal levels, stocks remain around 5% off their highs in the US, more in Europe, while rates are not far from their recent highs.

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Draghi, Powell and Carney Speeches in Focus This Week

This should make the week ahead all the more interesting as inflation figures will be released for the US and eurozone and we’ll also hear from a number of central bankers including the heads of the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and Bank of England. ECB President Mario Draghi will get things underway on Monday with his appearance before the European Parliament this afternoon.

The ECB has long been preparing the markets for the end of bond buying and recent statements, minutes and comments from Draghi himself have indicated that the central bank intends to give plenty of warning of upcoming changes leading many to expect such a warning in the not too distant future. Draghi may therefore drop further hints on the timing of such a policy shift in today’s hearing which the euro will be particularly sensitive to.

A New Sheriff in Town

Draghi will be followed later in the week by an appearance from BoE Governor Mark Carney who used his appearance in last week’s inflation reporting hearing to reaffirm the central banks desire to raise interest rates this year. The one not to miss this week though will be new Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s appearances before the House Financial Services Committee (Tuesday) and Senate Banking Committee (Thursday) as he lays out his plans for interest rates this year and beyond and we learn whether the central bank under his leadership will differ from that of Yellen’s.

Economic Calendar

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.