Plenty to look forward to

It hasn’t been the most thrilling start to the week but the good news is that it should improve from here as the US rejoins and the economic calendar fills out.

We were basically treading water on Monday which is often the case on a US bank holiday. The fact that the calendar was as thin as it was elsewhere naturally doesn’t help and it may be no bad thing either. We’ve become so accustomed to relentless action in the markets this past year in particular that a day of calm can be a good thing. But don’t expect it to last.

This week may not be as all-action as others we’ve experienced this month but there is still plenty for investors to get their teeth stuck into. Today is littered with economic releases throughout, with the PMIs being a key feature of that. At a time of such uncertainty over inflation, interest rates, and the economy, these forward-looking business surveys carry extra weight. And what’s more, they’re expected to show businesses are becoming less pessimistic which would be a small win but a win nonetheless.

That said, the Japanese manufacturing PMI was expected to do just that and instead dipped much further into contraction territory. The decline was driven by lower output, new orders, and new export orders; once again indicating waning global demand and trade. The services survey was much better but that is being driven by improved tourism as restrictions were removed, and government support. All in all, there are more concerning signs than promising ones.


The RBA minutes from earlier this month highlighted how unnerved policymakers are by recent inflation developments, with a pause in tightening not even discussed despite that at one stage appearing to be where the central bank was heading. In fact, the debate centered around whether there was a need to accelerate the hiking cycle which may unsettle investors that have become more relaxed on the belief that the end is near.

The message, often not heard, from policymakers around the world has consistently been that there’s more to do and that rates may need to stay higher for longer but investors have not always been receptive to that. That seems to be changing and a 50-basis point hike would have very much driven that home but the RBA instead opted for 25 this time, backed by the belief that monthly meetings allow for a more gradual exit. ​

Can bitcoin overcome major resistance?

There is no shortage of optimism in bitcoin this year and it’s continuing to push higher again today. The cryptocurrency is trading close to $25,000, a huge test considering the scale of recovery we’ve seen in the last seven weeks. The region around $24,500-$25,500 was big on the way down so it will be a big psychological test this time around, too. But with bitcoin up around 50% already this year, you have to wonder how much further it can go.

For a look at all of today’s economic events, check out our economic calendar:

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
Craig Erlam