Market Insights Podcast – US CPI, Michigan Consumer Confidence and Japan’s wage negotiations results looms

OANDA Senior Market Analyst Kelvin Wong joins Jonny Hart to discuss this week’s key economic data and events. The primary focus will be on the US CPI data for February out on Tuesday (12 March) and the preliminary wage negotiations result for FY 2024/2025 from Japan’s largest union group, Rengo on Friday (15 March).

The consensus is calling for a moderation of the US inflationary trend where the core-CPI data for February is expected to slow down slightly to 3.7% y/y from 3.9% y/y in January. Over in Japan, wages are expected to increase on an average of 3.85% annualized for FY 2024/2025, the largest jump since 1993. If it turns out as expected, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) will have enough evidence to potentially put an imminent end to short-term negative interest rates in Japan soon; likely to occur in March or April.

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Kelvin Wong

Kelvin Wong

Senior Market Analyst, Asia Pacific at OANDA
Based in Singapore, Kelvin Wong is a well-established senior global macro strategist with over 15 years of experience trading and providing market research on foreign exchange, stock markets, and commodities. Passionate about connecting the dots in the financial markets and sharing perspectives around trading and investment, Kelvin Wong is an expert in using a unique combination of fundamental and technical analyses, specializing in Elliott Wave and fund flow positioning, to pinpoint key reversal levels in the financial markets. In addition, over the last ten years, Kelvin has conducted numerous market outlook and trading-related seminars, as well as technical analysis training courses, for thousands of retail traders.