Showing posts with label Brexit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brexit. Show all posts

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Mark Carney ‘serene’ about pre-referendum economic warnings

Mark Carney

Governor of Bank of England – Serene on Judgement of MPC/FPC


With the indications increasing, that economic activity had held up more than expected since the June referendum, the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney has fortified his blatant warnings regarding the negative impact of Brexit on the economy before MPs. In recent weeks with the firming of business activity surveys together with resilient retail spending data, has led to assertions from supporters of Brexit that the warnings of recession of the Governor has now been shown as scaremongering together with the quick to reduce interest rates, by the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee – MPC, after the vote.

 However, these charges were denied by Mr Carney at the time of replying to the questions before the Treasury Select Committee. He stated that considering all the events since the referendum he was absolutely serene regarding the judgements made by the MPC as well as the FPC – Financial Policy Committee. He further added that they certainly welcome the signs of stabilisation and that the Bank had anticipated a bounce back in the much observed Purchasing Managers’ Index – PMI surveys when the interest rates were reduced on 4 August.

Biggest Downgrade in Modern History – Growth Forecasts


That recover had provoked the economic forecasters of a host of City of London to revise their expectation of a recession in the second half of the year, though a sharp go-slow in the growth is yet extensively predicted. Mr Carney had mentioned before the EU referendum in May that a technical recession would be possible in case of a majority Brexit vote by the British public.Interest rates were reduced last month by the Bank to a new historic low of 0.25% and had pushed on another £70bn of Quantitative Easing as it revealed its biggest downgrade in its modern history in growth forecasts.

Mr Carney had repudiated the charges that levelled by the pro-Brexit Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg stating that the Ban had issued dire warnings before the vote, replying that he had heighted risks aptly. Moreover, the Governor had also added that the financial impetus the Bank had instigated together with its rapid offer of liquidity to the banking system had been one of the main causes the financial conditions seemed to be alleviated.

Traders Clambering Back


Moreover the Governor had also added that the implementation of the Bank on monetary stimulus and its rapid offer of liquidity to the banking system had been the main cause of financial situations being steadied. He commented that they had made the crystallisation of those risks less probable. Mr Carney had also mentioned that the Bank had `helped ensure that what was surprise for financial markets passed smoothly and that allowed us not to have an overshoot’.

Sterling has faced a record fall against the dollar in the two day in the wake of June 23 vote, dipping to its lowermost rate against the US currency in the last 31 years.The Bank of England had stated in August, that it could cut the interest rates again later in the year if the economy declined on the predictable. Presently the traders are clambering back their bets on another cut in view of the more positive economic data.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Brexit Effect -What’s next for Markets

Brexit

Britain’s Vote – European Union Likely to Disturb British/European Economies


Mentioning that Brexit vote on June 23 which had taken the financial market unaware could be an understatement and the pound, British stocks as well as the Gilt yields had mounted sharply in the week which lead up to the vote but crashed once the results began coming in.

Generally speaking, strategists on Credit Suisse’s Global Markets and Investment Solutions and Products (IS&P) teams anticipate markets to stay volatile in the forthcoming days and for the investors to favour safe assets to the uncertain ones.

 Some of the views have been highlighted from across the bank on how Britain’s referendum vote leaving the European Union is likely to disturb the British as well as the European economies and a broad range of financial resources.

The Economic Impact


The Credit Suisse’s Global Markets and IS&P team are of the belief that the Brexit vote would be creating a considerable amount of uncertainty for British businesses which would eventually lead to a weakening in GDP. Both the teams also tend to believe that the Bank of England would step in with cuts in rate.

Moreover, the Global Markets team believes that the Bank of England to cut rates from 0.5% to 0.05% and had another round of measurable easing to the tune of £ 75 billion which would not be later than August 2016.

Credit Suisse’s Chief Investment Officer for International Wealth Management, Michael O’Sullivan, pointed out that the central banks all over the work seems to be on alert to step in, ensuring that their own banking systems tend to have sufficient liquidity. Besides weak corporate spending, Global Markets economists anticipate growing inflation as well as the decline of the British pound to squeeze household expenditure.

Accordingly, they predicted that GDP would fall 1% between the third quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2016 which would have lessened their growth predictions for 2016 from 1.8% to 1% and the 2017 growth predictions from 2.3% to 1%.

Significant Slowdown in Growth


The analysts of Credit Suisse’ IS&P also expect a significant slowdown in growth and the teams contemplate it possible that the deteriorating value of the pound would be causing a front-page inflation to spike. The Global Markets team also seem to anticipate an impediment to the recent pickup in corporate spending especially in Europe together with the tightening of financial conditions.

The economists of the team had dropped their European GDP growth expectations from 1.7% to 1.5% in 2016 and from 2% to 1% in 2017. Credit Suisse’s IS&P team are of the belief that the Eurozone would not be following the U.K. into depression unless the Brexit vote ends in severe financial infection to peripheral economies like Italy. However, the analysts on the team envisage this as a tail risk. The IS&P team are of the belief that the European

Central Bank would lengthen its quantitative easing program whereas the Global Markets team consider that there is a possibility with added easing through the prevailing TLTRO program offering low-interest funding to commercial banks.Credit Suisse’s Investment Committee has downgraded European stocks to neutral as well as British stocks to drift whereas the U.S. stocks to neutral. Moreover strategists of Credit Suisse’s Global Markets had shifted their year-end goals from 6,600 to 6,200 on the FTSE 100, 2,150 to 2,000 on the S&P 500 and on the Eurostoxx 50, from 3,350 to 2,950.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Markets Struggle with Brexit Hangover, Pound Sinks

Pound

Asian Stocks Dropped/British Pound Plunged – Brexit


Asian stocks dropped and British pound plunged over 2% on Monday while markets wriggled to shake off the uncertainty which had ignited due to Britain’s choice of leaving the European Union. Emotion seemed weak even though the most horrible of the uproar envisaged on Friday when the global stock markets had suffered one of their largest declines in almost five years, had improved. Senior foreign bond strategist at Mizuho Securities, Hiroko Iwaki, had stated that “things are so uncertain that investors still do not have a clear idea how much risk assets they need to sell. But it is safe to assume investors are not yet done with all the selling they need to do. I would not be surprised to see another 10% fall in share prices”. From the several questions regarding the British exit, or Brexit, which have generated are `just how much UK and European economies will slow, how they would negotiate their new relationship and how European leaders would try to improve the collapsing EU’. The world’s most traded stock futures; US S& P dropped 0.4% to 2,011.50, soaring close to the three and a half month low of 1,999 of Friday.

Brexit – First Surprise in Re-Calibration


The widest index of Asia Pacific shares MSCI, beyond Japan, shrank losses to 0.6% since the companies especially with UK exposure were under pressure.Equity strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong, Ajay Singh Kapur had written in a note that they think Brexit could be the first surprise in a re-calibration of the world away from globalisation towards more inward-looking policy making’.He further added that `Brexit has now possibly opened up more uncertainty about the European Union project and that the already crashed down Asian and emerging equity market could receive asset allocation flows from Europe. Nikkei of Japan extended gains to 1.9% which was a fractional rebound after the hefty 7.9% of Friday’s fall. Stocks of Japan had been supported by stronger warnings from the officials of Japan that they would interfere in currency markets in stabilising the yen. However, the dollar still fell 0.3% against the secured yen, trading around 101.81 yen.

Sell-Off in Euro – Exit Referenda Builds


Shares of China also increased with the CSI 300 index as well as the Shanghai Composite both increased around 0.8%. British pound dropped 2% to $1.34, yet some distance from the 31 year low of $1.3228moved during wild trade of Friday. Moreover, euro had also come under additional pressure, falling against the dollar by 0.8% as the investors fret that Brexit would strengthen the anti-establishment mood in Europe and also communicated about breakdown of the union. The chairman of New Sparta Asset Management in London, Jerome Booth, had commented that “there will be sell-off in the euro as talk of other exit referenda builds. This sell-off will be more profound and long lasting and will be not just against the dollar and yen but also against the pound. It would also raise fears of significant loss of values for holders of Eurozone government bonds”. Since December 2010 on Monday, Euro’s weakness aided in pushing the Chinese Yuan to its weakest level against the dollar and dropped to 6.6396 per dollar on opening at 6.6360 a dollar, in comparison with the five and a half year low midpoint level of 6.6375 agreed by the central bank, reaching an intraday low of 6.6469.