This week may be the most important since the year started as the Fed assess the economic outlook and the US presents fresh NFP readings.
5 important things this week will bring us!
- Rate statement by the Reserve bank of Australia (Tue, 07:30 MT) – Will the RBA change its interest rate? The forecasts are unclear. Some of the analysts are sure about the possible rate cut during this meeting. They mention the lower levels of GDP growth and inflation as the main reasons behind it. If the rate cut happens, the AUD will slump. On the other hand, if the RBA keeps the rate on hold and provides positive comments on the economic outlook, the Australian dollar will get positive momentum.
- Rate statement by the Reserve bank of New Zealand (Wed, 5:00 MT) – As for the second Antipodean bank, analysts expect it to keep its interest rate unchanged at 1.75%. As usual, any hawkish hints on the future step by the bank will push the kiwi up.
- Canadian trade balance (Thu, 15:30 MT) – If the actual figures of the trade balance are higher than the forecasts, the CAD will rise.
- British GDP growth and manufacturing production (Fri, 11:30 MT) – According to analysts, the level of GDP growth will stay the same, while the indicator of manufacturing production will increase by 0.1%. Higher-than-expected releases will be supportive for the British pound.
- US CPI and core CPI (Fri, 15:30 MT) – The level of consumer inflation for the US is forecast to advance by 0.4%. Its core level is anticipated to increase by 0.2%. Higher levels of these indicators will move the USD up.
- The US president Donald Trump announced the increase in tariffs on $200 billion of goods from 10% to 25% on Friday. According to his comments, the trade deal with China is moving “too slowly”. This statement hurt the risk sentiment in the market. The trade negotiations between the US and China are expected to continue on May 8 in Washington unless China cancels its delegation due to the unexpected comments by Mr. Trump.
- Also, the US president is expected to present new Iran sanctions this week. If it happens, the oil prices will go up.
- The British Prime Minister Theresa May has held secret discussions over a second referendum. It happened ahead of the meeting with the opposite Labour party to make a cross-party Brexit agreement.
- South African national elections will hold parliamentary and provincial elections on Wednesday. The market anticipates the ruling African National Congress to win and bring some clarity to the policies of the president Cyril Ramaphosa. If it happens, the African rand will strengthen.
S&P Global, a private banking company, will release a monthly change in British Flash Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) on January 24, 11:30 GMT+2. The index is a leading indicator of economic health as businesses react quickly to market conditions, and purchasing managers hold the most current and relevant insight into the company's view of the economy.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics will publish the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) m/m on January 12 at 15:30 GMT+2. The index measures a change in the price of goods and services purchased by consumers.
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The RBA and the Bank of Canada will add volatility to the AUD and the CAD, while USD is expected to be boosted by the Non-farm payrolls.