Fed Chair Jerome Powell will testify today at 19:05 MT time. This event is crucial for traders as the tone of the speech may set the risk tone for the markets for the next two weeks.
China’s banks try to stay liquid
As Chinese banks are set for a rigorous quarterly inspection of their books by the country’s major financial institution, the ructions in money markets as well as an explosion in inter-bank borrowing demonstrate how addicted they’re to risky methods of funding.
For the first time since it was launched the previous year, the Macro Prudential Assessment or MPA for short, will include off-balance sheet wealth management products for the purpose of giving authorities a better sense of potential risks to the country’s financial system.
Apparently, wealth management products, often linked to shadow banking, have demonstrated unbelievable surge for the last years even as the Chinese government tries to contain risks from a quick build-up in debt.
Banks, which fail the inspection, are expected to face stiff penalties, although the results aren’t publicly unveiled. The PBOC is going to conduct the MPA at the end of this month.
Non-farm payrolls, the most awaited economic report, will be out on March 5 at 15:30 MT time.
Australian GDP rose by 3.1%, exceeding analysts’ forecasts of 2.5%. The Australian dollar climbed after the release, but then joined its peers in falling against the USD.
Great news for oil bulls! OPEC and its allied producers agreed to expand output cuts for the next month.
The USD skyrocketed after Fed Powell’s speech. OPEC and allied producers agreed to extend production cuts for another month. Oil surged.
The European Central Bank publishes its monetary policy statement that includes an announcement of the interest rate on March 11, at 14:45 MT time.