The European Central Bank today released its update on economic, financial, and monetary developments. The ECB sees growth moderating into 2022 primarily due to supply bottlenecks. Global supplier delivery times remain high as food and energy upward price pressure remains in place. These pressures reflect a rebound from the low-price environment spawned by the pandemic.
While the ECB credits higher vaccination rates for the support of increased consumer spending, higher energy prices may be offsetting the increase in spending. Shortages of materials, equipment, and labor is holding back manufacturing. And on the labor front, the number of people in the workforce and hours worked still remain under pre-pandemic levels.
Interbank, Bank of England. Ben Broadbent, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England for Monetary Policy, will provide testimony before Parliament’s Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee on 9 November 2021 at 3:30 pm, London time. Dr Broadband has specific responsibility for the BOE’s monetary policy, including monetary analysis, banknotes, and data and analytics transformation.
Interbank, Reserve Bank of New Zealand. In its latest news release (3 November 2021), the Reserve bank of New Zealand provides insights into monetary policy during a pandemic and impact of inflation on asset prices.
Interbank, Federal Reserve. Richard Clarida, vice-chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, today will participate in a panel discussion on the Fed’s flexible average inflation targeting policy at 9:00 am EDT. Under FAIT, the Federal Reserve seeks inflation that averages 2% over a time frame that is not formally defined. FAIT aims at avoiding dampening economic growth via a premature increase in the federal funds rate, the rate banks charge each other for overnight loans.
Traders should contact their brokers for more information on how foreign exchange rates may react to events described in the above blog post.
Disclaimer: The above is provided for informational purposes and should not be construed as financial or legal advice or as creating an agreement to provide financial or legal advice.
The transition of political power occurring in Afghanistan today should have traders and brokers asking about the currency trade opportunities under a Taliban-led Afghanistan. The price of the Afghani has been falling in both US dollars and Chinese renminbi over the last 90 days. I suspect as Afghanistan moves through its transition over the next 48 hours that western investors will wait for the dust to settle on where yields Afghani-denominated securities will fall out.
After two decades in Afghanistan, the lightening quick deterioration in the ability of the government to maintain control of its territory speaks negatively about the United States as a stabilizing force in the region. That accolade right now may belong more in China’s court than the U.S. China has stayed engaged with Afghanistan primarily due to three concerns.
First, the protection of small and medium sized Chinese enterprises in Afghanistan; second, to stop the training of Uygur supporting insurgents from an area of Afghanistan that lies along China’s western border; and third, to maintain a vital component of its Belt and Road Initiative, a policy of transportation and communications infrastructure that facilitates the transfer of resources to China.
China is Afghanistan’s largest investor, having provided Afghanistan with telecom equipment and other telecom infrastructure. China extracts oil in the Amu Daya basin, and also mines lithium and copper, both essential to providing telecommunications equipment and facilities.
Geographically, Afghanistan provides China with the shortest route between China, the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, and the Arabian Sea, important for cost effective movement of trade.
And because China has shown no interest in “rebuilding Afghanistan”, including altering its political, social, or ideological institutions, it has been able to maintain a dialogue with the Taliban, important now more than ever as Afghanistan sees a change in leadership.
The takeaway: Traders should monitor the developing government relationships and take note of relative changes in income, prices, commodity availability, and interest rates.
What Traders Need to Know About Politics: Capital Hates Labor
Regurgitating textbook definitions of economic growth i.e., growth in employment or gross domestic product, etc., only throws you off the mark leaving you frustrated as you ask yourself, “Why are more people being left behind while others see growth in their stock portfolios?”
Economics has never been about growth in employment. Economics is about managing capital with the appropriate amount of labor and technology such that asset values grow. It means pushing the envelope on returns to capital by raising prices so that when discounted by some rate, the present value of the asset can increase thus increasing the value of an individual’s portfolio so that they can leverage the portfolio as collateral for borrowing money at low rates and buying bonds and stocks generating a yield greater than the interest they borrowed at.
In short, today’s economics is about optimizing the carry trade.
This approach to economics was exposed in 2007 and 2008. If this growth in income and asset value (the only inflation that matters) can be achieved without hiring another soul, the wealthy would be happy.
The politician’s job is to distract the low and middle-income populace with narratives of “attacks on democracy” “diversity and inclusion” and “climate change.” Throw in “gun violence” policy and attacks on the big banks ala Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders and the masses really keep their eyes off the ball.
The politicians that are shedding crocodile tears over today’s inflation figures are either ignorant as to true economics or are putting on a show scripted by their supporting political action committees in order to throw the electorate off of the scent. Needless to say, I think it is the latter.
So, when your favorite politicians are telling you that they are looking out for your economic well-being by offering you $300 tax credits and promising you that they will beat up on the banks that are raising your interest rates on the adjustable-rate mortgage you foolhardily took out or dragging supermarkets into a hearing for raising the price on your T-bone steaks, ignore them. Their job is to ensure the distraction by cheerleading the greatness of their fiscal policies that eventually result in higher taxes or their social programs purposefully designed to be effective no more than eighteen months, assuming they are effective at all….
Meanwhile, replace fluffy concepts such as “economy” and “fiscal policy.” Accept that “socialism” and “capitalism” are policy terms designed more to divide, conquer, and garner votes versus helping put food on your table. Learn to accept that “capital” despises “labor” and her goal is to exterminate you or relegate you to an Andrew Yang universal basic income scheme. Stop repeating what you’ve read in a textbook. All lies. Either you have something of high value to trade for low value currency or you don’t. That is as “economy” as you need to get.
Exchange rates of interest as of 9:52 am AST
Sources: *Reuters +OANDA
Rates reported by the Federal Reserve (Release Date 15 July 2021)
NFA orders former associated person Jeremy Ruth never to reapply for NFA membership
April 28, Chicago—NFA has ordered Jeremy Ruth, a former associated person of Postrock Brokerage LLC (Postrock), never to reapply for NFA membership status in any capacity or act as a principal of an NFA Member. Postrock is a former NFA Member introducing broker located in Chicago, Illinois.
The Decision, issued by an NFA Hearing Panel, is based on a Complaint issued by NFA’s Business Conduct Committee and a settlement offer submitted by Ruth, in which he neither admitted nor denied the allegations. The Complaint alleges that he failed to disclose the impact of commissions on customers’ profit potential and placed trades for customers which offered no economic benefit to them and only generated additional commissions. The Complaint also alleges that Ruth made misleading statements to customers and failed to disclose that all of Ruth’s other customers had lost money. Finally, the Complaint alleges that Ruth made unauthorized trades for customers or exercised discretion over customer accounts without obtaining written authority.