With central banks becoming far more active once again as the Federal Reserve, ECB, Bank of England and Bank of Canada all begin either tightening monetary policy or removing stimulus, officials are in demand and their comments are ensuring markets remain volatile. With geopolitical risk lingering in the background and US President Donald Trump unveiling his long-awaited tax reforms, there’s plenty to talk about.
Next week is unlikely to be any quieter, with numerous central bankers due to appear once again including Fed Chair Janet Yellen. The Catalonia (illegal) independence referendum over the weekend should provide an early talking point with investors already a little cautious on Spain’s IBEX ahead of the vote. There’ll also be plenty more economic data including arguably the biggest selection of them all, the US jobs report on Friday.
Senior Market Analyst Craig Erlam discusses all of this and more, and also gives his analysis on EURUSD (11:47), GBPUSD (13:24), EURGBP (14:46), AUDUSD (15:39), USDCAD (16:50), NZDUSD (18:10), GBPCAD (19:41), USDJPY (20:23), GBPJPY (23:17) and EURJPY (24:40).
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