Five EU countries seek to delay the EU ban on petroleum-powered cars

European energy policy today is a clash of idealism with reality.

The energy crisis last winter with another one set to come this year is a sign of a political class that’s experienced in sloganeering and little else.

Some countries are now trying to plan more-constructively for the next phase, which is the transition from gasoline and diesel-powered automobiles. Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Romania want to push back the effective ban of fuel-powered cars to 2040 from 2035.

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Economic calendar for the week 27.06.2022 – 03.07.2022

Review of the main events of the Forex economic calendar for the next trading week (27.06.2022 – 03.07.2022)

The dollar ended last week with a decrease, and the DXY dollar index lost about 0.5%, falling to the zone below 104.00. Last week, the Fed officials, in particular, Michelle Bowman, confirmed that another 75 bp rate hike in July and at least 50 bp at the next few meetings would be appropriate. The chairman of the Fed Jerome Powell also confirmed in his speeches in Congress that “an unreserved commitment” to the fight against inflation and an attempt “to moderate demand… Read full author’s opinion and review in blog of #LiteFinance

China COVID update. Beijing further relaxes curbs, Shanghai declare victory … but …

Beijing will reopen primary and secondary schools for in-person classes. Senior and middle high schools were allowed to return to classrooms from June 2, now all are reopening. Beijing shut its schools in early May and moved to online learning.

It’s a mixed bag still in Shanghai. The city’s Communist Party chief spoke on Saturday, saying his authorities had “won the war to defend Shanghai” against COVID. Meanwhile in Shanghai,

  • most students have not been allowed to resume in-person classes
  • dining indoors is still banned
  • mass PCR testing for its 25 million residents continues every weekend until the end of July

In Shenzhen on Saturday an announcement that it would shut all cinemas and parks, and all public events have been suspended in one district after 6 local cases were found. 50% capacity constraints were set for restaurants in the district

Shenzen residents must show a negative COVID-19 test to enter public venues & transport taken within the last 24 hours (from 48 hours previously).

There are signs of improvement in China, but also setbacks. Volatility in reopening will continue, thus in the economy also.

China is struggling to emerge from 2020:

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IMF lowers US growth forecasts. Sees 2.9% this year, down from 3.7%

US first quarter growth was flat and the Atlanta Fed tracker for Q2 is currently at 0.0% so it will need to be a strong second half just to get to 2.9%.

In any case, these forecasts offer a sense of where the official consensus is.

  • 2023 1.7% vs 2.3% in April
  • 2024 +0.8%
  • 2025 +1.7%
  • 2026 +2.1%

As for monetary policy, they called for an ‘assertive and rapid’ withdrawal of stimulus. 

In her comments, Georgieva also hints an global frustration with the intensity of US domestic demand and how it’s boosting prices everywhere. She said misjudgements by the Fed will result in negative outward spillovers to the global economy.

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More from Daly: Markets have priced in 75 bps in July, let’s get that increase in

Markets are pricing in a 27% chance that the Fed only does 50 basis points, so she might consider being careful here. And a big reason  the market is pricing that in is because that’s what the Fed guided. You can’t tell the market what you’re going to do and then say you’re only doing it because that’s what the market has priced.

In another sign of the mess the Fed finds itself in, Daly cited the UMich inflation expectations survey for the 75 bps hike rather than 50. Today that number was revised back down. She acknowledged that today, saying the revision ‘got my attention’ while still saying that long-term inflation expectations have ‘ticked up’.

She also laid out a strategy, saying that if they front load rate hikes they might not have to do as much. This commentary is a bit of a departure from the unrelenting hawkish talk lately.

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Forexlive Americas FX news wrap: Market senses a less-hawkish Fed

  • UMich final 5-year inflation expectations 3.1% vs 3.3% prelim
  • US May new home sales 696K vs 588K expected
  • Fed’s Daly: We don’t need to think about the end-point for the balance sheet yet
  • Fed’s Daly: We want to bring down inflation without crippling growth
  • Baker Hughes US oil rig count 594 vs 584 prior
  • ECB’s Centeno: Flexible PEPP reinvestments are a powerful tool
  • US Supreme Court overturns Roe V. Wade
  • BOE’s Pill: Elevated UK inflation stems largely from external shocks
  • Belgian June business sentiment -1.8 vs +1.8 prior
  • ECB’s De Guindos: Economy losing momentum according to PMIs


  • S&P 500 up 115 points, or 3.0%, to 3914
  • US 10-year yields up 6.8 bps to 3.14%
  • WTI crude oil up $2.79 to $107.66
  • Gold up $4 to $1826
  • AUD leads, JPY lags

After hiking by 75 basis points instead of the 50 bps he long-ascribed to, Powell cited the jump in inflation expectations in the UMich consumer sentiment survey as a factor. Well, he might have waited until the final data was out, as the numbers were lowered.

The market jumped on that and the odds of just a 50 bps hike in July roughly doubled to 27%. That sentiment weighed on the US dollar and boosted stocks as well with some particularly large moves in the commodity currencies.

CAD was doubly boosted by a rebound in oil that left crude down just $2 on the week — a far cry from the mid-week crash. After touching 1.3000 in Asia, USD/CAD finished on the lows at 1.2880.

AUD/USD was similarly strong and found some breathing room above the double bottom 0.6833 in a climb to 0.6937.

The growing problem is the push-and-pull in bonds. The better tone on risk assets took 10-year yields from a low of 3.03% to 3.14%, with less worry about a recession starting to mean a shift back to worries about inflation. That’s a tenuous dynamic that leaves a narrow window for an extension of this price action.

The US dollar was broadly weak but made some progress against the yen.

Curiously, the pound was able to find few bids despite the positive risk tone. Some of that relates back to worries about growth in the eurozone. For its part, the euro managed to climb 30 pips on the session.

Have a great weekend.

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