ECB's Lagarde: Economic Support Needed "Well Into the Recovery"
Your free daily email from Fuller Treacy Money Comments of the Day 15 April 2021 Video commentary for April 14th 2021 Eoin Treacy's view A link to today's video commentary is posted in the Subscriber's Area. Some of the topics discussed include: bitcoin pauses following coinbase IPO, Wall Street susceptible to some consolidation, Moderna firms, Russia bounces with oil and geopolitical tensions easing, emerging Europe firm, Euro firm, Bunds weak, Treasuries steady. ECB's Lagarde: Economic Support Needed "Well Into the Recovery" Here are a couple of soundbites from Christine Lagarde’s statements today. “We consider that both fiscal and monetary support are needed and will be needed until the pandemic crisis is over” and “will be needed well into the recovery,” ECB President Christine Lagarde says at Reuters event. Preserving favorable financing conditions is a condition for the economy to recover -- “they go hand in hand” Eoin Treacy's view The question is not whether the ECB will provide assistance but rather how much. The spectre of deflation has been hanging over Europe for most of the last decade and there is a credible argument the region is heading into a Japan-like era of lower consumption and low growth. Avoiding that potential is the primary goal of both the ECB and every Eurozone government. Russia Scores New Bond Record as Yields Drop on Summit Hopes This article from Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section: Russia sold a record volume of ruble bonds as state banks continued to prop up demand and sanctions jitters faded after U.S. President Joe Biden proposed a summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. The Finance Ministry sold 213 billion rubles ($2.8 billion) of fixed-coupon debt due in March 2031 in its second auction of the day, beating a record set two weeks earlier. The yield on Russia’s 10-year bonds fell the most since November as Tuesday’s phone call between the leaders appeared to reduce the possibility of penalties targeting the nation’s local OFZ debt. “We’re seeing considerable demand once again, with big local players buying about 70% of both offerings today,” said Stanislav Ponomarev, a money manager at Transfingroup JSC in Moscow. “There’s been demand from foreigners since the morning, but it looked more like they were closing short positions rather than increasing their Russia allocations.” The prospect of fresh sanctions has been mounting for the best part of a month and the recent troop buildup on the border with Ukraine has added to the tensions. State banks have stepped in to backstop the recent auctions as foreigners stay clear. “The market was extremely negative on Russia,” said Sergei Strigo at Amundi Ltd. “Now there is a pullback on renewed hope of some sort of normalization in relationships, even if it’s short-term. Levels on the ruble and OFZs look much more attractive.” Eoin Treacy's view How serious is the US administration in countering China? That’s the primary question for investors as they assess the potential for a normalisation of relations between the USA and Russia. As a major commodity producer, seller of advanced weapons systems and with significant experience in space, Russia is being courted by China. Trafigura Sees Green Copper Supercycle Driving Prices to $15,000 This article from Bloomberg may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section: Trafigura expects the metal to breach $10,000 a ton this year, before entering a range of $12,000 to $15,000 a ton over the coming decade. Other ardent copper bulls including Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Bank of America Corp. and Citigroup Inc. have similarly strong near-term forecasts, but Trafigura has set itself apart with its lofty long-term target. Goldman expects copper to hit $10,500 a ton within 12 months, while Citi sees it reaching $12,000 next year in its bull-case forecast. In the years to come, that’s likely to become the floor for prices as the industry revalues the metal, according to Trafigura. “You can’t move to a green economic environment and not have the copper price moving significantly higher,” Bintas said. “How can you have one without the other?” Eoin Treacy's view Every country wants its economy to recover from the ravages of the pandemic. They are all looking at the same playbook. They need to increase growth without raising taxes and need a quick way to get as many people back to work as possible which will hopefully kick start the velocity of money. Infrastructure development has been the preferred strategy to achieve those goals after every other recession and this one is now different. The only question was what kind of infrastructure would be approved. Eoin's personal portfolio: futures long opened March 30th Eoin Treacy's view One of the most commonly asked questions by subscribers is how to find details of my open traders. To make it easier I will simply repost the latest summary daily until there is a change. This is your daily comment from www.fullertreacymoney.com. Subscribe to Fuller Treacy Money Limited for exclusive content and audio: Click here for details. The information provided on this website (www.fullertreacymoney.com) is for the purposes of information only. This website and its content is not and should not be considered or deemed to be an offer of or invitation to engage in any investment activity. 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