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Fed provides a fillip

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • While the flash March PMIs are signalling a deep contraction in global economic activity, the Fed’s commitment to buy an unlimited amount of USTs and agency MBS provided a fillip to Asian markets. 

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Over to fiscal policy

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • With the Asian market mood downbeat, and central banks, including the BoJ and RBNZ, upping their interventions to stabilise the markets, fiscal policy in the US and Germany will dominate attention at the start of the week.

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Central banks in overdrive

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • After the ECB’s night-time PEPP announcement, the BoJ upped its asset purchases, the RBA cut its cash rate and started yield curve control, and the Fed announced a new facility targeted at money market funds.

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Can the PEPP improve the euro area’s financial health?

Chris Scicluna
  • With questions increasingly raised about its commitment to counter the economic and financial impact of Covid-19, the ECB announced the PEPP, a new flexible €750bn asset purchase programme to try to mitigate fragmentation risks.

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Sabotage at the ECB

Emily Nicol
Chris Scicluna
  • Efforts to calm the euro area bond market are in tatters this morning following some extraordinary inflammatory remarks from Austrian central bank governor Holzmann. BTPs are selling off, and euro area stocks are plunging, raising the need for new aggressive policy sooner rather than later.

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