Monthly investment strategy: Temperature keeps on rising for central banks
- Inflation continues to rise higher in multiple jurisdictions, hitting 40-year highs in the US, UK and Canada.
- Central banks are reacting to higher inflation and the threat to expectations with quicker and bigger rate hikes.
- The ECB joined the party with a surprise 50bps increases and introduced the Transmission Protection Instrument to minimize monetary policy fragmentation.
- The ECB’s task is made harder with political uncertainty again in Italy and risks to gas supply from Russia.
- The Fed continues to tighten aggressively but looks unlikely to follow the BoC’s lead in raising by 100bps.
- Fed guidance from here will be tricky, as it needs financial conditions to remain tight to restore price stability but not tighten much further and induce recession.
- This threatens the more constructive risk asset outlook.