- Financial markets were little changed as investors remained cautious ahead of Dutch elections (a test for populist movements in Europe) and Wednesday’s FOMC meeting (with 100% implied probability of a rate hike). Global stocks were mainly unchanged. At the same time changes in sovereign bond yields were not significant.
- The EUR showed a high volatility and kept the significant appreciation registered last week, on rumours that the ECB is considering changing its forward guidance regarding QE exit strategy. Sources said it could hike rates even before the end of its asset purchase programme (see). European yield curves flattened, as shorter sovereign bond yields rose, while the yield for longer maturities diminished.
- The GBP appreciated markedly amid the UK government’s preparations for Brexit. After some amendments included by the House of Lords, Brexit legislation will be voted on again in both chambers, until both sides agree (see). However, it is expected that the UK government trigger article 50 in the last week of March (see). On the other hand, today’s GBP appreciation contrasted with the SNP’s determination to ask parliament to launch a process for a referendum on Scottish independence (see).
- The TRY showed high volatility, after a diplomatic spat developed over the weekend between the Netherlands and Turkey (see).
Update 18 CET 13 March, 2017
Source: Bloomberg, Datastream and Haver
* With one day delay
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