Weekly Market Commentary | 12 December 2021

Thought Of The Week

U.S CPI

The consumer price index climbed 6.8% year-over-year in November, broadly in line with market expectations this time instead of surprising to the upside in prior months. Price increases have since broadened out to other categories including gasoline, shelter and food from the initial concentration in economy’s reopening categories. With persistent supply chain challenges and labour constraints keeping prices high in the near term, the path of inflation will depend on corporate pricing power. If corporates do not have pricing power, high inflation is unlikely to last.

U.S. stocks rose to a record this week as the inflation data has been priced in and reinforced market expectations that Federal Reserve will not further accelerate its pace of tapering and interest rate increases. Yield on the U.S. 10-year Treasury fell to 1.49% as traders trimmed bets on the pace of Fed tightening. Investors are bracing for the last Federal Reserve meeting of the year on 14-15 Dec for clues regarding its positioning into 2022 after an upsurge of volatility in recent weeks.

Evergrande Defaults

After months of struggling to make payments and investors believing that it is too big to fail, China Evergrande Group has officially defaulted. While Evergrande bondholders face deep haircuts, there were few signs of financial contagion and market panic as the Chinese government has been making efforts to cushion the blow. Some of the measures include cutting reserve requirement, appointing officials to oversee Evergrande’s restructuring process and managing yuan strength. By doing so, more money can be released into the economy which could help to revive a softening property market that saw home prices fall for the first time in six years in September. Commercial banks are also ordered to hold more of their foreign currencies in reserve to curb yuan’s gains which have been largely fuelled by strong exports and foreign direct investments.

Although China’s reluctance to bail out the developer sends a clear signal it will not tolerate massive debt build-ups which may threaten financial stability, they have acted to limit the fallout from Evergrande’s crisis and ringfence the risks.

Chart Of The Week

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