What to Expect from This Week’s G10 Central Bank Speeches and Minutes

  • Monday, February 18, 2019

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Although Brexit uncertainty and U.S.-China trade tensions persist, other macroeconomic risk factors appear to have calmed a bit over the last couple weeks. The U.S. government remains open, and financial conditions have not been anywhere near as volatile as they were just a few weeks ago. This relative stability is likely to be reflected in slightly hawkish remarks from Fed policymakers as well as their counterparts at the ECB and BOC. The Fed meeting minutes released this week are likely to sound a bit more neutral in reflection of the policy stance from the January FOMC meeting. Meanwhile, minutes from the RBA are likely to be somewhat dovish, reflecting slowing growth and APAC trade concerns. Conversely, minutes from the Riksbank are likely to sound somewhat hawkish, signalling that policymakers intend to hike rates again in the coming months.

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