How much fire power do Central Banks have? - ANZ

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    Oct 7, 2015
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    Analysts at ANZ explained that markets continue to fret over how much firepower central banks have left and whether reassuring words and pre-emptive actions will be sufficient to keep the global expansion on track.

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    "Activity sides of economies have generally fared reasonably well thus far, but with inflation already very low, the risk is that an adverse global shock could generate a bout of sustained outright deflation, which is likely causing some sleepless nights in the central bank fraternity. Today, no change is expected by the BoJ, given Kuroda’s positive view on the economy and the impact of the January rate cut.

    Risks, however, are skewed to more policy easing in the coming months given the likelihood that inflation is unlikely to hit its 2% inflation goal by late next year. Today’s RBA minutes will help ascertain whether the change in wording at its most recent policy assessment signals a more explicit easing bias. More easing is expected by the PBoC this year, but the timing and form of policy easing looks reasonably fluid at this stage.

    The main game in town this week remains the Fed and while the probability of a March hike is sitting at just 6%, Yellen is expected to keep open the possibility of rate hikes in the coming months if the data stays resilient.

    The focus will be on inflation given that US core inflation looks to have troughed and is on the way up, making Fed officials more confident that annual inflation is on track to rise gradually toward its 2% objective. With a large disconnect between the three to four hikes signaled in the December ‘dot plots’ versus the 35bp priced in for 2016, volatility is a given."
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