Consumer Sentiment

Asian Stocks Smash Records; Dollar Slides As Crude Surges To July 2015 Highs

Global shares hit another record high on Wednesday, propelled higher by what increasingly more call (ir)rational exuberance, and investors’ unflagging enthusiasm for tech stocks, even as the yield curve continued to flatten. Meanwhile, oil jumped to 2.5 year highs pressuring yields as the dollar slid to a one month low.

Key Events In The Coming Holiday-Shortened Week

It's a relatively quiet, holiday-shortened week, with volumes expected to grind lower as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday. Key economic releases are the FOMC minutes and the durable goods orders report, both on Wednesday. There is one speaking engagement with Chair Yellen this week.

Why Australia's Economy Is A House Of Cards

"For over a quarter of a century our economy mostly grew because of dumb luck... As a whole, the Australian economy has grown through a property bubble inflating on top of a mining bubble, built on top of a commodities bubble, driven by a China bubble....Unfortunately for Australia, that “lucky” free ride is just about to end..."

Key Events In The Coming Week: ECB Taper, Q3 GDP And Durables

The main even this week will be the ECB's taper announcement on Thursday where consensus expects the ECB to announce a QE extension of €30bn per month for 9 month until Sep-18, with potential extension after. Net purchases between now and Dec-17 will continue at €60bn per month as planned. To cope with rate hike expectations, the ECB is also expected to strengthen forward guidance.