The key economic releases this week are durable goods and GDP on Friday. On the political front, the focus will be is on the first actions of the Trump administration including moves on TPP and NAFTA. There are no scheduled Fed speeches this week.
Perhaps in an attempt to demonstrate its impartiality, on Sunday WikiLeaks tweeted a request to worldwide hackers to release President Donald Trump’s tax returns after counselor Kellyanne Conway told ABC Trump will not be releasing the controversial files after all.
'"Unsettled” is our best description of fund managers’ mindset as the new administration takes office. During an extensive series of client meetings in the US, Europe and Asia, it became apparent that investors are confused about how to best position portfolios under a Trump presidency.'
'Trump Time' - Let the games begin - Massive political uncertainty – President’s conflict with the CIA – ‘Strong dollar policy’ to end as U.S. has $120 trillion plus debt – Trump inherits Bush and Obama’s humongous debt
"We would be very surprised to see a discussion of asset sales under Chair Yellen’s leadership, but a shift to more active management of the maturity of new Treasury purchases could be an option; shortening the duration of new purchases would quicken portfolio runoff once it begins." - Goldman Sachs
In what is sure to be one of the fieriest confirmation hearings to date, Steven Mnuchin, Trump's pick for Treasury Secretary, is set to take questions from the Senate Finance Committee this morning as Democrats will undoubtedly being looking to score theatrical points with the working class folks of the Midwest by peppering the "Foreclosure King" with zingers on his time at Goldman Sachs and OneWest.
European and Asian shares, and S&P futures slipped, while government bond yields jumped to multi-week highs on Thursday after Yellen's hawkish speech. Oil rose after API reported a drop in crude inventories. The euro rebounded as investors look to Mario Draghi to address rising European inflation that make the ECB's stimulative policies look increasingly out of sync.