Brexit is finally getting underway and global trade talks progressing in this final weeks of 2019. Although, the risk around these events has been trimmed, ample uncertainties remain, leaving scope to further whipsaw markets into the new year.
Holiday-thinned staffing in Europe, Asia and the US in the middle of the week ahead will severely curtail trade, though what this means for volatility is anyone’s guess.
Monday – 23 December 2019
- Leading and Coincident Index (JPY, GMT 05:00) – The indices are expected to come out unchanged at 91.8.
- Gross Domestic Product (CAD, GMT 13:30) – The 0.1% gain that is expected for October GDP will keep Canadian GDP growth weak. Canada’s slowing in GDP growth during Q3 matched BoC expectations, in turn not moving the needle on the outlook for no change in rates for an extended period. GDP slumped to a 1.3% rate in Q3 (q/q, saar), identical to the BoC’s 1.3% estimate from the October MPR.
- BoJ Meeting Minutes (JPY, GMT 23:50) – The BoJ minutes, similar to the ECB Reports, provide a detailed assessment of the bank’s most recent policy-setting meeting, containing in-depth insights into the economic conditions that influenced the rate decision. They are usually a cause for FX turbulence.
Tuesday – 24 December 2019
- Christmas Eve – Early close for Major Markets
- Durable Goods (USD, GMT 13:30) – Durable Goods is the leading indicator of production in the US. November Durable goods orders are expected to grow 2.4% with a 6.7% bounce in transportation orders, after a 0.5% headline orders increase in October, and a -1.5% decline in September. Boeing orders for planes bounced to 63 in November from 10 in October, with a boost from the Dubai Air Show.
Wednesday – 25 December 2019
- Christmas Day – Nearly all major Markets closed
Thursday – 26 December 2019
- Boxing Day – Nearly all major Markets closed – Except US and Japan
- Tokyo Core CPI (JPY, 23:30) – Tokyo CPI is usually a good proxy for the Japanese economy’s overall inflation rate. In December, the CPI is expected to have stood at 0.6% y/y, the same as in November, even though projections may be revised when Retail Sales are taken into consideration.
- Retail Sales (JPY, GMT 23:50) – Following a precipitous 14.4% dive in October due to the Japan’s recent sales tax hike, Retail Sales are expected to climb slightly to 4.6% on a m/m basis in November. The overall rate is expected hold lower at 4.6% y/y decline from 7.1% y/y last month.
Friday – 27 December 2019
- EU Bulletin (EUR, GMT 09:00) – European Central Bank launches a new publication, the Economic Bulletin, to replace the ECB Monthly Bulletin. It is published two weeks after each Governing Council meeting and it contains the statistical data that policymakers evaluate when setting interest rates. The report also provides detailed analysis of current and future economic conditions from the bank’s perspective.
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