#74 Christine Langarde to succeed Draghi

US 10y bonds are back above 2.00% yield, OPEC+ cap extended to March 2020, US job market continues being hot

3+9 minutes read report, 2+6 pages


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Given that only the first page of this report will continue being available to the non-donating audience, there is no point continuing bragging about the presented forecasts.

The message was meant to be “ Read me, my understanding is tuned with the actual market’s behavior, look how my forecasts did”. One would be able to remember the forecasts, re-check them and come to the conclusion that the content is valuable for him to present it to his supervisor and start buying it and re-distributing it to his clientele, or donate to be able to continue enjoy it.

Now the message of the opening paragraph will be “This is the expected rhythm of the markets on next week”.

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I am expecting the continuation of the uptrend of equities, oil, EUR, AUD, CAD, NZD and would rebuilding long positions on technically significant support levels.

Global manufacturing continues being weak, job markets continue being strong, global competition puts a significant pressure on inflation, central bankers are commit-ed to respond quickly to any additional need for extra liquidity. My concern continues being the possibility of President Trump going after the European and Japanese car industry. The scenario of a first rate cut on July 31st is certain despite the strong NFPs (us employment) on Friday.

Major events of last week:

  • OPEC+ : The cap on oil production has been extended up until March 2020. Iranian worries about the increasing role of Russia in the organization have been muted and OPEC made one step forward making its unofficial expansion a little more official. Iran is currently enjoying a military cooperation with Russia and does not like the idea of strengthening relations between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
  • Iran: The Iranian regime communicated that its uranium enrichment level would exceed the limit agreed to in the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal.
  • Greek General Election: The Economist is currently publishing a worth reading article on conservatism. The Greek political landscape and Sunday’s elections are providing some promising answers to the article’s questioning. #kairos gia… Is it time for supporting open minded / educated / pragmatist / informed MPs that could help Greece move forward or is it the time to vote populists MPs, remains to be seen.
  • EU-Mercosur trade deal: EU agreed to decrease taxes imposed to meat imports from Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
  • ECB: Christine Lagarde, former France finance minister and current head of the IMF, is set to succeed Mario Draghi. Even higher volatility is expected at least during her first two ECB Press Conferences, as speaking the nonhuman language of a Central Bank Governor will take her some time to get rid of her politician’s mentality.
  • Swiss stock exchange: Last December, the EU agreed on a 6-month grace period before Switzerland decides on compliance with EU rules (migration, social security, contribution to the EU’s budget, ruling of the European Court of Justice). No progress has been made, and Monday was the first day that the Swiss stocks were traded in uncharted territory, as the Swiss exchange no longer enjoys the  “equivalence regime status”.
  • Protests: Protests in Hong Kong, against the new extradiction law to China, continue.

Major events of next week:

  • OPEC’s monthly report on oil
  • Monetary meeting of the BOC (Central Bank of Canada)
  • Jerome Powell, head of the FED, to testify before the Senate Banking Commitee


Issued by Labis Michalopoulos, CFA




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My current annual Sharpe ratio is 0.27 multiplied by 12 = 0.27 x 3.46=0.93 Annual Sharpe Ratio

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