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Week Ahead: Pence vs Harris in focus after messy presidential debate
Vice president Mike Pence and senator Kamala Harris will both be hoping to emerge from this week’s vice presidential debate with more dignity than the presidential candidates did last week. It shouldn’t be hard. Also ahead, there’s plenty from central banks this week, including a rate decision from the RBA and minutes from the latest FOMC and ECB meetings.
US election: More decorum from Pence and Harris in vice presidential debate?
This week sees the second of the US election debates, this time the one and only face-off between vice president Mike Pence and senator Kamala Harris.
The first presidential debate last week seems to have little impact on the polls, and is viewed as being such an embarrassment that the Commission on Presidential Debates has announced it will make changes to the format of future events in an attempt to make things more orderly.
One of the changes being considered is to cut candidate’s microphones if they try to interrupt excessively. Although this will impact Trump more than Biden, this might not necessarily disadvantage the President, who didn’t give his opponent much opportunity to slip up last time.
The vice presidential debate gets going at 21.00 ET, October 7th (01.00 UTC, October 8th). The last time Pence appeared in a nationally televised debate was in October 2016. Harris, on the other hand, has had plenty of practice in recent months.
FOMC and ECB meeting minutes
Sandwiching the vice-presidential debate this week are the Federal Open Market Committee minutes and the European Central Bank accounts.
The FOMC took the opportunity last month to flesh out its new average inflation targeting strategy, although according to its predictions it’ll be a long time before policymakers are in a position to let inflation run hot. The latest minutes might provide some more clarity, but with the debate following a couple of hours later, markets might not take much notice.
ECB president Christine Lagarde noted after the latest meeting of the Governing Council that the EURUSD exchange rate had risen notably, although she also stated that “as you know, we don’t target the exchange rate”. The minutes could give more information on how policymakers fear a strong euro might impact their mandate.
Although EURUSD has retreated after peaking above 1.20 at the start of September, the pairing is trending around the same levels as were seen when the ECB were considering its strength.
Reserve Bank of Australia interest rate decision
Futures markets are firmly betting that the Reserve Bank of Australia will cut rates to 0% when it meets this week. ASX 30 Day Interbank Cash Rate Futures show a 64% chance of a cut at the time of writing.
This comes after recent comments from deputy governor Guy Debelle, who used a speech to outline policy tools the RBA is considering to help it meet its twin mandates on employment and inflation.
Foreign exchange intervention and negative interest rates were both on the list.
Economic data to watch
In terms of economic data, we’ll be watching the US ISM nonmanufacturing PMI and weekly jobless claims, German industrial production and a slew of data from the UK on Friday, including monthly GDP, industrial production and construction output figures.
Highlights on XRay this Week
Read the full schedule of financial market analysis and training.
|17.00 UTC||05-Oct||Blonde Markets|
|From 15.30 UTC||06-Oct||Weekly Gold, Silver, and Oil Forecasts|
|17.00 UTC||07-Oct||Webinar: 10 Trading Rules for Every Level of Trader|
|17.00 UTC||08-Oct||Election2020 Weekly|
|12.00 UTC||09-Oct||Platform Walkthrough|
Key Events this Week
Watch out for the biggest events on the economic calendar this week. A full economic and corporate events calendar is available in the platform.
|07.15 – 08.30 UTC||05-Oct||Finalised Eurozone, UK Services PMIs|
|14.00 UTC||05-Oct||US ISM Nonmanufacturing PMI|
|03.30 UTC||06-Oct||RBA Interest Rate Decision|
|Pre-Market||06-Oct||Paychex – Q1 2021|
|After-Market||06-Oct||Levi’s – Q3 2020|
|06.00 UTC||07-Oct||German Industrial Production|
|07-Oct||Tesco – Interim Announcement 20/21|
|14.30 UTC||07-Oct||US EIA Crude Oil Inventories|
|18.00 UTC||07-Oct||FOMC Meeting Minutes|
|01.00 UTC||08-Oct||US Vice President Nominee Debate|
|11.30 UTC||08-Oct||ECB Monetary Policy Meeting Accounts|
|12.30 UTC||08-Oct||US Weekly Jobless Claims|
|14.30 UTC||08-Oct||US EIA Natural Gas Storage|
|06.00 UTC||09-Oct||UK Monthly GDP, Production, Output|