Europe as viewed from Italy – reacting to the Spanish vote Matteo Renzi observed in an interview with the FT: ‘I know that those who have been in the front line of being the faithful allies of the politics of rigour without growth have lost their jobs…we have to be frank: Europe has to serve all 28 countries, not just one’. A not unsubtle nudge to Germany!
UK property ‘crisis’ & confidence levels – RICS predict that the average UK house price will increase by 6% in 2016 BUT this driven by a sharp fall in inventory. They note ‘the words housing and crisis have rarely appeared so inseparable’. Meanwhile UK GfK Consumer Confidence in Dec came in at 2 (exp 1 prev 1) “This is the first time since the Consumer Confidence Barometer started in 1974 that the Index has remained positive for an entire calendar year”. A surprising statistic! Not sure if it can persist with a property crisis into 2016 however.
Asia – more stimulus coming in China later this month as this year policy eased on 4 Feb, 20 April, 28 June, 26 August, 24 October. So every even month is a policy easing month?! (h/t @simonting for this observation). Certainly the noises coming out of the Xinhua news agency re ‘accommodative’ fiscal and monetary policy would be consistent with this.
Japan – still a sluggish growth backdrop:
Japanese Gov't Sees Recent Stimulus Package Adding 0.6 Ppt To Growth Over Next 3 Years – RTRS
Japan Gov’t Sees 1.7% Growth In FY16 After 1.2% In FY15 – BBG
Every investor still loves Japan though…hmm.
Global FX – as @fastFT notes 'the US dollar is on track to have its biggest decline in eight months.
The dollar index, which gauges the currency against global rivals, has sunk 1.8 per cent this month, through Monday. That would be its biggest monthly drop since April, when it fell 3.8 per cent'.
And just to show that the US$ really does matter:
Global M&A – high volumes but multiples not quite as high as pre the financial crisis
And finally - How much oil is needed to power Santa's sleigh? “With jet fuel going for around $1.20 a gallon right now, this puts the total fuel cost of Santa's journey at a bit less than $54 million for one night despite prices being near historically lows”. The maths for this important analysis here (h/t @sophia_yan)
And meanwhile elsewhere...