Market News and Views
The FTSE 100 is called to open higher this morning after the performances on Wall Street and in Asia overnight after supportive comments from German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the European Central Bank‘s plans to help the euro zone debt situation. She also called for swift integration of fiscal policy in Europe adding that time was running short. There is no important UK economic data due out today so attention will focus on the release of the preliminary reading of the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index this afternoon in the US. Commodity prices are mixed in trading and on the foreign exchanges, the major currencies are range bound with the dollar edging slightly higher.
So on the face of it we are going to get this mess finally sorted! Even though this belies one truth that is hidden, any fiscal policy will only work with growth! The sheer fact that for the last 4 years in real terms growth has eluded the world, apart from parts of Asia and especially China! Even though they are starting to feel the draft of their economy starting to chill!
My personal view is that very soon the European Central Bank will have to act to shore things up but this only puts of the fateful day, when a reckoning will be needed! This is closer than we think but further from our minds than we care to admit!
- Germany still grows in second quarter, France flat lines (independent.ie)
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel committed to maintaining the euro (denverpost.com)