The Biden administration plans to increase corporate tax, thereby fueling fears of a contractionary fiscal policy. Developed countries addressed the unprecedented economic crisis with expansionary monetary policies, resulting in a rampant public debt level. A natural question that arises is who will pay the COVID-19 bill?
When the Trump administration and the Republican Senate validated a massive tax cut in 2017, markets saluted the action, and fiscal conservatism seemed to be the United States’ new doctrine. The crisis generated by the pandemic outbreak could easily trigger a significant increase in taxes to rebalance public spending. Such direct approaches might turn unpopular and decrease the approval rate of politicians in office. There are few alternative avenues to bypass a thorough tax rise.
Emission of perpetual debt is a tool used previously by
governments to finance war or crisis expenses. A perpetual bond
is a fixed income security with no maturity date. Perpetual debt
is economically equivalent to the levying of a tax of the same
base. It represents nothing else than the transfer of the cost
of the current crisis over future generations. Such a debt
strategy is, in reality, a disguised fiscal illusion.
Inflation is another tool that governments can use to disguise an increase in taxes. Under an inflationary scenario, the currency devaluation will automatically lead to a depreciation of currency savings and a potential rise in commodities and assets prices.
Most analysts are betting on an inflationary scenario that would result in an increased cost of labour, commodities and assets. The only weakness of such a scenario is that it’s based on a recovery of demand in goods and services to the pre-COVID level. Nevertheless, the economy has already shifted, and many sectors went through a restructuring process. Thus, the demand in the real economy may never fully recover, thereby leading to a price contraction.
The current market rally may be a warning signal of an
inflationary scenario, but it is not yet clear what are the
silos of the economy will be impacted by inflation. Everything
else equal is better to have a small joy than a big sadness.
In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value. Alan Greenspan, Chair of the Federal Reserve of the United States
S&P 500 Index futures spiked in the last trading session before the Good Friday after the nonfarm payrolls data release. US nonfarm payrolls for March showed that 916,000 jobs were newly created while the unemployment rate is stable at around 6%.
The stronger than expected jobs report and the faster vaccination rollout are clear indicators that the US economy is preparing for reopening. If growth indicators remain green, the stock market has no other option than to reflect the recovery.
Bitcoin gained over 9K USD over the past week tracking gains in the equities market. The gold ounce is caught in a technical claw below 1750 USD.
Goldman Sachs’s stock climbed to a one-year high, doubling in value since March 2020. The market rally and the relatively low market volatility were fertile ground for the world biggest investment bank.
Broker-dealers make money when the market is volatile but not
too volatile. It was the scenario that unfolded over 2020,
thereby giving a free ride to Goldman’s traders. As long as the
money printing continues, Wall Street banks will stay in
Deliveroo, the London-based online food delivery company should have been one of the hottest IPOs of the year. Backed by the American giant Amazon, pumped by the rampant increase in turnover brought by the social distancing, Deliveroo ticked all the boxes for a successful listing. Nevertheless, London's biggest IPO since 2011 unravelled in a ravishing disaster.
Investors became reluctant amid significant regulatory risks.
The listing came only one week before the implementation of the
IR35 reform in the UK, which will massively reduce the fiscal
leeway for independent workers. Moreover, in early March, Uber
reclassified its drivers as employees. The perspectives of the
gig economy are not so bright and companies like Deliveroo are
Three months after the United Kingdom left the European Union, the Pound-to-Euro exchange rate climbed near 1.18, a record for 2021. Since January, the British pound is following a bullish pattern. The accelerated vaccination campaign, the plummeting number of daily new infections and a foreseeable reopening of the economy as early as May drove the GBP to its highest level since February 2020. The trend is sustainable and there are good chances to see the GBP/EUR above 1.20.
Copper prices increased rampantly and doubled in value since
March 2020. This pattern is followed by most industrial metals,
including aluminium and nickel. The rally was fuelled by
increased demand from China. If the US economy recovers faster
than expected the demand for industrial metals could furtherly
surge, thereby bolstering the market prices.
The Dow Jones ended the week above 33,000, on a slightly positive trend compared to last week. While a market contraction is still probable, the central scenario in the short term is a rally fueled by optimism from a global economic recovery.
Bitcoin moved north near 60,000 USD after dipping close to
51,000 one week ago. If the market optimism remains we could see
Bitcoin above 60K. Brent Crude remained in the same tunnel
around 64 USD, and the likelihood of a further price progression
faded away as the block of Suez did not have a big impact on
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