The Day Today 11th April 2019

  • Brexit, “flexible extension” granted to October 31st with Katy Adler saying all that’s happened is a no-deal threat has been postponed and Laura Kuenssberg reckoning the new deadline has solved little
  • Fed minutes see monetary policy as able to “shift in either direction” as they assess “significant uncertainties”
  • President Trump decries EU’s treatment of the UK and says the EU is a “brutal” trading partner
  • Kim Jong Un says North Korea will deliver a “severe blow” to those imposing sanctions
  • Australian election called, for the much rumoured date of May 18th, here’s the BBC on 10 things to know
  • RBA’s Dep Gov, Debelle, on the end of LIBOR
  • India, 6 weeks of voting begin today in the world’s largest-ever election, here’s a Guardian article
  • US quarterly earnings kick off tomorrow with the S&P 500 eyeing the first earnings decline since 2016, here’s the FT
  • RICS UK house prices improve for the first time since July
  • China CPI 2.3% as expected, factory gate prices rose 0.4% also as expected, FT article
  • German CPI 0.4% as expected
  • PBoC 6.7088 (6.7110)
  • Option expiries EURUSD 1.12 (1.7bn), USDJPY 112 (1.3bn)

French CPI out this morning 7:45am London time, following Germany’s as expected print. 5 Fed speakers during the course of the day, Clarida, Williams, Bowman, Bullard and Kashkari although now we’ve had the ECB, Fed minutes and IMF there is a gloom around equities

On this day in 1689 King William III and Queen Mary II were crowned as coregents of England, Scotland and Ireland in Westminster Abbey

It’s national pet day today, don’t just give your own little munchkins a special treat, give some money to Blue Cross or Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, etc

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