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This week :

Topic of the week: Job market: a comparison between the US and Europe

  • The American and European labor markets are fundamentally different. A comparison between the two holds however surprises in store, the most extreme figures, compared to the historical, are not necessarily on the side of the Atlantic that we would think.
  • All the ingredients for wage growth are there. A model on wages gives an increase that exceeds 4% of annual growth at the end of this year.
  • In this case, after persistent inflation figures at a high level, there would be unmistakable signs of secondary effects. In this case, the ECB’s tough guys, the “hawks”, would have all the arguments for a monetary tightening.

Market review: ECB catching up with reality

  • High US inflation increases the pressure on the Fed;
  • T-note yields briefly break above 2%;
  • Peripheral debt spreads widen out;
  • Corporate credit spreads increase.

Chart of the week

Inflation expectations are both a fundamental concept of monetary policy and an extremely difficult element to measure. On the attached graph we look at an element, the «Google Trend», which lists searches for the word «inflation» in the three major countries of the Eurozone. The data is standardized, the week that has seen the most research of this term in 5 years is 100.
We can see very clearly that the subject has become much more prominent in recent months when it was marginal for years.
To the extent that these expectations also influence wage formation, this is an argument to be taken into account.

Figure of the week

The European Systemic Risks Board has just published 5 warnings and 2 recommendations on the medium-term vulnerabilities of certain countries regarding the real estate market.

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  • Stéphane Déo

    Stéphane Déo

    Head of markets strategy

  • Axel Botte

    Axel Botte

    Global strategist

  • Aline Goupil-Raguénès

    Aline Goupil-Raguénès

    Developed countries strategist

  • Zouhoure Bousbih

    Zouhoure Bousbih

    Emerging countries strategist

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