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May 2020

Independent Strategy Blog: Macro Matters
China

12th May, 2020 » China April Inflation

While some of the Chinese activity indicators might have perked up, there is no hiding from the disinflationary pressure stalking China’s economy.  April CPI dropped back to 3.3% yoy (4.3% in March) while PPI sunk to -3.1% from -1.5% in the previous month.  And the problem would be even worse were it not for persistent food price pressures as the impact of the earlier swine flue epidemic continues to pressure meat prices.  Indeed, CPI ex-food is now running at just 0.6%.

The monetary mutualisation of Eurozone debt (or its sovereign risk) through the ECB is becoming more likely.  The fiscal monetisation of debt through the issue of Coronabonds is becoming less likely. Monetisation is feasible.  The arithmetic works.  If you add up all projected fiscal deficits in the Eurozone for this year, the total comes to almost exactly the fire power the ECB has approved.

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