Bear and Bull

Near-Term Macro Calm (But Risks Building for 2022)

What’s in Today’s Report:

  • Near Term Macro Calm (But Risks Building for 2022)
  • Weekly Market Preview (Risks of An Accelerated Taper?)
  • Weekly Economic Cheat Sheet (Key Inflation Data This Week)

Futures are little changed following a quiet weekend outside of the passage of the physical infrastructure bill.

On Friday the House passed the physical infrastructure bill but it’s only $550 billion of new spending over 10 years, and that’s not going to have a big impact on the economy.

The broader $1.75 trillion spending bill remains under debate as Democrat infighting continues, but a deal is expected by year-end.

Today there are no economic reports, but there are numerous Fed speakers and the market will be looking for insight into the possibility of an accelerated taper beyond December.  Powell (10:30 a.m.) is the headliner today but he’s only making opening remarks and shouldn’t offer any insights on policy.  Vice Chair Clarida (9:00 a.m.) will speak on policy, so his interview is probably the most important one to watch today.  Other Fed speakers include Montgomery (10:00 a.m.), Harker (12:00 p.m.) and Evans (1:50 p.m.) but they shouldn’t move markets.