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Start every business day with our analyses of the most pressing developments affecting markets today, alongside a curated selection of our latest and most important insights on the global economy.

Central Banks Signal Strikes To Come

In the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis potentially having permanently altered the global economy, the current ongoing geopolitical shocks and shifting market dynamics may solidify the high inflationary environment for some time. 

Leaders of the world’s most influential central banks—including European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, and Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey—warned this week at the ECB’s annual conference in Portugal that more aggressive monetary policy actions may be needed to stop elevated inflation from becoming cemented in the global economic environment. 

President Lagarde acknowledged that “I don’t think that we’re going to go back to that environment of low inflation.” Chairman Powell said that “we’re living with different forces now and have to think about monetary policy in a very different way.” Governor Bailey stated that “there will be circumstances in which we will have to do more.” 

Their warnings come as macroeconomic conditions dramatically shift and the outlook for the rest of the year begins to darken. Along with the inflationary, geopolitical, and market pressures, S&P Global Ratings believes that signs of softening are rising in the global macroeconomic outlook—and generally revised downwards its GDP growth forecasts over 2022-2025. 

“With the wisdom of hindsight, central banks are now viewed as having waited too long to raise rates, putting too much weight on supply-side explanations, or putting too much weight on labor market outcomes, or both. A swath of central banks, most notably the U.S. Federal Reserve, have brought forward their rate-hike timetables,” S&P Global Ratings Chief Global Economist Paul Gruenwald said in his third-quarter outlook this week. “The overriding challenge for central banks is whether they can rein in and re-anchor expectations without causing a recession.” 

“With perseverance, monetary policy can be effective in anchoring inflation expectations and preventing an upward spiral in prices and wages from taking root,” S&P Global Market Intelligence Executive Director of Economic Research Sara Johnson said in recent research. “Absent new supply shocks, the outlook is sanguine.” 

The global economy is confronting “unchartered territory” in regard to central bank policy as business activity slows due to notable worsening in demand, according to S&P Global’s Purchasing Managers’ Index survey data. The latest PMI survey data, published last week, signaled an increased risk of global stagflation. Tightening monetary policy also poses global financial dislocation risks, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. 

“Should inflation stay higher for longer than expected, real rates will remain correspondingly lower and central banks will need to do more. This runs the risk of more financial pain as well as a sharp decline in output and employment,” Dr. Gruenwald said. “In an extreme case of stagflation, inflation could remain elevated even if the economy is slowing sharply. In this case, supply-side-driven price pressures spill back into broader inflation pressure, requiring an even stronger policy response.” 

Today is Wednesday, June 29, 2022, and here is today’s essential intelligence.


Written by Molly Mintz. 


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—Read the article from S&P Global Commodity Insights

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