Most markets are looking for direction as central banks moved the goalposts over the last 24 hours.
Yesterday Fed chief Janet Yellen said that the central bank now sees an additional rate hike needed for next year as its policies appear to be working.
Laugh at that. The reason Yellen & Co are seeing improvement is because of the expectations of the Trump Administration’s pro-growth business policies.
And just Thursday morning, Bank Of England chief Mark Carney said the central bank will unexpectedly hold rates at 0.25% and will proceed with an $88 billion program of bond buying program because the outlook is far from rosy.
So who is right? Yellen or Carney? Neither?
Dollar strength will rule the day in 2017. So until that plays out growth in the US and globally will be curtailed as China, Japan and other export countries suffer the slings and arrows of currency revaluation.
The UK by beginning the Brexit talks with EU next year will be buffeted by a pound trading lower against the greenback.
The euro could also be trading below par with the dollar in early January as the ECB takes on a two-front war between the UK and its southern flank of Greece and Italy.
So King Dollar will rule the roost during the Trump’s Administration’s honeymoon period, which could hamper the push to keep jobs here in the US.
This makes the need for tax policy reform so much more critically important to get done soonest to stem the call for exporting jobs.