- Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index finished June materially lower ending -8.8%. All sectors with the exception of Consumer Staples were negative.
- The US Federal Reserve has raised rates by 0.75%, in response to the high inflation rate.
- Annual inflation rose to 8.8% in the Euro zone, strengthening the case for the ECB to raise interest rates.
- The RBA raised the cash rate to 0.85% in June, in an attempt to bring inflation under control.
New variants have caused global Covid-19 cases to rise, surpassing 548.5 million cases and 12 billion vaccine doses administered as at the end of June. Inflation, especially rising energy and food costs, continues to be a global issue spiking in most economies.
Fed Chair Jerome Powell reiterated the commitment to do-whatever-it-takes to control high inflation.
In the UK, the Bank of England increased the cash rate by 25bps to 1.25% in June.
CPI came in at -0.2% in May, with the annual rate flat at 2.1%, below the expected 2.3%.
As widely expected, the Bank of Japan left its key short-term interest rate unchanged at -0.1% and that for 10-year bond yields around 0% during its June meeting.
The RBA raised rates by 50 bps in June, bringing the cash rate to 0.85%. The unemployment rate remained at 3.9% in May, above expectations of 3.8%.
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