Disinflation is ongoing in some CEE countries already, whereas in Poland, Romania and Slovakia CPI likely accelerated again in Feb. Meanwhile, in Western markets, the ECB is ready for another 50bp rate hike, while the Fed is still waiting for a bunch of important data releases.
Recent data releases forced financial markets to reconsider their stance and to take hawkish ambitions of the Fed and the ECB more serious. Meanwhile, in CEE, the latest 2022 GDP releases confirm an ongoing slowdown with some upside surprise in Hungary and the resilient Romania.
Last week's rollercoaster brought back uncertainty to markets about where inflation and rates are heading. After a short breather seatbelts need to be fastened again with US inflation data coming up. A major development in CEE was the news surrounding the NGEU funds in Poland.
GDP, inflation, labour market data, leading indicators and central bank meetings. The coming days have everything to offer that is good and dear to the financial market. It will be exciting to see how the reckoning of all this information turns out at the end of next week.
Inflation has moderated towards year-end across most Western and CEE markets. This is much welcome but should not distract from the fact that inflation rates remain unpleasantly high and are subject to elevated uncertainty. Czech presidential elections will start on Saturday.