Ahead of the US jobs report due Friday we had news from US politics that a deal had been reached to get enough votes to pass the incongruously named ‘Inflation Reduction Act’. It appears that all Democrat Senators are now on board and will vote in favour. The act should be supportive for the US economy. Voting has been scheduled to begin on Saturday (US time). US equity index futures traded up during the session here in Asia.

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Forex was mixed, with a bid for the US dollar, albeit a small one, pretty much across the major FX board. AUD/USD has held basically unchanged on the session.

The Reserve Bank of Australia released updated forecasts in its quarterly Statement on Monetary Policy (SoMP) today. The Bank forecasts above target inflation right through to the end of next year, at least. This calls into question market perceptions that the Bank will be cutting interest rates mid-2023.

Also coming up over the weekend are trade data from China, for July.