Gold remains under pressure as risk-appetite remains elevated, driving global shares higher. Last week’s passage of a 2018 budget resolution by the Senate further stoked hopes for President Trump’s proposed tax cuts.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said over the weekend that he would seek to dissolve the Catalonian government under Article 155, thereby ending the region’s autonomy. The EU fell in line with Spain’s central government. However, Catalan foreign affairs spokesman Raul Romeva said, “the people and the institutions in Catalonia will not let this happen.” It would appear that a showdown is brewing.
Shinzo Abe has consolidated power as a result of the weekend snap election. Abe-nomics will continue, but he is also expected to modify Japan’s pacifist Constitution so that he can “deal with North Korea.” Japan needs to be able to defend itself, but this could mark the beginning of a new Asian arms race.
The U.S. calendar is very light today. The highlight of this week will be the ECB rate decision on Thursday.