Poland Weekly Focus | Correction on bond market
NBP to hold first QE operation this month. So far, PLN 85bn bought within program. No macro release scheduled this week in Poland. Zloty lost most of last week’s gains and EURPLN should stay around 4.45.
June 12 | NBP to hold next QE operation. The National Bank of Poland will hold its eighth QE operation this week (a second monthly operation is scheduled for June 24). So far, the NBP has bought PLN 85.4bn, out of which PLN 16.2bn is in BGK and PFR papers. The bond buying program is focused on papers with longer maturity (above 5Y). We expect the central bank to continue buying state-guaranteed papers issued by PFR and BGK.
Bond market drivers | Long end of curve corrected. Over the course of the week, the long end of the curve went strongly up by 30bp and returned to levels of around 1.45% seen before the last policy rate cut. The Polish curve followed global developments, as the 10Y German Bund went up by roughly 15bp to -0.3%. As a result, the spread over the 10Y Bund widened towards 180bp. As far as other maturities are concerned, the 2Y yield corrected as well and increased by 20bp towards 0.25%, while the 5Y yield bounced back by roughly 20bp to 0.85%.
FX market drivers | Zloty lost gains. The zloty continued appreciating in the first half of last week, as it went below 4.40 vs. the EUR. However, in the second half of the week it lost its gains and returned to the area of 4.45. We expect the EURPLN to stay between 4.40-4.45 in the coming months. This week, the FOMC meeting will likely be the most important event. The EURUSD could react to specific news on how long interest rates could remain at current levels, and to what extent and how long securities will be bought in the future.