The Fed passed on raising rates today, and it is likely we get no more hikes this year. Bond yield’s moved sharply lower today, and the Dollar continues to sell-off. A weak Dollar setups several scenarios that will spill into global equity markets. The Dollar sits an important inflection point.
FOMC Decision – Bond Market Reaction
The Fed left rates unchanged following a two-day FOMC meeting. In all likelihood, we saw the last of 2017 rate hikes take place in June. The Fed keeps saying they will start “normalizing” the balance sheet, but the market doesn’t believe them. The normalizing of the balance sheet, in theory, should cause rates to rise because the Fed will be selling bonds. This should then push rates on the long-end of the curve higher. But the bond the market just dared the Fed to start balance sheet normalization.
Yields Move Lower
It could be a case of just filling the gap, but yields began to move lower before the Fed announcement, but it then accelerated after the language came out. If that wasn’t enoughm the Dollar had an even harsher reaction.
It is probably because the bond and currency market pay attention to economic data a little more carefully.
Inflation is melting away…
So with inflation melting away, the market doesn’t believe the Fed about Reverse QE, or QT- Quantive Tightening.
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A weaker Dollar is bullish for commodities and the Material Sector (XLB). If the Dollar index breaks 92, the Dollar will get materially weaker, and the Euro and Yen materially stronger.
A stronger Yen is bearish for Japanese equities and a strong Euro is bearish for European equities, as their multinationals will become less competitive. For US multinationals the opposite holds true, and they will become more competitive.
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