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Central bank overload

Friday 23rd September 2022

Bond yields continued to rise in the US one day on rom the FOMC meeting. NAB’s Ken Crompton says normally you’d expect to see a bit of a rebound, so this is a sign that the market has accepted that the Fed are determined to keep going, evidenced by the elevated dot plots yesterday. Meanwhile the Bank of England lifted rates 50bp – it probably would have been higher if the UK government hadn’t stepped in with a cap on energy prices, although their mini budget today will include tax cuts that could go against the bank’s objectives. The Bank of Japan didn’t move at all and a very dovish speech by Gov Kuroda sent the Yen spiralling lower, forcing the Ministry of Finance to intervene. Lots of PMIs today to provide evidence of which economies are softening and which, like the US perhaps, are holding up.

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