World markets head lower as Federal Reserve taper fears realised


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When are the Fed minutes released?

The minutes for each regularly scheduled meeting of the Committee ordinarily are made available three weeks after the day of the policy decision and subsequently are published in the Board's Annual Report. federalreserve.govMinutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, July 27-28, 2021

What is taper in stock market?

Tapering is the reduction of the rate at which a central bank accumulates new assets on its balance sheet under a policy of QE. Tapering is the first step in the process of either winding down—or completely withdrawing from—a monetary stimulus program that has already been executed. InvestopediaTapering Definition - Interest Rates

U.S. Fed closing in on tapering

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 U.S. Dollar Is Strong Against Major Rivals As Tapering Moves Begin

FX Empire 19 August, 2021 - 05:19am

Against six major rivals, the dollar index rose as high as 93.502, its highest level since Nov. 5, before climbing 0.26% to 93.464.

As the dollar index rose alongside the greenback, it made peaks in 2021 on the Australian and New Zealand dollars after the greenback gained 0.3% to $1.1665 per euro, its highest since November.

Officials from the Federal Open Market Committee noted in minutes released on Wednesday that if the economy improves as expected, the bond-buying stimulus could be eased this year. However, the requirement for “substantial further progress” toward maximum employment had not yet been met.

Participants considered that it would be appropriate to reduce asset purchases this year, provided that the economy progresses as expected, the minutes stated, adding that the economy had reached its inflation target and was very close to reaching its target for job growth.

Members of the committee, however, generally agreed that the economy has not achieved the “substantial further improvement” benchmark that the Fed is looking for before considering a rate hike.

As part of their response to interest rate concerns, committee members also made clear that “there is no mechanical connection” between when tapering begins and when the federal funds rate range will increase.

During the tapering process, interest rates are unlikely to rise until the Fed is no longer growing its balance sheet and has stopped growing rates.

This year’s annual Jackson Hole, Wyoming symposium, which runs Aug. 26 through 28, will focus Fed watchers’ attention.

The Fed is expected to continue signaling continued changes to its policy, giving the greenback bulls important underlying support, according to market commentators;

Despite the market’s expectation that tapering will begin soon, it still does not expect interest rate hikes for a year or two. Futures contracts tied to the Federal Reserve’s benchmark rate are estimating that there is a 50% chance of a rate hike in November 2022 and a 69% chance the following month

World markets head lower as Federal Reserve taper fears realised

The Guardian 19 August, 2021 - 02:46am

The FTSE (^FTSE) was down 2.1% by 9.40am, Germany's DAX (^GDAXI) was down 1.7% and the CAC (^FCHI) was almost 2.8% lower. 

Over the last week, economic data from the US, Europe and China has all suggested that the rate at which major economies have been recovering in recent months is slowing.

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US stock futures followed Asia lower, with the S&P 500 (ES=F) looking set for an open 0.9% lower, Dow futures (YM=F) down 1% and Nasdaq futures (NQ=F) declining 0.9%. 

The slide came following the release of Federal Reserve meeting notes, which showed officials agreed on slowing the pace of bond purchases later this year. Markets have been on edge about the prospect of tapering for weeks now. 

US stocks had finished Wednesday's session around 1% down across the board.

"The Fed's ultra-easy monetary policy, which has been in effect since 2020, has provided support to financial markets by driving down bond yields," said Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at AvaTrade.

"Because of lower returns on these bonds, investors have shifted to riskier assets such as equities, which typically provide higher returns. The shift toward a tighter monetary policy, on the other hand, indicates that the central bank is unlikely to provide the same level of liquidity to investors in near future."

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In Asia, stocks retreated overnight. The Hang Seng (^HSI) was down 2.1% at the close, the SSE Composite (000001.SS) fell 0.6% and the Nikkei (^N225) declined 1.1%. 

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