Reflation Goes off the Rails
The pullback in yields confused bond bears, indicating market sees declining chances of an inflation overshoot and a consistent return to +2% CPI. The commodity market was quick to jump on the shift, with nearly everything falling sharply, including a 2.2% fall in gold, a 7% fall in soybeans and a 5% decline in copper.
With that, the commodity currencies also dropped. The declines in AUD and NZD were particularly stark given that Australian employment and New Zealand GDP were both very strong.
In equities, the trade manifest itself as a fall in small caps and a jump in tech.
Is the Fed displeased with the market reaction? They fought hard for credibility on an inflation overshoot but have squandered it. That said, this may also be a tactical retreat from Powell and the Fed governors. They don't have any control over the dots but he hasn't conceded any ground on a taper or rate hikes yet. The real discussion won't take place for a few months yet and by that time they might have a clearer idea on whether or not inflation is transitory or not.For now though, the dollar is ascendant and because shorts are such a crowded trade, there is some room to run.
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