Intraday Market Thoughts

Rethinking Tapering-is-no-Tightening

by Ashraf Laidi
Mar 20, 2014 14:14

Markets usually react to novelty and the single new development in yesterday's FOMC statement was the forecast for earlier than anticipated rate hikes in the Fed projections. The hawkish projections are a challenge to the Bernanke-Yellen notion that tapering does not imply tightening, especially as bond yields showed their biggest daily rise in 4 months. The real challenge will occur after the April taper, when further tightening of US credit markets (rising yields in anticipation of earlier rate hikes) – combines with a slowing China and worries from US earnings ahead of higher rates. Expectations of higher rates are not necessarily bearish as long as post-winter macro-economic momentum extends into Q3. Failure to do so, will force the Fed to highlight the vagueness of its guidance and keep rates low beyond 2015. Full chart & analysis.

Click To Enlarge
Rethinking Tapering-is-no-Tightening - Fomc Tables Mar 19 (Chart 1)


Latest IMTs