Fed Signals More Discomfort Over Sharp Move Higher in US Yields
The global foreign exchange market experienced a degree of stabilization during the recent night, as market participants continued to absorb the recent escalation in geopolitical tensions within the Middle East. Notably, the US dollar, Swiss franc, and Japanese yen initially surged in response to heightened demand for safe-haven assets triggered by the recent conflict between Hamas and Israel over the past weekend. However, the dollar index swiftly relinquished these gains, marking its fifth consecutive day of closing lower.
Simultaneously, the oil market has witnessed some consolidation in the overnight hours, with the price of Brent crude hovering just below the $88 per barrel mark. This price level remains approximately $4 per barrel higher than it was at the close of the previous week.
In sum, the financial markets have responded with relative restraint to the surge in geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. This response aligns with the perspective of analysts around the globe, who believe that the ongoing conflict is unlikely to significantly affect the delicate balance between oil supply and demand in the short term. Furthermore, the conflict is unlikely to spread across the region and escalate further, causing more widespread destabilization. It is important to emphasize that this remains the primary risk factor for financial markets in the forthcoming weeks, necessitating close monitoring.
Concurrently, the strength of the US dollar has been eroded by recent pronouncements from Federal Reserve officials early this week. These statements suggest that if the recent substantial increase in US yields were to persist, it could deter the Fed from proceeding with their previously anticipated final interest rate hike later this year. Fed Vice Chair Jefferson, in remarks made yesterday, expressed his vigilance regarding the tightening of financial conditions driven by higher bond yields. He emphasized that this would be a pivotal consideration when evaluating the future direction of monetary policy. Furthermore, he indicated that the Fed is poised to approach the assessment of any additional policy tightening with caution. These comments do not indicate a rush on the part of the Fed to implement rate hikes as early as the upcoming month.
This sentiment was echoed earlier on the same day by Dallas Fed President Logan, who provided a comprehensive analysis of the recent surge in US bond yields and its probable impact on Fed policy. She underscored the substantial tightening of financial conditions in recent times. She emphasized the necessity to differentiate between the factors driving the increase in yields, such as stronger economic growth, a higher neutral policy rate, and a rise in the term premium. Logan argued that a significant role has been played by an increase in the term premium, accounting for more than half of the surge in yields since July. If this higher term premium endures, it implies that the Fed would need to implement fewer rate hikes to achieve policy tightening. These remarks align with our outlook that Federal Reserve policy is presently on hold, and we anticipate the next move to involve rate reductions next year in response to decelerating economic growth and inflation. Notably, there has been a notable shift in tone among Fed officials since late last week, with a growing unease over the rapid ascent of US yields.
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