The Fed, stock markets and interest rates
The Fed, stock markets and interest rates
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The Fed, stock markets and interest rates

By George Michael Belardinelli - 17 Mar 2022

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As the Fed prepared to announce a 0.25% interest rate hike to compensate for inflation, the stock markets were giving very good signals

Fed Day and the stock market

On Tuesday, as well as yesterday, the stock market, although very volatile, showed encouraging signs. 

The Dow Jones reached 33,544.34 points, the Nasdaq gained 2.92% and the S&P 500 gained 2.14%, driven by rumours from Eastern Europe. 

Yesterday was no different, with the Dow Jones up 34,062 points, the Nasdaq up 2.76% and the S&P 500 up 1.88%.

David Zervos, Chief Strategist at Jefferies, told CNBC that he expected the Federal Reserve to be aggressive in the face of the complex US and global situation and that this would understandably affect the fixed income market. 

The consumer price index, which jumped 7.9% year-on-year, also played an important role. 

This result sets a record for the last 40 years, as the consumer price index has never reached such heights. 

The Ukraine variable

Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, spoke to the nation. 

In a speech, the Ukrainian leader explained that the state he represents will not join NATO and that a ceasefire seems to be getting closer

Confirmation also came from the Russian side on behalf of Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov who told the BBC that: 

“There is some hope of reaching a compromise”. 

The news positively shocked markets around the world, both stock and non-stock, and is one of the reasons for the good health enjoyed by Wall Street in recent days. 

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Asian stock markets and tech stocks

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He has made it clear that he intends to take measures to protect China’s economy if necessary and that the capital market will not be left behind. 

The combination of these statements and those from Eastern Europe have brought new vigour to Hong Kong and Shanghai. 

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng, to name but one, closed up 9%, its best performance since October 2008. 

Chinese stocks, particularly those in the tech sector, also did well on the New York Stock Exchange, with Alibaba up 21%, JD.com up 28% and Didi up 44%

Lastly, even the 2.167% rise in 10-year US government bonds was a good sign, while retail sales were down slightly by 0.1%, although they were still positive. 

George Michael Belardinelli

A former corporate manager at Carifac Spa and later at Veneto Banca Scpa, blogger and Rhumière, over the years he has become passionate about philosophy and the opportunities that innovation and the media make available to us, in particular the metaverse and augmented reality

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