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HERE is the thing. In the United States, the long-dated treasury yields for both the 10-year and 30-year have been rising steadily since hitting the lows last year and well into this year, especially so the past one week.
AFTER Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell (pic) spent two days telling US lawmakers the economy is in no state to be thinking about monetary tightening, financial markets on Thursday suddenly started pricing in a rapid – and perhaps too-hot – recovery.
HONG KONG (AFP): Equity markets suffered another sell-off Friday on fears that an expected strong global economic recovery this year will fan inflation and force central banks to hike interest rates, despite reassurances that ultra-loose monetary policies will be kept in place for as long as needed.
WELLINGTON: New Zealand’s central bank held its official cash rate at a record low of 0.25% yesterday, as expected, saying the current levels of monetary stimulus were needed to meet its consumer price inflation and employment remit.
SYDNEY: The Australian and New Zealand dollars extended their rapid rally on Wednesday as relatively high local yields drew buyers, and New Zealand's central bank sounded upbeat on the local economy even as it signalled rates would stay low.
HONG KONG (AFP): Fears that the global recovery will fire inflation continued to weigh on Asian stocks Friday (Feb 19) as traders faced up to the fact that interest rates will not be kept at record lows forever.
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MOSCOW: Russia's central bank held its key interest rate at a record low of 4.25% on Friday and said it will not cut rates further, planning instead to start gradually raising them at some point in the future when inflation stabilises near its target.
KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit weakened further against the US dollar at the opening on Friday, spurred by buying interest for the greenback as it continued to rally following high COVID-19 vaccination rates and concerns over an interest rate increase by the People's Bank of China (PBoC), said a dealer.