February 21, 2018, 1:01 pm
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AS SUPPLY DELUGE LOOMS: Speculators slash bearish US bond bets

LONDON- With the dust beginning to settle after a tumultuous start to the year for the US bond market, speculators are scaling back their bets on higher yields. By quite a margin.

US investors shrug off higher yields

NEW YORK- Spooked one week, sanguine the next.

Market volatility, budget deficits pose test for Fed’s Powell

DAYTON, Ohio- When the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting ended last month, US stock indexes were near record highs, market volatility was almost non-existent and policymakers chatted about the calm waters welcoming incoming central bank chief Jerome Powell.

Rattled by US fiscal, monetary tug-of-war, investors start looking abroad

NEW YORK- The worst week in the US stock market in two years and benchmark 10-year Treasury yields hitting four-year highs are prompting fund managers to rethink their allocation plans.

Inflation data may test nervy markets again

DUBLIN- A surprise surge in US wage growth has rocked global stock and bond markets in the past week, and inflation figures from three of the world’s biggest economies could dictate whether investors are in for another rollercoaster ride in the coming week.

US dollar rebound fleeting; set to slip a bit more this year

BENGALURU- The battered US dollar is unlikely to rebound this year, even though the Federal Reserve is expected raise interest rates at least three times, according to a Reuters poll of strategists, who aren’t expecting any major moves either.

AS BOND YIELDS STEEPEN: Dividend plays on slippery ground

After a decade of easy-money policy that cut bond yields to almost nothing and lifted US stock markets to records, companies that pay big dividends now look among the most exposed as Federal Reserve interest rate rises pull returns on government debt higher.

Volatility spike boosts options market

NEW YORK- Wall Street’s ‘fear gauge’ notched its biggest one-day jump in more than two years on Monday, as U.S. stocks slumped and investors took to the options market in search of protection against a further slide in prices.

Global interest in green bonds soaring

SYDNEY- When National Australia Bank launched the country’s first ever “green” mortgage bond last week, it kept its expectations for demand in check with price guidance at a similar level to a non-green bond it was also selling.

Global funds cut stocks, fear inflation could puncture complacency

LONDON- Global investors trimmed equity holdings by 1.2 percentage points in January, concerned that markets have grown complacent after a thundering bull run and seeing risks of an inflation wake-up call.


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