Jerome Powell’s testimony last week offered no pushback against rate-cut expectations, and if anything, actually stoked the fire. Bets of a 50 basis point cut, as opposed to 25, rose, indicating the market shifted to an even more dovish stance.
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It’s frankly astounding to me how much power the Federal Reserve holds over the psychology of market participants. One reassuring comment from Jay Powell can send the market 5% higher in a week, while an offhand comment, such as we saw in October, can throw the market into a severe correction.
The financial markets have been telling a fragmented story ever since the beginning of 2019, but that appears to be changing. Over the past month, the messages coming from stock and bond markets have begun to coalesce in a manner that unfortunately, will likely leave a bearish taste in your mouth.
It’s been a rough start to the week (or an exciting start, depending on your perspective) as a result of reescalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China. On Sunday, President Trump stated that tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports would increase from 10% to 25%, and that another $325 billion in goods could fall under the 25% tariff “shortly.”
We saw a strong rally in global equity markets yesterday, and much of that move was predicated on an improving Chinese landscape. On Sunday, the official Chinese Purchasing Managers’ Index came in at 50.5 (for March), signaling expansion for the first time in four months. The previous reading of 49.2 represented a three-year low.