Fed’s Meeting Minutes reveal a more optimistic outlook – Market Overview

Fed’s Meeting Minutes reveal a more optimistic outlook – Market Overview

The Monetary Policy Committee members foresee better growth figures for 2021, which will be driven by the progress in the administration of the vaccine and Biden's fiscal stimulus.

These optimistic expectations regarding the economy were endorsed after retail sales figure report for January came out, with figures shooting up to 5.3% from -1% the previous month, with a general increase in all consumer sectors.

However, the Federal Reserve remained firm in its decision to maintain the zero- interest rate policy for as long as it is necessary to reach the full employment target, even if inflation rebounded above 2%.

The investment bank Goldman Sachs has adjusted the forecast for North American GDP growth to 7% for the year 2021. However, they forecast an unemployment rate for this year of 4.1%, still above the Fed's 3% target.

How are U.S. bonds impacted?

All of these aspects could continue to encourage inflation expectations among investors. Consequently, the yields of long-term American bonds might resume their upward path, with the 10-year bond, Tnote, already reaching yields above 1.30%.

In terms of price, the bond continues to decline due to capital outflows from a haven asset with negative returns in real terms.

From a technical point of view, the bond does not find any reference that can be considered support until the 134.00 area.

The U.S. Dollar strengthens.

This upward movement in yields made the U.S. Dollar more powerful. The American currency experienced a correction after reaching levels of 1.2020, in the case of its price against the euro, breaking the primary support at the 1.2065 area.

This particular effect also reverberates in the stock markets. Although expectations of recovery have improved considerably, the rise in long-term interest rates due to the increase in inflation forecasts are elements that do not favour stock market indices.

Technically, the USA30 index points towards the formation of a double top that would activate below the 31377 zone with a potential target around the 31140 levels.

Sources: B.K. Asset Management, Investing.com.

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