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Has the Fed lost markets confidence?

Has the Fed lost markets confidence?

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By CNBCTV18.COMNov 4, 2019 7:20:48 PM IST (Updated)

There is "increasing evidence of a loss of confidence that the Fed is actually in control", after its rate-setting committee, led by Chair Janet Yellen, seemed to brush aside concerns about deflation by choosing not to raise interest rates at its September meeting, Edwards argued in a research note.

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Traders are starting to doubt the US Federal Reserve (Fed)'s command of monetary policy, according to Societe Generale's famously pessimistic strategist, Albert Edwards.

There is "increasing evidence of a loss of confidence that the Fed is actually in control", after its rate-setting committee, led by Chair Janet Yellen, seemed to brush aside concerns about deflation by choosing not to raise interest rates at its September meeting, Edwards argued in a research note.

Yellen cited concerns about instability elsewhere in the world when she spoke about her decision. The Fed has since been criticized for assigning too much importance to market turmoil elsewhere, rather than focusing on the US domestic economy, when making its call. There have also been concerns that uncertainty of when rate rises will happen is now more of a drag on stock markets than a small rate rise, which has been long expected, would be.

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Edwards points to "the continuing slide in US break-even inflation expectations" in the bond market as a clear sign that bond market traders, at least, do not "believe the Fed is in control any more." US bonds due for repayments in five years are now below their January low and are now only 20 basis points above the euro zone, despite an apparently healthier US economy.

Edwards drew comparisons between the US at the moment and Japan in 1995 – when the surging value of the yen made exports for Japanese businesses extremely difficult.

The strategist, who is well-known for his uber-bearish predictions, added: "All this money printing will ultimately end in tears."

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