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Strong stock and bond markets at odds over global growth

Updated : April 22, 2019 12:43 PM IST

The main catalyst for the gains was the Federal Reserve's surprise decision in early January to pause its tightening policy after four interest rate increases in 2018 raised fears it was being too aggressive as the economy cooled and inflation remained minimal.
A move by the Fed on interest rates or a communication misstep by the central bank would likely end either the rally in the stock market or in investment-grade bonds by the end of the year, restoring the traditional give-and-take between risk and safety, investors say.
Since January equity markets around the world have made up much of the ground they lost during a wrenching fourth quarter of 2018 that sent the US stock market to the brink of a bear market.
Strong stock and bond markets at odds over global growth

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