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Bond rout deepens as US Fed weighs worst rate hike in 22 years

Australian bonds slid, and the currency jumped, after the nation's central bank increased borrowing costs by more than many had expected

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Bonds fell around the world as investors braced for the biggest since 2000 and a wave of policy tightening by other central banks. Dip-buying sent stocks in Europe higher.

The US 10-year yield traded around 3% after hitting the milestone on Monday. Germany’s benchmark rate rose above 1% for the first time since 2015, while the corresponding yield on U.K. bonds climbed above 2%. Australian bonds slid, and the currency jumped, after the nation’s central bank increased borrowing costs by more than many had expected.

UK 10-Yr G-sec Yield

Meanwhile, investors betting that global bonds are still expensive took shelter in equities. Europe’s Stoxx 600 benchmark added 0.6%, led by energy and travel.

US index futures pared gains to trade little changed amid volatile trading.

are getting whipsawed between concerns around persistent inflationary spirals and risks to global growth from rising yields, China’s Covid lockdowns and Russia’s war in Ukraine. The Federal Reserve’s plans to raise rates and reduce its balance sheet have ended an era of cheap money and forced money managers to reassess valuations.

“The right strategy right now is to position for inflation — a clear and present fact — rather than recession, which is still only a possibility,” Solita Marcelli, chief investment officer for the Americas at UBS Global Wealth Management, wrote in a note.

Next up is the Federal Reserve on Wednesday. The UK is expected to raise borrowing costs a day later.

Asian equities were whipsawed by big swings in Alibaba Group Holding in Hong Kong on concerns about the status of co-founder Jack Ma. The worries faded and the city’s bourse stabilized as officials rolled back Covid-related curbs.

A gauge of the dollar held around a two-year high, while the pound advanced. The Bank of England this week is expected to raise interest rates to a 13-year high and clarify plans for selling its government-bond holdings. Meanwhile, are wagering on almost four 25-basis-point hikes by the European Central Bank this year

Crude oil fell as traders weighed demand for refined products against challenges from the virus-induced slowdown in China.

‘Tariff relief on China an option’

US’s top trade negotiator Katherine Tai said that relief from US tariffs on China is one option to confront the fastest inflation in four decades, while cautioning that the duties should be studied in the context of broader economic policy.

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First Published: Tue, May 03 2022. 23:21 IST
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