Fed hawk upsets markets

Market Review from Realm Investment Management – week ending 18th November 2022

Equity markets were mixed last week following a strong advance the week before. UK and European markets were generally a little higher with US stocks giving back some of the previous week’s gains.

In the US, speeches from Fed officials were quite hawkish including one from James Bullard, president of the St Louis branch, who lifted his view of where the Fed funds rate should be to between 5%-5.25%. His comments that rate rises so far had only had a “limited effect on observed inflation” sent stocks lower on Thursday.

US recession worries increased as the 2-year/10-year yield curve, a much-watched indicator, inverted further to its lowest level in over forty years and consequently a recession is now expected by many investors. This now begs the questions, how long it will last? and how bad it will be?

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