LIVE MARKETS What next? – Reuters

February 7, 2022 by No Comments

  • STOXX 600 up 0.3%
  • Asia shares dip
  • Wall Street futures turn negative

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To get a sense of the scale of the challenge that confronts global policymakers, investors would do no better than to look back to last week.

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As the European Central Bank joined the U.S. Federal Reserve and the Bank of England to signal a hawkish pivot, markets fell out of bed.

Short-end bond yields jumped, marking the worst monthly performance for 1-3 year debt indices in seven years barring March 2020 according to JP Morgan strategists and U.S. stock markets witnessed the single biggest day wipeout in market capitalisation for Meta (FB.O) at more than $200 billion.

Very rarely in the last few years have equity and bond investors sung from the same hymn sheet as they did last week.

But with the top four major central banks set to suck out $2 trillion from the financial system between May 2022 and May 2023, four times the biggest 12-month decline since 2018-19, more volatility is in store.

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