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Central Banks: Stopping the Addiction

As global economies recover, central banks are shifting towards ‘normalising’ their bloated balance sheets. Given the scale of the previous build-up, many investors fear that this could be hugely disruptive to markets. Yet, this is unlikely. The Fed’s balance sheet … Continue reading

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Third Time Unlucky or The New Sino-American Symbiosis

The global economy is facing its third deflationary shock in succession. After the US economy and the Eurozone, China is the epicenter of the latest crisis. The erstwhile Sino-American Symbiosis resurfaces in a new, more nefarious form. The causation runs … Continue reading

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A Glide Path for the Fed: Earlier, But More Predictable and Flexible Tapering

The Fed began the process of ending QE and thereby kicked off the end of a 30-year long cycle of progressively easier monetary conditions. In starting the tapering process earlier than expected, the Fed has traded off incremental adjustments in … Continue reading

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Market Prospects Ahead of the QE3 Wind-Down

The Fed surprised markets with a more hawkish posture than expected, suggesting the start of QE tapering in late 2013 and completion by mid-2014. While Fed guidance may not ultimately come to pass, EM equity markets in particular remain subject … Continue reading

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(Fed) Talk is cheap. So don’t listen

Recent market perceptions notwithstanding, the Fed is unlikely to end its accommodative stance (incl. QE) anytime soon. However, this does not mean that asset markets will continue to derive undiminished support from such actions forever.

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Fed: Still Easing After All These Years – Interpretation & Asset Implications

In its new round of quantitative easing, the Fed’s operations are now open-ended, unlike in previous instances. What is more, in what could mark a turning point in its approach to monetary policy, it signaled that its loose stance might … Continue reading

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