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Central banks spark confusion

A confusing set of messages from central banks spurred volatility in government credit markets in June.

Jeremy Spain - Bond Team analyst

by
Jeremy Spain

in Features

06.07.2017

Investors were clearly rattled by the mixed messages emanating from central banks last month, which sparked a sell-off in government bonds.

The Federal Reserve at least has been fairly clear about its direction of travel. It has struck a more hawkish rhetoric recently, as policy makers become increasingly confident on the outlook for the US economy. The Fed raised interest rates by a further 25 basis points in June - a move that was widely anticipated by markets – and spelled out a strategy for slimming down its balance sheet. 

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