Over the last 24 hours, Fed Chair Janet Yellen came out with a relatively hawkish outlook on monetary policy, stating that she still expects a rate hike “later this year,” that US economic prospects “generally appear solid,” and that the FOMC does not expect recent global financial developments to significantly affect policy.”
U.S. five-year note yields touched the highest in almost a month after a higher-than-forecast reading in the Institute for Supply Management’s U.S. factory index boosted the argument for an interest-rate increase.
One central bank ends QE, another increases it. This is not a trick, but a treat for the markets. The global equity markets found additional buoyancy on Friday after the Bank of Japan surprised the markets overnight by expanding its monetary easing program to about 80 trillion yen a year, up from Y60tn-Y70tn previously.