Singapore UOB Bank Admits It Got Fed Tapering Wrong

The Federal Reserve’s September surprise, which postponed the tapering of its asset purchases, dented otherwise solid earnings at two of Singapore’s banks.

OCBC and DBS, two of Singapore’s banking trio, reported solid earnings Friday, beating analysts’ expectations amid solid lending growth and resilient asset quality, but both noted taper-related dents to trading and Treasury income. UOB is due to report earnings on November 5.

“We basically got the call on Fed tapering wrong. We were quite sure that there would be Fed tapering in September and effectively positioned for that,” said Piyush Gupta, CEO of DBS, at a press conference. “We put on hedges on some of our Treasury positions. Clearly, when the Fed didn’t taper and rates went the wrong way, our hedges started going out of the money,” he added.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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