Fed Tapering Fears Hit Emerging Currencies and Stocks

World shares slid to their lowest level in more than a month and emerging markets fell for the fourth straight day on Tuesday, as concerns about an expected cut in U.S. stimulus and related gains in bond yields escalated.

U.S. stock index futures, however, signaled a steadier tone ahead on Wall Street – after major indexes posted their longest losing streaks of the year on Tuesday – helping drag many markets off their lows. .N .DJI

Europe’s main stock markets .FTEU3 were down 0.8 percent by midday, near a two-week low, while emerging stocks .MSCIEF fell 1.3 percent to trade at a five-week low, though both indexes had recovered slightly during the morning session.

The selling has been the result of rising expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will start winding down its $85 billion-a-month support program next month. The prospect has driven up bond market borrowing costs, which in turn has sparked a move away from the riskier assets that have soared over the last few years thanks to the extra liquidity.

via Reuters

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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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