Six Takeaways From Markets Reaction to the Fed

The markets’ immediate response to the Fed’s hike on Wednesday included an impressive run-up in stocks and significantly lower yields on U.S. government bonds. Some market observers hailed the benefits of a “dovish hike” by a “Goldilocks Fed.” Others cautioned against overextrapolating from what was mainly a technically-driven move. In assessing these and other views, here are six things you should know about the drivers of this unusual market reaction and some implications for what may lie ahead.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
Craig Erlam
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