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Analysts at Westpac explain that the US equity markets like the fact that the Fed Chairman Powell appears open to a slower pace of monetary tightening.

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“Powell’s comment that the benchmark funds rate is “just below the broad range of estimates of the level that would be neutral for the economy” was enough to spark a strong bounce in US equities, while the 10 year yield briefly dipped below 3% for the first time since mid-September.”

“Westpac is forecasting rates will rise in December, and this will be followed by 3 further rate hikes in 2019. However, market pricing implies that while the Fed is likely to hike in December (about 80% priced), it will move only once in 2019.”

“Attention now turns to the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires this weekend. Expectations are high that presidents Trump and Xi will emerge with some sort of agreement on trade from a private dinner scheduled for Saturday evening. However, recent commentary   from the US administration has been very unsupportive for this view.”