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Analysts at TD Securities explained that Fed’s  Brainard’s speech repeated that she remains in favour of gradual hikes and overshooting the neutral rate.

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“Underpinning this stance are tight resource markets, fiscal stimulus and a rising short-term neutral rate.”

“She gave much emphasis to the short-term neutral rate, which could rise above its longrun value and is more important for near-term policy.”

“As such, the speech has a hawkish tilt that was overlooked by markets. Furthermore, despite her international bent, she did not emphasize concerns over global developments (China, EM risks, trade policy), though these do pose a downside risk. As such, the speech had a hawkish tilt that was overlooked by markets.”

“Meanwhile, producer prices disappointed with a 0.1% decline (market:+0.2%) on a sharp decline in food prices, which left core prices up 0.1% m/m.”

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