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Morgan Stanley analysis team suggest that in order to create easier financial conditions for businesses and the economy, the US Fed decided to pause its plans to keep hiking short-term rates as this was the message in its January meeting minutes.

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“It also decided to slow its effort to shrink its balance sheet by letting the proceeds from maturing bonds run off, a process known as quantitative tightening.”

“Here’s the counterintuitive part: While these are dovish monetary policy moves, which typically lead to lower interest rates, my analysis suggests they could lead instead to higher long-term rates.”

“That’s because investors will likely be quick to price in the potential that, thanks to the dovish policy, economic growth will improve and inflation rise. That could cause longer-term rates to drift higher, even as short-term rates stay low.”

“Since bond prices move inversely to interest rates, I don’t think this is a good time for investors to buy longer-term bonds. However, financial firms typically benefit from a steepening yield curve, making that potentially a sector worth adding to.”