HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK – Sept 23
- Financial markets were focused on the Federal Reserve and the referendum on independence in Scotland. The victory for the no-side was greeted fondly in U.S. equity markets with a rally to end the week.
- The Federal Reserve’s statement was decidedly dovish with little reference to improved economic momentum. Their updated projections on the other hand, went the other direction, pointing to a faster increase in interest rates than is currently being priced in financial markets.
- There is reason to take the FOMC’s rate projections with a grain of salt. With little in the way of inflationary pressures and a considerable degree of labor market slack remaining, we expect a slower pace of tightening than is reflected in the median Fed “dot”.
- The Canadian dollar faced a number of major events this week, but came out on top, with modest gains against the U.S. dollar masking an even better performance against other major currencies.
- A big part of the U.S. dollar story in recent weeks reflects the attraction of higher U.S. government longer-term bond yields relative to other G-7 countries. This past week, a modest narrowing in U.S.-Canada yield spreads, along with supportive Canadian economic data, likely provided a boost to the Loonie.
- In line with weaker demand for Canadian government bonds, Canada’s TSX traded generally lower on the week and may instead reflect the generally weaker commodity price environment currently.
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