Mortgage rates were noticeably higher through yesterday afternoon as the bond market had generally been bouncing back from the more extreme levels achieved last week. Markets approached today’s Jackson Hole symposium with open minds as to the potential outcomes from Fed Chair Powell’s much-anticipated speech. But even before that speech, China announced tariffs on US goods. And shortly after Powell’s speech, Trump’s trade-related tweets rocked the market again.
Between China and Trump, Powell didn’t stand a chance. This is a market fixated on the long-term potential fallout for the real economy based on an escalating trade war. Traders give the Federal Reserve a tremendous amount of respect as a market mover, but ultimately, the Fed’s role only amounts to a fine-tuning adjustment to the core drivers of the global economy. In general, markets assume trade wars will drive economic momentum lower/weaker, and that tends to help bond yields and interest rates move in the same direction.
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