Gold Silver Reports – Bonds Slide as Dollar Climbs on Tax Plan, Economy – Global bonds declined as optimism over the health of the U.S. economy and President Donald Trump’s tax-cut plan pushed Treasury yields higher with the dollar. Asian stocks were mixed as investors began to assess the implications of the much-anticipated tax proposal.
Australian and Japanese bonds joined a global sell-off and Treasury yields reached the highest levels in two months as investors raised their expectations for the Federal Reserve to raise rates one more time this year despite some of Chair Janet Yellen’s colleagues continuing to push back at her contention more hikes are on the way.
Japanese stocks rose, while they fell in Hong Kong and were little changed elsewhere in Asia. Bitcoin extended its rally this week to 15 percent as Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman said it’s “certainly something more than just a fad.”
Focus remains on the outlook for some of the world’s biggest economies, with central bank policy makers from the U.S., U.K. and Australia among speakers at a Bank of England conference starting in London on Thursday. Data is also due on U.S. growth and spending. Market moves may be volatile as we approach the end of the quarter and ahead of week-long market closures in China and South Korea next week.
Trump’s tax-reform plan announcement is just the start of what’s expected to be a brutal fight in Congress, but equity investors were initially encouraged by several proposals, such as allowing companies to write off capital expenditures for five years. The dollar received a push from the prospect of capital inflows as companies take advantage of a proposed one- time repatriation tax.
“This will be a very nervous period for the markets,” Capital Alpha Partners founder and President Charles Gabriel told the “Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia” television show. “A lot of the expectation is that the Fed is absolutely going to raise rates in December, so a lot of mixed signals in this, but it is time to think about tax reform as a positive sum game in Washington.” — Neal Bhai Reports