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Six Things Drove Fixed-Income Markets Last Month:
  • Softer economic data: In the US, we’re starting to see the initial signs of a cooling economy. While some data points remained resilient, the market has started to consider whether we’re nearing peak hawkishness in FOMC hiking policy.
  • Less hawkish global central bank policy: We started to see select central banks begin to pull in the reins on what, until now, had been unbridled enthusiasm in hiking policy rates. 
  • Stabilizing gilt markets: UK policy pressures subsided with the resignation of the Truss government and appointment of new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
  • Active intervention by both Japan’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the Bank of Japan (BOJ): The former likely intervened in the FX market to stabilize the yen, and the latter conducted a bond-buying operation. 
  • China’s 20th Party Congress, which occurs every five years, concluded in October with the re-election of Xi Jinping to a third term as general secretary of the Party and president for life.
  • Year-end balance-sheet constraints are now showing up in the system in cross-currency rates, reflecting balance-sheet funding needs by non-US entities. 
What's Keeping Us Up at Night:
  • Developments in Russia/Ukraine point to an escalating conflict
  • Bank of Japan and Yield-Curve Control
  • The Mississippi River 
  • New measures from the Italian government



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