Market Update – 16th March 2017 – U.S Fed Raise Rates 25 Basis Points With More To Come, AUD Rallies?

Early this morning the U.S Federal Reserve led by Janet Yellen decided to lift rates by 25 basis points while also providing a reasonably hawkish (positive) rhetoric about the future of the U.S economy, inflation and therefore interest rates. But while this was expected the resulting move on markets was not; in fact markets did the complete opposite of what the text books will tell you should have happened. Basic economic theory suggests when interest rates go up and are expected to continue to move higher then typically the local currency, in this case the USD should rise while equities should fall as the higher funding rate makes doing business more expensive. However, we saw (as suggested above) the opposite happen overnight, with the US Dollar index falling quite dramatically, while U.S stocks surged ahead by as much as 1.6%.

Also strange was AUD rallied across the board while the Gold price rallied by nearly 2% which is typically a sign of increased risk aversion….Overall a very confusing night for markets and perhaps looking a little bit like the movie Split with lots of different personalities going on.


AUD – Employment Figures at 11.30am

JPY – Interest Rate decision

GBP – Interest Rate decision at 11.00pm

USD – Building Permits & Manufacturing Numbers at 11.30pm


AUD/USD – 0.7667

AUD/GBP – 0.6232

AUD/EUR – 0.7144

AUD/NZD – 1.0900

AUD/JPY – 89.941

***Above rates are indicative wholesale rates and intended as a guide only***

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Patrick Downes

Senior Corporate FX Dealer

Compass Markets

Phone Patrick – 0431 278 632 




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