U.S central bank boosts European stock markets after deciding against tapering its economic stimulus
In response to the Federal Reserve deciding against changing its $85bn (£54bn) bond-buying plan this month, European and Asian stock markets have seen a positive rise.
An increase of 1.23% was seen in London’s 100 index, 1.32% in Paris’s Cac, 1.15% in Frankfurt’s Dax, 1.5% in Japan’s Nikkei 225, almost 2% in Hong Kong’s Hang Seng, and 1.2% in Australia’s ASX 200 which was the highest it’s been in 5 years.
After speculation from investors about reductions in the US central bank monthly bond-buying plan, the Federal Reserve stated that
it would not begin tapering this month. This is a direct result of the high unemployment levels and slow progress of recovery in the US economy.
The growth forecast for the bank decreased to between 2.0% and 2.3% for the month of September which was a difference of 0.3% from June this year.
Due to the sensitivity of certain markets, particularly the emerging ones such as Asia, the Fed policy looks to be judging their pace of purchases on the economic development. Continuous stimulus in the markets can cause instability and expose weaknesses in terms of growth and structure.
This was seen in May this year when speculations that the Federal Reserve would be tapering provoked investors to move their money out of the country in a number of sell-offs. Because of the high returns offered by Asian markets, significant amounts of money were invested there and international currencies became weakened.
The next policy meeting of the Federal Reserve in October also seems likely to forego tapering. The process of tapering or quantitative easing is beneficial for the stock market but not for the US labour market, as has been demonstrated over the last five years. Bringing an end to the asset programme is also on the agenda to stop markets operating on a “borrowed tab”.