Fed increases rates by 0.75%

The Federal Reserve increased its federal funds rate by 0.75% to 3.25%, intensifying its fight against inflation. US markets staged another late-day reversal, giving up their gains. With the Fed’s most recent increase, the short-term benchmark rate is at its highest since 2008.

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EU inflation at record high

Inflation in Euro Area reaches a record high of 10%. Inflation increased to 17.2% in Poland, the highest level in 26 years and far more than the 16.5% market expectation. Portugal’s annual inflation rate grew to 9.3%, the highest level since October 1992. Italian inflation rose to 8.9%, the highest in nearly 37 years.

US GDP shrank by 0.6% in Q2

Following a quarterly decline of 1.6% in Q1, the US economy shrank by an annualized 0.6% in Q2 2022. This matches the second estimate and proves the US had, in fact, entered a recession. US stock indices continue to dive lower.

China orders massive equity buying

China continued its lockdowns that appeared to hurt its economy as the rest of the world said goodbye to COVID. The nation’s real estate market and stock market suffered as a result. Currently, the government has directed state banks to buy equities to stop excessive selling.

Bearish sentiment rules markets

Rate hikes from all central banks worldwide are pushing markets lower. In the last week, DAX 40 fell by 4%, S&P 500 by 6%, and Dow Jones by 5%. Commodities followed, with WTI Crude Oil down 8% and natural gas down 11% for the week.

BoE raised rates by 50 bps

The Bank of England joined Federal Reserve and raised interest rates as expected by 50 bps to fight high inflation. This marks the 7th consecutive rate hike, pushing borrowing costs to the highest since 2008.

Fed increases rates by 0.75%

The Federal Reserve increased its federal funds rate by 0.75% to 3.25%, intensifying its fight against inflation. US markets staged another late-day reversal, giving up their gains. With the Fed’s most recent increase, the short-term benchmark rate is at its highest since 2008.

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GBP rises after last week’s turmoil

On the first trading day of Q4, the British pound climbed up near $1.12, returning to levels not seen in nearly two weeks. GBP rose right after the finance minister Kwarteng said he would not cut the top 45% income tax rate for the largest earners.

UK natural gas jumps sky-high

UK natural gas reached their highest level in two weeks on Friday, rising by almost 50% to 380. The surge was fueled by increased demand from gas-fired power facilities as a result of slower wind speeds.  As of September 28th, gas storage facilities in the UK were 94.65% full.

EU inflation at record high

Inflation in Euro Area reaches a record high of 10%. Inflation increased to 17.2% in Poland, the highest level in 26 years and far more than the 16.5% market expectation. Portugal’s annual inflation rate grew to 9.3%, the highest level since October 1992. Italian inflation rose to 8.9%, the highest in nearly 37 years.

Warner Music Group & OpenSea

The American record company, Warner Music Group, has partnered with the NFT marketplace OpenSea. In an effort to increase fan participation and foster community, artists signed to Warner Music Group will have their own drop sites on OpenSea. This could increase the adoption of NFTs despite their massive drop in popularity in 2022.

US GDP shrank by 0.6% in Q2

Following a quarterly decline of 1.6% in Q1, the US economy shrank by an annualized 0.6% in Q2 2022. This matches the second estimate and proves the US had, in fact, entered a recession. US stock indices continue to dive lower.

German inflation is sky-high

The rate of consumer price inflation in Germany increased to 10.0% year-over-year in September 2022. Inflation surpassed market predictions of 9.4% and marked the highest level since 1951 when it peaked at roughly 11.0%.

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