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Weekly Market Update · 03.19.24

U.S. Bonds Fall on Hot Inflation, Multiple Central Banks to Meet this Week

Energy prices drove U.S. inflation higher in February. Central banks in Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. are scheduled to meet this week.
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Key Points
What it is
We review how key events from last week affected markets and highlight what could impact markets this week.
Why it matters
Inflation likely will play a key role in central banks’ decisions on interest rates, which may impact investment returns.
Where it's going
Japan’s central bank may increase its rate to end its negative rate policy while the U.S. and U.K. banks are unlikely to make moves.
Main Point

Bumpy Inflation

After upside surprises in U.S. inflation last week, investors will likely pay close attention to inflationary trends elsewhere for indications of any global price pressures. Higher wages may drive up inflation in Japan, and the Bank of Japan may raise its policy to rate to end its negative interest rate policy.

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