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The Fed “just put the possibility of an interest rate hike in December firmly back on the table.” Which has “set the stage for what will be the most important 25-hour period that markets have experienced for a very long time. From 7.45 a.m. on Dec. 3 to 8.30 a.m. on Dec. 4, markets will embark on a rollicking cross-Atlantic tour of central bank speak and economic data.” First the “ECB will make an interest rate decision that could see further stimulus, followed by its conference at 8.30 a.m. Then at 10 a.m., Janet Yellen will appear before Congress. Markets will then get the chance for a brief sleep before 8.30 a.m. on Dec. 4, when the last U.S. jobs report before the Fed is scheduled to make its own interest rate decision on Dec. 16 is published. That decision could see the U.S. central bank tighten just as the ECB eases (the kind of divergence in international monetary policy that hasn’t happened since late 2008, a time of mass uncertainty). Source: Bloomberg


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