The charts that matter: the Fed puts the cat right in among investors’ pigeons

With the US Federal Reserve signalling its relaxed attitude to inflation, markets went a little haywire towards the end of this week. Here’s what happened to the charts that matter the most to the global economy.

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Now for the charts of the week.

The charts that matter

Gold continues to meander along, picking up slightly from its recent lows, seemingly oblivious to all that’s going on in the world around it.

Gold price chart

(Image credit: Gold price chart)

(Gold: three months)

The US dollar index (DXY – a measure of the strength of the dollar against a basket of the currencies of its major trading partners) is having a rather volatile time of things, dipping after the Fed’s Jerome Powell said interest rates would be going nowhere, but rallying since.

US dollar index chart

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(DXY: three months)

The Chinese yuan (or renminbi) continued its drift upwards against the dollar (when the red line is falling, the yuan is strengthening).

USD/CNY currency chart

(Image credit: USD/CNY currency chart)

(Chinese yuan to the US dollar: since 25 Jun 2019)

The yield on the ten-year US government bond was back on the rise, reacting to Jerome Powell’s pronouncements in the week.

US Treasury bond yield chart

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(Ten-year US Treasury yield: three months)

The yield on the Japanese ten-year bond bounced a little.

Japanese government bond yields chart

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(Ten-year Japanese government bond yield: three months)

And the yield on the ten-year German Bund was back on the rise, too.

German Bund yield chart

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(Ten-year Bund yield: three months)

Copper continued to consolidate after its recent big drop.

Copper price chart

(Image credit: Copper price chart)

(Copper: nine months)

The Aussie dollar traded in sympathy with the copper price.

AUD/USD currency chart

(Image credit: AUD/USD currency chart)

(Aussie dollar vs US dollar exchange rate: three months)

Cryptocurrency bitcoin had a little scare, but continues its seemingly unstoppable climb higher –though it remains just off its recent $60,000-plus high.

Bitcoin price chart

(Image credit: Bitcoin price chart)

(Bitcoin: three months)

US weekly jobless claims rose by 45,000 to 770,000, compared to 725,000 last week (revised up from 712,000). The four-week moving average fell to 746,250 from 762,250 (which was revised up from 759,000) the week before.

US jobless claims chart

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(US jobless claims, four-week moving average: since Jan 2020)

The oil price (as measured by Brent crude) took a big hit.

Brent crude oil price chart

(Image credit: Brent crude oil price chart)

(Brent crude oil: three months)

Amazon –along with the wider tech-heavy Nasdaq index –sold off heavily too after the Fed signalled its indifference to rising inflation, something that bodes ill for the growth stock boom.

Amazon share price chart

(Image credit: Amazon share price chart)

(Amazon: three months)

Tesla joined in the general tech-induced panic, too.

Tesla share price chart

(Image credit: Tesla share price chart)

(Tesla: three months)

Have a great weekend.

Ben Judge

Ben studied modern languages at London University's Queen Mary College. After dabbling unhappily in local government finance for a while, he went to work for The Scotsman newspaper in Edinburgh. The launch of the paper's website,, in the early years of the dotcom craze, saw Ben move online to manage the Business and Motors channels before becoming deputy editor with responsibility for all aspects of online production for The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News websites, along with the papers' Edinburgh Festivals website.

Ben joined MoneyWeek as website editor in 2008, just as the Great Financial Crisis was brewing. He has written extensively for the website and magazine, with a particular emphasis on alternative finance and fintech, including blockchain and bitcoin. As an early adopter of bitcoin, Ben bought when the price was under $200, but went on to spend it all on foolish fripperies.