The charts that matter: markets shrug off taper talk

Markets reacted calmly to the Federal Reserve’s confirmation that it would be reducing its monetary stimulus. Here’s what’s happened to the charts that matter most to the global economy.

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Now for the charts of the week.

The charts that matter

Gold levelled off a little after almost a month of steady rises, though it then shot up on Friday afternoon as US jobs data came in far weaker than most people expected (which gives the Federal Reserve more reason to be cautious when “tapering”).

Gold price chart

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(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) dropped, particularly after the aforementioned weak jobs data.

US dollar index chart

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(DXY: three months)

The Chinese yuan (or renminbi) continued to see very little action (when the red line is rising, the dollar is strengthening while the yuan is weakening).

USD/CNY currency chart

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

The yield on the ten-year US government bond ended the week more or less where it started, despite Jerome Powell confirming plans to cut monetary stimulus later this year.

US Treasury bond yield chart

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(Ten-year US Treasury yield: three months)

The yield on the Japanese ten-year bond was a little higher but still barely changed, despite news that Japan’s prime minister would step down.

Japanese government bond yield chart

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

And the yield on the ten-year German Bund was higher too, though tapered off towards the end of the week.

German Bund yield chart

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(Ten-year Bund yield: three months)

Copper paused its rebound from a recent low.

Copper price chart

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(Copper: nine months)

The closely-related Aussie dollar bounced back, too.

AUD/USD currency chart

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

Bitcoin continued to head back towards the moon, topping $50,000 for the first time since May this year.

Bitcoin price chart

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(Bitcoin: three months)

US weekly initial jobless claims fell by 14,000 to 340,000. The four-week moving average fell by 11,750 to 355,000. Meanwhile, the nonfarm payrolls figure for August, released on Friday afternoon, was far weaker than expected.

US initial weekly jobless claims chart

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

The oil price is back on its upward march, though it remains some way off its July high.

Brent crude oil price chart

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(Brent crude oil: three months)

Amazon slipped back after its recent run of gains.

Amazon share price chart

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(Amazon: three months)

And Tesla paused for breath, too.

Tesla share price chart

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(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.