The Federal Reserve has been researching central bank digital currency (CBDC), referred to as “Fedcoin.” An executive order by President Biden encourages federal agencies to urgently research crypto regulations and explore plans to implement a CBDC. In the U.S. FedNow is the first step in that process.
Interest rates reached levels last seen in 2010 following U.K. prime minister Liz Truss’ surprise deficit-widening budget (and associated borrowing requirements) forced bond sales by U.K. Pensions in order to meet margin calls. U.S. Treasury rates, already moving higher in September, were pushed to even higher levels as panic set in at U.K. pensions in search of liquid assets to unload quickly. The September Market Commentary will try to help explain what is going on.
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