Macro Briefing: 24 April 2024

* Fed likely to err on hawkish side of fewer rate cuts: Former Fed Vice Chair Clarida
* China may face new wave of bond defaults, predicts S&P Global Ratings
* Ether ETFs unlikely to receive US approval in May: Standard Charter
* New US home sales surged in March despite high mortgage rates
* US economic activity slows to 4-month low in April: PMI survey data:

Correlation between US stocks and bonds has risen sharply recently, based on a rolling 3-year window, Morningstar reports. Reviewing the historical record, “The most acute spikes in correlation happened during concentrated periods of interest-rate stress,” writes Amy C. Arnott, an analyst at the consultancy. “When the market expects borrowing costs to climb, correlations between stocks and bonds typically increase.”

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