Divergence and the Dollar

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Screen Shot 2015-12-07 at 7.46.40 AMThe path of rate hikes by the US Fed and how their policy diverges from their fellow G7 nations continues to be heavily debated and will be one of the foremost important themes for the global economy in 2016.

There is no question the decision makers at US Fed sit between a rock and hard place. A report out of the Financial Times at the end of last week revealed more than a trillion dollars in US corporate debt has been downgraded so far this year. This represents a 72 per cent jump in the total value of US debt that was downgraded in the first 11 months of 2014. Much of the story is related to the energy picture and US companies that face declining revenues with weaker commodity prices, but also linked is the fear and pressure created from higher interest rates from the path of Fed rate hikes.