Luxembourg’s Philippe Torres has told institutional clients that the odds of the US Federal Reserve raising interest rates in September have receded in light of lackluster data from the world’s largest economy and growing uncertainty overseas including the Greek debt crisis and worries over China’s rapidly cooling economy.
“The Greek debt crisis and the potential fallout should the country exit the Euro zone is a far greater threat to the global economy than the politicians would have us believe,” wrote Guillaume Toussaint, Chief Investment Officer at Philippe Torres in a scheduled client communiqué.
The note was issued following the release of the minutes of the FOMC’s (Federal Open Market Committee) June meeting. The minutes showed that voting members struck a markedly dovish tone and pointed to a likely delay in the central bank’s timetable for a normalization of monetary policy.
“Most commentators have been predicting the Fed will raise rates for the first time in 9 years at its September meeting but it has always been our belief that the Fed missed the window of opportunity to hike last year,” explained Toussaint.
“In our view, it’s becoming patently obvious that, while the US economy may be improving there is an undeniable slowing in the pace of that improvement. Short of another collapse in oil prices, we don’t see any catalyst that could miraculously produce an acceleration in the pace of this recovery,” he continued.
Philippe Torres advised clients to remain “on the sidelines” in the US equity market but suggested buying Japanese equities on dips citing the potential for further monetary easing from the Bank of Japan.
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