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EM’s are ready for rate hikes, still it would be gradual – Fed’s Bullard

FXStreet (Mumbai) - Fed’s Bullard assured markets today that the emerging market (EM) economies are ready for the liftoff/rate hikes, but maintained that policy tightening would be more gradual in order to safeguard EMs from a potential negative impact.

Many in the markets, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have repeatedly said that a liftoff could rattle the emerging markets, especially those with high dollar denominated external debt.

Bullard also said a liftoff in October is difficult since it would be difficult to switch gears in just one month after Fed kept rates unchanged.

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Continued loose FOMC could create future bubbles, equities have returned to normal valuations

Hikes will be slow and gradual so won't hurt EM's

Fed vs market liftoff is still a mismatch

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