THAT 2013 FEELING
Business Today Malaysia|April 2021
The sharp rise in the US Treasury recently has served as a reminder to us that is the stark contrast between the policy rates and how the market perceived of how the interest rates should evolve going forward. The 10-year US Treasury yields which is the barometer for the future interest rates have lept to 1.74 percent as of 19 March from 0.91 percent in the early part of January. Understandably, the incoming data from the US economy has been quite decent with total jobs created or the Nonfarm payroll (NFP) jumping to 379k in February against the median estimates of 182,000.
DR MOHD AFZANIZAM ABDUL RASHID

Similarly, business sentiments as indicated by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) for manufacturing industries have also traversing the 60.8 points during February, signaling more businesses are feeling upbeat about the state of the economy. The ISM’s demarcation line of 50 points separates those who are optimistic (>50) and pessimistic (<50). Essentially, is the businesses assessment of their business affairs such as their new orders, product pricing, employment, and how all this parameters stack up with the present state of the economy.

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