Shares climb, dollar eases, as Fed lays out new inflation strategy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A gauge of world equity markets climbed while the dollar and gold prices eased on Thursday after the Federal Reserve said it would roll out an aggressive new strategy that aims to boost employment and allow inflation to run faster than in the past.

Yields also rose on longer-dated government bonds as Fed Chair Jerome Powell laid out a policy that will seek to achieve inflation averaging 2% over time and offset below -2% periods with higher inflation “for some time.”

The Fed also aims to ensure employment doesn’t fall short of its maximum level, a new approach Powell said reflected an appreciation “that a robust job market can be sustained without causing an unwelcome increase in inflation.”

The dollar index =USD rose 0.27%, spot gold prices XAU= fell 0.6% to $1,941.67 an ounce and advancing shares outnumbered declining stocks on Wall Street.

“The dollar is going to be the punching bag again,” said Ed Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA in New York. Powell’s remarks “confirmed the market’s expectations that this extreme level of accommodation is not going away any time soon, and risky assets are liking that.”

MSCI’s benchmark for global equity markets .MIWD00000PUS rose 0.19% to 585.13, while Europe’s broad FTSEurofirst 300 index .FTEU3 dropped 0.04% to 1,445.92.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI rose 0.9%, the S&P 500 .SPX gained 0.47% and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 0.17%.

“The market will probably take some time to digest the implications,” said Nancy Davis, chief investment officer at Quadratic Capital Management LLC in Greenwich, Connecticut.

“But I believe that a higher willingness to let inflation run above 2% should hurt long-end bonds and inflation expectations probably should increase,” she said.

The 10-year U.S. Treasury US10YT=RR note rose 2.3 basis points to 0.7096%.

The euro EUR= was last down 0.28% at $1.1796.

Brent crude futures LCOc1 fell $0.59 to $45.05 a barrel. U.S. crude futures CLc1 slid $0.50 to $42.89 a barrel.

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