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Taking stock of the carry trade after the FOMC’s surprise

While the shift towards rate hikes in several key emerging markets has provided a boost to their currencies, we doubt that the carry trade will fare as well in the second half of the year.
Jonas Goltermann Senior Markets Economist
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