: Euro and bond yields lifted by ECB official saying half-point rate hike is possible


The euro rallied on Tuesday, helped by a rise in bond yields as well as comments from a European Central Bank policymaker in which he said a half percentage point interest rate hike was possible.

Klaas Knot told a Dutch television program said he favors a quarter-point rate hike, but would support a half-point increase if new data suggest inflation is broadening further or accumulating. While regarded as one of the most hawkish voices on the ECB, Knot’s was the first to broach a half-point increase.

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The yield on the Italian 2-year bond TMBMKIT-02Y, 0.909% shot up 12 basis points, to 0.92%. The yield on the German 2-year bund TMBMKDE-02Y, 0.259% rose 13 basis points, to 0.27%.

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