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Emerging markets set to be ‘hardest hit’ A passing comment was all it took to spark uncertainty and volatility in global markets last week. But given that the unplanned comment came from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen and concerned a possibly sooner-than-expected increase in interest rates, it is no surprise that investors around the world took notice. Based on Dr Yellen's remark that the Fed may raise short-term interest rates as soon as six months after it ends its bond-buying programme, analysts say this could mean interest rates could be hiked as early as April next year. Citibank Singapore's head of research and advisory, Ms Joyce Lim, notes this immediately caused volatility to rise in the markets. "Following this statement, equities and bonds reacted. Most major bourses traded lower during their sessions and bonds across tenures generally sold lower in anticipat...

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