20 December 2018

Fed hike - not quite as dovish as expected

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Kimberley Robinson

Corporate PR Manager


Commenting on the latest rate hike by the Fed, Melanie Baker, senior economist, at Royal London Asset Management, said:

“The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), as expected, raised rates 25bps, with their projections implying one fewer rate rise next year. However, the signals sent in the statement and forecasts weren’t as dovish as we had expected, e.g. only making a small adjustment to their language around “further gradual” hikes (by adding the word “some”).  A more cautious signal from the Fed could have been justified (and would have been welcomed by equity markets) given the tightening in financial conditions and weaker global growth backdrop. However, the domestic economic data has looked strong enough to suggest that we aren’t at the peak of the rate cycle quite yet.

“We have pencilled in two more rate rises next year from the Fed which would be in line with what the FOMC’s economic projections now signal;  the US economy continues to outperform, labour markets look tight and pay growth has been rising. However, tighter financial market conditions and signs of some loss of momentum in the US economy, suggest a reasonable chance that the Fed will take an extended pause sooner than expected.”

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